The Quest for Knowledge: Lewis in Philadelphia

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  Call for Papers: 2003 Annual Meeting

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

August 10 - August 13, 2003
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is now seeking paper proposals on specific topics for presentation at our annual meeting in 2003, hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter, in cooperation with the American Philosophical Society, National Park Service and the Academy of Natural Sciences. To commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition we hope to showcase the latest scholarship on the social, cultural and scientific worlds existing in Philadelphia in 1803. With the theme of the meeting The Quest for Knowledge: Lewis in Philadelphia, we are especially interested in the submission of papers on the following topics:

Lewis' Mentors & Expedition Associates
Andrew Ellicott – Surveying/Instruments/Cartography
Robert Patterson – Mathematics/Cryptography/Navigational Instruments
Caspar Wistar – Paleontology/Anatomy
Benjamin Smith Barton - Botany
Benjamin Rush – Medical Practice/Herbs/Vaccination
Alexander Wilson – Ornithology
Nicholas Biddle - Publishing
Charles Wilson Peale – Painting/Museum

Philadelphia in 1803 – 1810 (1807 for Lewis or 1810 for Clark)
Local Pubs & Politics
Demographics: Minorities, Native Americans, Women, Slavery, Indentured servitude, Culture, etc.
Contrasting demographics: ie. - Philadelphia, PA and Ablemarle Co. VA.

Papers will be reviewed according to:

appropriateness to the meeting focus,
adequacy of references to related work.

Full papers should not exceed 1/2 hour in length when presented. Use of audiovisuals is encouraged.

Each abstract should contain the following information:

Title of the paper and the subject category in which the paper should be reviewed.
Name, affiliation, mailing address of the author, email address of the author.
Abstract of 200-300 words and a brief biography (100 words)


February 4, 2002 Submission of abstract
May 6, 2002 Notification of acceptance
January 15, 2003 Paper submission
April 2, 2003 Camera ready deadline

Those selected receive full meeting registration free of charge.

Submit proposals and any questions to:
or mail to:

Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF
P.O. Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136-9534
ATT: Program Committee

Invited speakers to date:

John Logan Allen
Steven Ambrose
Whitfield Bell
Edward Carter
Dayton Duncan
Richard McCourt
Gary Moulton
Seymour Preston
James Ronda
Alfred Schuyler


The official language of the meeting is English.

Papers should not have been published elsewhere, and must not be under concurrent review for other scholarly publications.

All abstracts will be blind-reviewed. Only the title and abstract should appear on the manuscript body, without any reference to author name, address or contact information. Include a separate sheet of paper indicating paper title, abstract, author name(s) and contact information.

Papers included in transactions at the discretion of the Program committee.

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Updated November 11, 2001