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The three year Bicentennial Commemoration of the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition begins-- a list of links to events of 2003

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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.
normammilner@earthlink.net
856-829-3142
Anne Dean Mackintosh, webmaster
webmaster@lewisandclarkphila.org
856-216-9463
Frank Muhly, Founder
Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF
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215-331-4178

The three year Bicentennial Commemoration of the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition opens 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 position.

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, Jefferson’s 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 Lewis’s 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 retiredteacher and computer advisor from the Friends School, Haddonfield.

Lewis's keelboat replica: www.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 trail system.
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Updated December 28, 2002
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