Philadelphia Chapter of The Lewis and- Clark Trail Heritage Foundation,
Held in The Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky
July 30, 2002
Present were Bob Weir, Phyllis Drewyer, Doc Drewyer,
Mary Jane Whalen, Tom Davis, Marion Rowen, Charles Reed, Frank Muhly,
Rose Muhly, Marsha S. Thompson, Elaine Prestholdt, Richard Prestholdt,
Stephanie Begley-Smith, Brad Smith, Ruth Backer, Katy Hineline,
Anne Mackintosh, Doris Polites, Trudi Reed, Nancy Davis and Norma
Milner. Guests were Steve Polk, Jason Charnesky and Bruce Trinkley.
Bob Weir opened the meeting at 9:20 pm. The attendees introduced
Frank Muhly indicated that the Corps of Discovery II is interested
in having Philadelphia as one of the sites as it follows the path
of the original Corps of Discovery. The Corps equipment will
consist of three tents and two trailers. Dick Prestholdt and Charles
Sacavage have agreed to think about being the persons to arrange
for the Corps' stay in Philadelphia. Dick indicated that he is just
getting started. A number of items which would need to be looked
into were mentioned. These included: dates, staffing needs, finances,
our level of responsibility and site. Tom Davis mentioned that Dick
Williams (Park Service) is here at the meeting and might be able
to answer some of our questions.
It was concluded that we need investigate the funding and manpower
requirements of this venture before we agree to be a part of it.
Dick will explore the possibilities and report back to the group.
Frank reported on a trip which a number of members had made to
the Masonic Hall in Philadelphia. Meriwether Lewis was a Mason and
the group in Philadelphia has a request from Lewis for permission
to organize a Masonic Lodge in St Louis. The Philadelphia Masons
have ordered a set of 29 framed panels showing the plant specimens
collected by Lewis and Clark on their westward trek. The Masons
are planning to display this set during the time of our meeting.
Norma proposed that we invite the Masons to attend our October chapter
meeting and that our president write a letter supporting the efforts
of the Masons to create a display of plant material in the Masonic
Hall in July and August of 2003. The members approved this proposal.
Visitors Bruce Trinkley and Jason Charnesky described their opera
which will be performed at a Lewis and Clark conference in State
College Pa (14-16 November, 2002). An opera about the life of York,
entitled York The Voice
of Freedom, we will be hearing two songs from it on the
closing day of the conference. Another visitor, Steve Polk, described
a Lewis and Clark musical which has been created and performed to
some acclaim (book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Donald Alan
Siegal). He wonders it we would be interested in featuring it at
our meeting in August 2003. There would be some expense involved.
Steve left with Bob Weir a copy of the video of the production for
Norma Milner asks that we distribute chapter application forms
to our friends.
The meeting adjourned 10:30.
Submitted by Katy Hineline, Secretary pro tem
Composer Bruce Trinkley and lyricist Jason Charnesky delight Doris
Polites with their enthusiasm for their opera.