For Immediate Release:
FOR TEACHERS, TOURISTS, AND FANS
HOW TO GET NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR LEWIS AND CLARK BICENTENNIAL
THAT EXPLAIN PHILLY CONNECTIONS
As the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition approaches
(January 19, 2003 through September, 2006) new publications, both
free and for sale, are available for teachers, libraries, the tourism
industry, and curious minds that are planning ahead. They are offered
by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage
Foundation, Inc. (LCTHF), on the web site, www.lewisandclarkphila.org.
(The following is for those who do not have access to a computer.)
Chapter Founder Frank Muhly of Mayfair in the northeast has designed
and led popular walks in parts of old Philadelphia where Meriwether
Lewis left his footprints. Muhly researched and mapped 72 sites
in Philadelphia that are related to Lewis visit in 1803, and
to Clark, who came later to Philadelphia after the journey to pursue
efforts to print the Journals. Because the house numbers in Philadelphia
changed in 1857, Muhly and researchers had to update them all. The
result is an entertaining two sided street map of the early city
showing where Lewis trod during his preparations, and where both
he and Clark were after the journey. Muhly's map is now an addition
to the first of the new publications.
*A reprinted bulletin Contributions of Philadelphia to
Lewis and Clark History by the late Paul Russell Cutright
of Beaver College (now Acadia University). It shows where Lewis
and a Quaker, Israel Whelan, "purveyor of public supplies,"
bought 3,500 pounds of supplies. Also locations of homes of the
mentors, friends, and contacts Lewis met. The reprint, with map,
is $17.95 including S&H. It will provide funds for Bicentennial
activities of the Chapter. Order from Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF,
6010 Canon Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034. The Free Library
of Philadelphia has recently agreed to add limited copies to the
collections of its library branches. The Chapter would like to
see interested schools acquire them and conduct essay and art
contests featuring this new piece of Historic Pride for Philly.
*With funding from a National Park Service Challenge Cost Share
Program (NPS-CCSP), Muhly designed and published The Eastern
Legacy of Lewis and Clark which traces Lewis' route from
Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry, then to Lancaster, and to Philadelphia
to meet his mentors and shop for supplies.
The free brochure can be picked up at the Athenaeum, the Library
Company, The American Philosophical Society and in the social
studies and history department of the Free Library of Philadelphia,
Central, 2nd floor, at 19th and Vine Streets. It may be obtained
by sending an SASE business envelope to Philadelphia Chapter,
LCTHF, 3206 Disston Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149. For 50 free
copies, send written request and a check for $6.00 to cover postage.
The Chapter has applied for grants from the NPS-CCSP to publish
two companion pieces to The Eastern Legacy of Lewis and Clark.
Funding of $9,000 has been received for a brochure to be called
Lewis and Clark in Philadelphia.
However, no funding has been received for a booklet of maps with
appropriate walking tours of each of four quadrants of Philadelphia
which can be used by tour guides. The Chapter is seeking private
funds to cover a shortfall.
*A 2003 Bicentennial Calendar (with a bonus month
of December, 2002) is already preprinted with a concise daily
timeline of events in the saga of Lewis and Clark. The first in
a series of four calendars to cover years 2003-06, it covers connections
of Philadelphia and the Eastern States to the preparations for
the Expedition. Produced and photographed by Richard Prestholdt
of Bridgewater, NJ it is for readers too busy to pour over the
newest 13 volume set of the Journals. For a description, see www.prestholdtimages.com.
Send check for $14.95 plus $3.50 S&H to Prestholdtimages,
PO Box 6291, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Prestholdt will donate $5
of each sale to the Philadelphia Chapter for Bicentennial activities.
Excellent for schools, broadcast media and the press as well as
for history buffs.
For membership information, click on the web site, or write to:
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136