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For Immediate Release:
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,

(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 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:
Philadelphia Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Updated September 2, 2002