Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage
Strawbridges Pickwick Room Philadelphia PA
January 11, 2003 1:00 pm
I. Bob Weir opened the meeting. He introduced and welcomed about
a dozen first time guests.
II. Paul Shaver presented Frank Muhly with a medicine chest modeled
on Lewiss which Paul had made from walnut and finished beautifully.
III. Recording secretary Jean Jones was unable to attend. The minutes
of the October 12 2002 meeting were informally accepted.
IV. Treasurer Marion Rowen presented the annual financial report.
V. Frank Muhly updated four items:
A. The map/brochures Lewis and Clark in Historic Philadelphia
and The Eastern Legacy of Lewis and Clark have been well
B. Historic Markers are in process. The one for the Academy of
Natural Sciences is ready to go. Three more (for Barton, Patterson,
and the Schuylkill Arsenal) have been approved. The plan is to
dedicate them in the spring of 2003.
C. Frank has completed the application to the National Park Service
for the Walking Map of Philadelphia.
D. The traveling exhibit organized by the Missouri Historical
Society will be at the Academy of Natural Sciences from Nov. 6,
2004 - Mar. 20, 2005.
V. Dick Prestholdt and Ed Welch are working on the plans to bring
the Corps of Discovery II to Philadelphia. No specific information
is available yet.
VI. The kickoff events for the Bicentennial commemoration begin
next week at Monticello. Bob Weir read an invitation from Jane Henley
to a special party for the LCTHF members.
VII. Anne Mackintosh reported that she and Pi Di Piazza attended
the opera York at Penn State in November. (The composer and
librettist had attended the Philadelphia Chapter meeting held in
Louisville in July to talk about the opera.)
VIII. The formation of the Nominations Committee was announced.
Members are Frank Muhly, Katy Hineline, and John Iskrant. Elections
will be held at the October 2003 meeting.
IX. Donna Weaver, who spoke at the October meeting, showed the
final designs chosen for the Lewis and Clark commemorative dollar,
which will be issued in 2004. From the many designs offered, Donnas
were the ones chosen. Congratulations to her!
X. Rose Muhly reported that there has been interest in a Chapter
trip to Harpers Ferry for a Bicentennial Commemoration called
Supplied for Survival: Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry. Rose
has printed information about the weekend events and has arranged
for a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn. Travel will be by private
car and Rose has agreed to help those who need rides to find them.
XI. Nancy Davis gave an update on Annual Meeting plans. The hotel
is almost full, about a third of City Tavern is booked, and registrations
are moving along. (The deadline for the early reservation discount
is January 31.) She recognized program committee members Tom Davis
and Bob Weir, history committee members Charles Reed , Frank Muhly,
and Nancy herself, and transportation committee members Jim Shaw,
Trudy Reed, and Paul Shaver, who are arranging for the trolley buses.
Volunteers are needed for herders, tour guides, and
bus captains. The history committee is writing scripts for the bus
captains to use.
XII. Norma Milner reported for publicity and Anne Mackintosh said
that all information about the Annual Meeting is now online. Norma
announced that the Botany Club has invited Chapter members to a
meeting of special interest. To commemorate the Bicentennial of
the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Philadelphia Botanical Club
offers a unique public lecture, Saving an American TreasureThe
Lewis and Clark Herbarium during the next 200 years by Richard
M. McCourt of the Academy of Natural Sciences Botany Department.
McCourt is curator of the newly archived plant collection gathered
and pressed by the explorers in the American mid-West and West from
1803 through 1806. He will present the challenges of the present
project to save the more than 200 specimens as well as its fabled
history of travels to England, auctions, and trials on the way to
survival. McCourt will speak at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 23 at
the Marvin Comisky Conference Center, Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley
LLP, One Logan Square (one block east of the Academy). Enter the
Logan Square building on the north side of Cherry Street between
18th and 19th Streets. The lecture is free.
XIII. Norma also indicated that special displays would be found
soonat the Athenaeum, the Library Company, Pennsylvania Hospital,
and the Masonic Temple.
XIV. Ernie Schuyler added that the Academy of Natural Sciences
website now has a special section devoted to Lewis and Clark at
XV. Anne Mackintosh encouraged all Chapter members to renew their
memberships soon (a number have done so already) so that the down
payments needed for aspects of the Annual Meeting can be paid.
XVI. Gretchen Worden announced that the College of Physicians will
have a major exhibit titled Only One Man Died, which will
open to the public on Feb. 19.
XVII. Rose Muhy told of a Chapter fundraiser being planned. Helen
Hanson made and framed two counted cross stitch pictures, one of
Monticello and one of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagewea, and has donated
them to the Chapter. They will be offered in a silent auction at
the March meeting; if the minimum bid is not met they will be offered
at the Annual Meeting.
XVIII. Frank Muhly will speak to the Friends of Independence Park
at a meeting on February 25.
XIX. The next Chapter meeting will be at Strawbridges on Saturday,
March 8. Ron Avery, former columnist for the Daily News,
will speak about the city of Philadelphia.
Bob Weir then spoke about the pieces he had brought which are part
of is collection of Lewis and Clark memorabilia. Many were souvenirs
of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Sheet
music, decanters, a childs pencil box, a cobalt blue plate,
and drinking glasses are some of the objects he has collected from
places throughout the country. (Part of his collection is on view
in the Charlottesville Airport for the activities next week.) Members
then had the opportunity to ask questions and examine the objects
The meeting was adjourned at 2:45.
Anne Mackintosh (subbing for Jean Jones)
Thanks to Tom Davis for taking these photos.