Philadelphia Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation,
PO Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136-9534
Contact: Norma Milner
For Immediate Release (452 words):
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage
Foundation (LCTHF) has published a first map of Lewis and Clark
related sites in this city showing research never before summarized
in map form. The two sided color map comes with a revised edition
of Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History"
by the late Paul Russell Cutright of Jenkintown who used original
letters and documents to describe Lewis activities in Philadelphia.
He was a faculty member at Beaver College, now Arcadia University.
The Foundations magazine, We Proceeded On or WPO
originally published it.
The national LCTHF will hold its annual meeting here in the Bicentennial
year, 2003, August 9-13, at the Loews Hotel. The 50 page booklet
with map is a fundraiser at $14 plus $3.95 S&H. Send check to
Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF, 6010 Cannon Hill Road, Fort Washington,
PA 19034. Write or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for quantity pricing.
The Chapter acknowledges support from James -Allan Printing and
The Free Library of Philadelphia has recently added copies of the
Cutright booklet to be distributed to its branches. The publication
is available at The Philadelphia Print Shop on Germantown Avenue
in Chestnut Hill and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble. If not
on the shelf, Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History
may be ordered at other major chain stores that are serviced by
Partners Book Distributing.
A carefully researched map is included in the Cutright publication.
The map is fun when you see that
- Lewis bought tomahawks to trade with the Indians at a shop located
where WHYY is today,
- bought his wines from a merchant located on the spot where the
Liberty Bell has been sitting the last few years, and, in the
manner of young men, tasted the social life of the city with a
future Governor of New Jersey, Mahlon Dickerson, whose row house
at 22 South 6th Street been replaced by the corporate giant, Rohm
- Meriwether Lewis also slept here from early May to mid June
at a boardinghouse run by a widow, Mrs. Wood, on North Front Street,
although the house has been demolished and the site is now under
the Ben Franklin bridge approaches.
- Lewis was not a dull boy either. Besides visiting
taverns and parties at the homes of Jeffersons friends,
he attended a magic show by showman Rannie with his
friend Dickerson in a hall just behind Christ Church on 2nd Street.
Magic was a big draw then, too.