Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 39634
Philadelphia, PA 19136 www.lewisandclarkphila.org
CONTACT: Norma M. Milner (956) 829-3142
Fans of Lewis and Clark are invited to join national members of
the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation for their Bicentennial
meeting at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 12th and Market; Sunday,
August 10 through Wednesday, August 13, 2003, hosted by the Philadelphia
Chapter (one of 42 in the nation).
The meeting theme "Quest for Knowledge: Lewis in Philadelphia"
will center on the young explorers visit to the City known
as the Athens of America in order to ready himself for
the challenge ahead. The program will include scholarly papers on
various "contributions of Philadelphia" to the success
of the expedition.
Trolley tours will be conducted through the historic city with
commentary. A self guided walking tour map Footprints
shows 58 sites connected to Lewis and Clark. Lewis bought many of
his supplies, handmade shirts, uniforms, Indian trade goods, kettles,
portable soup, whiskey, tobacco, wine, scientific instruments, medicines,
and quills and dried ink to use for keeping detailed notes of the
Participants will see an exhibit of selected Lewis and Clark journals
at APS, the herbarium of Lewis and Clark plants archived at the
Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS), the portraits of the explorers
in Independence NHP at the First Bank of the United States, and
a medical exhibit at the College of Physicians called "Only
One Man Died: Medical Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Music and dance of the period will be offered. An award will be
given to the winner of a chapter sponsored Composers Competition
for the best chamber orchestra composition depicting Lewis in Philadelphia.
The winning selection will be played before the closing keynote
speech. On Sunday, August 10, a special tour of three historic homes
of the period, Stenton, Woodlands, and Bartram's Garden will be
offered exclusively, at low cost, to those registered for the entire
The opening Keynote speaker will be Robert Peck, research scientist
at ANS. Other noted speakers will include Gary Moulton, editor of
the newest 13 volume edition of the Lewis and Clark Journals,
published by the University of Nebraska, and Dayton Duncan,
scriptwriter for the Ken Burns TV special.
A Monday night panel discussing "Why Study Lewis and Clark
in the 21st Century?" will be moderated by Lanford Y. Jones,
vice president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial,
who has reported, written, and edited at Life, Time, Money
and People. Authors on the panel will be Dr. James Ronda
of the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. John Logan Allen of the
University of Wyoming, Dr. Barbara Oberg of Princeton University,
and Dr. Michael Zuckerman of the University of Pennsylvania.
Full registration for the four day meeting is $315 for members and
$355 for non-members until July 1, 2003. A daytime children's program
is offered in the Historic District at $170 for children of parents
attending the meeting. Program and registration forms are found
The web site also offers "partial registration" for three
fee events available to non-members who register before July 1,
2003. Upon receipt of a reservation and checks, a confirmation letter
is sent. The opening keynote speaker, Robert Peck, at 5:30 at the
Loews on Sunday followed by the Colonial Dancers of Germantown is
$15; on Tuesday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences, a light
buffet and reception with lecture by Dr. Gary Moulton and a display
of Herbarium specimens is $40. No transportation is included. (Choose
between the 5:00 or 6:30 pm times and arrive at the ANS with letter
of confirmation at that time.) The closing banquet and speaker Dayton
Duncan on Wednesday night at the Loews Hotel will include the winner
of the contest for a chamber orchestra composition on Lewis in Philadelphia,
For details on how to register and more activities taking place
at public venues during the city, visit www.lewisandclarkphila.org
or write for a registration packet to the Philadelphia Chapter,
LCTHF, PO Box 39534, Philadelphia, Pa. 19136, or call Norma Milner
at 856-829-3142 and leave name and address, speaking clearly.
Reservations to stay at the headquarters hotel, the Loews Philadelphia,
should be made separately. For a special room rate mention Lewis
and Clark. Loews: 215-627-1200.