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Invitation to Philadelphia Chapter members: the Yo, Meriwether Walk on Thursday, May 8, 2003.

Meet us at 10 am at the Market Street entrance to 30th Street Station and walk about 3 miles to Independence Mall to see Lewis’s portrait at 3:30 pm. Charles Willson Peale will meet us there. We will have a short preview of two exhibits along the way. (See route below.) Dr. Rick McCourt, curator of the Lewis and Clark Herbarium will lead us. We hope to call attention to the arrival day of M. Lewis. Then to City Tavern for cash bar. Mr Peale will join us!

The Walk will be held rain or shine from 10 am to 3 pm. “Modern day dress” is fine, up to you, so dress for weather, wear good shoes. Carry a “trail” lunch and water or plan to eat from pushcarts along the way. If you can’t make the entire Walk, join us by choosing a time and place below. Get to the spot to join us at least ten minutes before the time stated. It would be good to have a crowd at Lewis’s portrait at the First Bank of the US on 3rd Street between Walnut and Chestnut in Independence National Historic Park. You may also hop a bus, drop out and return later if necessary. (Just a friendly reminder that Supporting members of the Philadelphia Chapter, those not holding national membership as well, are not going to be covered by chapter or foundation insurance at chapter events.)

Please call Norma at 856-829-3142 by Tuesday, May 6, so she will have a count, or email her at The size of the group will be limited for simplicity and security. Police will be notified of our route.

Walkers will stay on sidewalks and pause at the following Lewis-related sites: (Times are approximate.)

From the Market St. Entrance of 30th Street Station, cross Market Street Bridge to 22nd St. Turn left (N).

*The College of Physicians (19 So. 22nd St.) to preview the exhibit “Only One Man Died: Medical Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail." (10:30 am to 11:00) Continue on So. 22nd St., to Winter St., turn right (E) past the Philadelphia School District office on Winter St. and the Offices of Boy Scouts of America.

* The Academy of Natural Sciences on Logan Circle (11:15-12:00)— Press Conference in the Darwin Room to hear Jeffrey Olson of the National Park Service announce the opening of the traveling exhibition, “Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future,” from May 9-20 at the Valley Forge VisitorsCenter. Gerard Baker will be there to meet Dr. James Baker, Academy president. OR You may preview a new exhibit, "The Literature of Lewis and Clark," 60 historic items, rare books, maps, photographs, newspapers, Indian artifacts, bird carvings from Lewis and Clark College. Walk SE on Parkway.

* Eat bag lunch in Love Park (12:15-12:45). Walk past Masonic Temple, through City Hall, south on Broad St. to Locust. Turn left (E.)

* The Library Company at 1314 Locust St. (1:15 pm-1:40) will show the du Pratz book “The History of Louisiana” which Lewis carried to the Pacific Ocean and back, endorsing his thanks to the lender, botanist Benjamin Smith Barton. On special exhibit from May 8-12 and later from August 11-13 with the estate catalogue of Isaiah Lukens, which served to remove the mystery of who made the celebrated air gun that Lewis used to impress the Indian tribes without using gunpowder. Walk east on Locust, turn left (N.) on 12th, go to Market St. (Loews Hotel site of our national meeting in August 10-13.) Turn right (E.)

* Today’s US. Post Office at 9th and Market (passing about 2:00-2:10) where the University of Pennsylvania was then located. Lewis went immediately to see math professor Robert Patterson who helped him shop for instruments for celestial navigation. Walk down Market to 6th St., south on 6th.

* The open plaza at Rohm and Haas (2:25-2:30) between Market and Chestnut on 6th St. across from new Liberty Bell construction is where Lewis’s friend, Morris County NJ native Mahlon Dickerson lived in a town house in 1803. Dickerson, a lawyer, was then serving as a city councilman of Philadelphia. He had met Lewis in Washington at Jefferson’s table. He would become Lewis’s guide to city pubs, entertainment, horseback trails, the home of US Senator Dr. George Logan, Pennsylvania Governor ThomasMcKean, and other notables. Dickerson later returned to Jersey, served as Governor, US Senator, and Secretary of the Navy under Andrew Jackson. Continue South on 6th.

* The Athenaeum on South side of Washington Square (2:35-2:50) to see the portrait of artisan Isaiah Lukens by Rembrandt Peale. Lukens made the air gun to lend to Lewis for the journey. Walk back to Walnut St, turn right (E) and continue to 4th St. Turn left (N) to American Philosophical Society Library on right.

* The American Philosophical Society (3:00-3:20) at 4th and Chestnut in Independence National Historic Park where the original Journals of Lewis and Clark are archived as well as journals of other members of the expedition. An exhibit of a forerunner to Lewis and Clark is running there now. Walk through the Park to 3rd St. as follows.

* Between 3:30 and 4:00 pm, the group will arrive at the First Bank of the United States ( 3rd between Chestnut and Walnut) in INHP to visit the Charles Willson Peale portraits of the explorers. With a “Yo, Meriwether” welcome, the Chapter will open a summer of “Walking in the Footprints of Lewis and Clark in Philadelphia,” the title of a new brochure designed by Frank Muhly which will soon be available, thanks to the National Park Service. Cross 3rd street, walk past Mercantile Bank building to City Tavern on 2nd St.

A free brochure called Lewis and Clark in Historic Philadelphia is available at libraries. Or you may send a self addressed two ounce business envelope to Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF, 3206 Disston Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149.
Teachers may order free bundles of 50, postage free.


Updated May 12, 2003