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CONTACTS AS FOLLOWS:
Norma M. Milner, publicity December 28, 2002
Philadelphia Chapter (one of 40 chapters in the nation)
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Anne Dean Mackintosh, webmaster
Frank Muhly, Founder
Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF
Philadelphia Ranks High as Nation Cybers-Up to Commemorate Lewis
and Clark Bicentennial
Late in December, 1802, Meriwether Lewis, then Jeffersons
personal aide at the Presidents House in Washington, began
corresponding with Henry Voight, a watchmaker and the Coiner
of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Lewis said he would need an accurate
chronometer to determine his precise location on a secret expedition.
He also wanted some of the new Jefferson Peace Medals
being struck in three sizes to take where he would present them
to Indian Chiefs. He would pick up the medals in May, 1803, in Philadelphia,
where he bought a chronometer from another clockmaker, Thomas Parker,
at 13 South 3rd Street in what is today Old City. He then took it
to Voight to have it adjusted.
A University of Pennsylvania mathematics professor and former navigational
expert for the Revolutionary Army, Robert Patterson, helped him
buy the chronometer with written advice sent to him by Andrew Ellicott
of Lancaster who had spent three weeks refreshing Lewiss skills
in celestial navigation, building upon what Jefferson had taught
him at the Presidents House since 1801.
Patterson monitored Lewis as he practiced taking celestial readings
from the May skies in Philadelphia in preparation for doing it on
the trail. Using a book of trigonometric tables they carried with
them, the explorers would translate these readings into latitude
and longitude for the first detailed map of the West drawn by William
Clark. In 1814, the map became part of the first edition of the
Lewis and Clark Journals, published through the efforts of Nicholas
Biddle who employed an editor, Paul Allen, to complete the long
delayed job. Again Philadelphia was important, the site of the printing
firm called Bradford and Inskeep. An historic marker marks the Biddle
home at 7th near Spruce Street and also at his later home, Andalusia
on the Delaware north of the City.
Letters took a week or more to get places then, going by coach
or horseback. Lewis, riding horseback at 7 miles an hour as he covered
the mid-Atlantic states, could not have imagined that 200 years
into the future, something called a computer would bring instant
communication around the world, and his name would be flying through
cyber space in seconds.
The three year Bicentennial Commemoration of the epic Lewis
and Clark Expedition opened at 11 am on Saturday, January 18,
2003, with a parade and music at Monticello in Charlottesville,
VA, in the midst of an exposition.
The following Web Sites can inform the curious of what's planned
when Bicentennial Fever, traveling exhibitions, and Signature events
sweep the nation from 2003-06. The National Ad Council has promised
up to $165 million worth of advertising to the national Lewis and
Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. (LCTHF), a non-profit volunteer
organization with 40 Chapters across the country. Organizers have
agreed to call the Bicentennial a Commemoration rather
than a Celebration out of respect for the American Indian
Kick-off Exposition: www.monticello.org./jefferson/lewisandclark:
Jan. 14-19, 2003. Jefferson's West: music, scholarly
speakers, environmental exhibits, American Indian events. A parade
and concert on the West Lawn of Monticello on Saturday, Jan. 18
will officially open the Bicentennial. Also, premiere of National
Park Service's interactive traveling museum "Corps of Discovery
II: 200 Years to the Future" with support of the
Bureau of Indian Affairs:
www.nps.gov/lecl/welcome.htm. Congress made Monticello a Lewis
and Clark site on the Historic Trail in January. 2002
Poplar Forest, Jeffersons retreat home. www.poplarforest.org.
The next host to the Corps II traveling exhibit above. Dates
and details will be announced on web site. Near Lynchburg, Poplar
Forest was designed by Jefferson for his summer home.
New Museum opens at Harpers Ferry: www.nps.gov/hafe
March 28-30, 2003. Showing the first ever replica of Lewis's
Iron Frame Folding Boat which later failed. Also rifles,
knives and fishing gear ordered during his visit there. Corps
II will also be on site for opening of a new museum to Lewiss
visit in 1803 which will be on-going.
Lewis Learns Celestial Navigation in Lancaster: www.lewisclarklancaster.org
(web site in preparation): Beginning April 19, 2003, Lancaster
historic societies, the North Museum Planetarium, and the Sehner-Ellicott-von
Hess House will offer tours, walks, exhibits about the three weeks
that Lewis studied navigational skills with leading astronomer Andrew
Ellicott, 200 years ago.
The Philly Connection: www.lewisandclarkphila.org
May and June, 2003, through August. Exhibits in the city
tell the story of Lewis shopping and honing his skills. Saturday
through Wednesday, August 9-13, 2003. Details of the National
Meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation in the
Bicentennial year hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter at the Loews
Hotel in Center City. Libraries, historic institutions offer public
displays about the five mentors of Lewis and Clark, their Journals
archived at the American Philosophical Society, their Herbarium
of plant specimens held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and
portraits of Lewis and Clark. Site was partilly funded by the Geraldine
R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Webmaster Anne Mackintosh of Cherry Hill, NJ, is a retired teacher
and computer advisor from the Haddonfield Friends School.
Lewis's keelboat replica: http://lewisandclark.pghhistory.org/
From mid-July to August 31, 2003, a replica of the keelboat
that Lewis designed and had built at Elizabeth, PA outside Pittsburgh
will be at the Pittsburgh History Center, 1212 Smallman Street,
provided by Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri. Volunteers
will pilot the unique craft down the Ohio River to Clarksville,
Indiana where Lewis picked up William Clark, his slave York, and
nine young military volunteers from Kentucky. It will continue to
Camp Wood at DuBois, Illinois where the Corps of Discovery spent
the first winter. It is being rebuilt. In the spring the expedition
will continue up the Missouri to Ft. Mandan near Bismarck, ND, the
second winter camp.
Signature Events over three years: www.lewisandclark200.org
January 18, 2003 to September 26, 2006.
The planning and overseeing of each event has been carried out by
the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Links
to local venues. The site also lists more than 70 members of the
US Senate and House of Representatives in 21 states who belong to
the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Congressional Caucus.
National Web Site: www.lewisandclark.org
"Keepers of the Story, Stewards of the Trail," is the
motto of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. (LCTHF),
an organization of 40 Chapters across the nation. The National Historic
Lewis and Clark Trail now covers 11 states between the Mississippi
and the Pacific and is part of the National Park Service's historic