The Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail
Heritage Foundation is dedicated to stimulating public interest
in and advancing knowledge of the Expedition as it relates
to the Philadelphia area. Members meet quarterly to share
specialized interests and to learn about the historical, scientific,
social, and cultural significance of the Expedition. The Chapter
also conducts field trips to local points of interest related
to the Expedition.
The chapter is part of the national organization - the
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. - which
convenes each summer, usually at a location along the Trail,
to conduct business, hear guest speakers, and visit interesting
Philadelphia hosted the Annual
Meeting in August 2003, 200 years after Meriwether Lewis
came to the city to study with the mentors Thomas Jefferson
recommended and to gather supplies for the Expedition.
Information about upcoming meetings
and activities, highlights of previous events, minutes of
past meetings, and news of interest for Chapter members
An invitation for new members
and information about joining the Philadelphia Chapter
Essays on the city of Philadelphia's
role in the Expedition and full-length articles about Lewis's
Resources for teaching about
the Voyage of Discovery to students of all ages
More about Lewis
Resources for information about the entire Lewis and
The Lewis and Clark Trail
Heritage Foundation 2003 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
Philadelphia in 2003: the time,
place, plans, schedules, photos, memories, and highlights
of the Annual Meeting
Philadelphia Chapter: Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
P. O. Box 273
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Chapter Meeting Saturday, October 19, 2013
Surveying & Cartography
of the Lewis & Clark Expedition:
A presentation by
Richard Prestholdt & Lorna Hainesworth
Board Meeting at 10:00 am
Lunch at Noon
Presentation at 1:00 pm
Holiday Inn (now a Wyndham)
at 4th and Arch Streets
Please see our meeting announcement for more details, including lunch choices and maps.
If you plan to attend, call Tom Brady by October 16th at 215-342-7614. Please let us know if you will be joining us for lunch.
(The meeting is free, with the exception of the cost of lunch.)
Updated August, 2013.
(June 15, 2013)
Chapter Meeting: America's Premier Surveyor:
The Life and Times of Andrew Ellicott)
(March 30, 2013)
Chapter Meeting: "Albert Gallatin"
Albert Gallatin (in the person of acclaimed actor Ron Duquette) as he reminisces on his extraordinary life.
(November 17, 2012)
Chapter Meeting: "God and Angels on the Lewis & Clark Trail"
Gordon Ward, author of Life on the Shoulder, will discuss how his travels along the Lewis and Clark Trail altered his life and made his faith a permanent reality to him.
(September 22, 2012)
Chapter Meeting: "What Lewis & Clark Saw: The Natural History of Philadelphia in the 1800's."
An illustrated presentation by Dr. David Hewitt, Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University
(June 23, 2012)
Chapter Meeting: "The Survey of Washington, D. C.", presentation by Chas Langelan, a retired land surveyor who, besides having held office in several surveying related professional organizations, is the first private surveyor ever registered by the District of Columbia.
(October 12, 2011)
Chapter Meeting: "The Root of the Matter: Searching for William Hamilton’s Greenhouse at The Woodlands Estate", presentation by Sarah Chesney, MA PhD Candidate, Historical Archaeology Program, College of William and Mary
(June 18, 2011)
Chapter Meeting: "Meriwether Lewis at Cumberland Gap, presentation by Lorna Hainesworth with Richard Prestholdt, Walt Jones and Tom Brady
(March 30, 2011)
Chapter Meeting: "The first reliable account": The Scientific Influence of Lewis and Clark's Geological Discoveries in the American West, presentation by John Jengo
(December 7, 2010)
National Park Hearing in Philadelphia on Whether to Extend the Lewis and Clark Trail!
(November 5, 6 & 7, 2010 )
Regional Meeting - Lewis at Cumberland Gap, 1806
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park & Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Kentuck
(October 6, 2010)
Chapter Meeting - Two speakers and tour of APS Library’s Treasures and Map Collection:
"Lewis and Clark Astronomical Data—Then and Now" by Charles Reed and Tom Davis
(June 19, 2010)
Chapter Meeting - Two speakers and a tour of Pennsbury Manor:
"We are Still Here" by Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth of the Lenape Indians
"The Frame of Government" by Douglas Miller, Historic Site Administrator for Pennsbury
(March 20, 2010)
Chapter Meeting - Archeologist Douglas Mooney presented:
"In the Shadow of Independence Hall: Archeology Discoveries from the National Constitution Center"
(November 8, 2009)
Chapter Meeting - Robert Miller spoke on Doctrine of Discovery
(July 10, 2009)
A Walking Tour - “In the Footsteps” focusing on Frank Muhly's maps and text about the sites, with Bryant Boswell who portrayed Lewis during most of the bicentennial. contact: Richard Prestholdt at 908-625-0877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(July 11, 2009)
Chapter Meeting to Focus “Defending the Nation 1784-1811” A lecture by Glenn F. Williams and a Tour of Fort Mifflin
(March 18, 2009)
Chapter Meeting to Focus on Newly Discovered Letter from Meriwether Lewis
American Philosophical Society Library 105 South Fifth Street , Philadelphia, PA
(June 21, 2008)
Chapter Meeting at Bartram’s Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143
(September 26 – 28, 2008)
Philadelphia Chapter hosts the Regional Meeting in Lancaster, PA
Meeting Description Meeting Schedule Meeting Registration Form
(March 21, 2005) The
minutes of the March 19 Chapter Meeting, with an introduction
to speaker Tom Gralish are now online.
(JANUARY 17, 2005)The
minutes and photos of the Saturday, January 15, 2005, Chapter
meeting are now online. The Chapter thanks Dick Prestholdt
for his fine presentation. His 2005
calendar/minijournal of the expedition can still be ordered.
(JANUARY 4, 2005) The dedication
of the Benjamin Smith Barton historical marker was held
on Sunday, December 19. The Chapter thanks Norma Milner and
the Philadelphia Botany Club for providing refreshments afterward
at the National Constitution Center.
(JANUARY 6, 2004) The Chapter's newest member, Lorna Hainesworth,
shares some of her impressions
of the National Exhibition.
(NOVEMBER 1, 2004) Lewis
and Clark in the news today has completed 208 days of daily
coverage. Just as the Corps of Discovery settled in North Dakota
for the winter, daily news will take a winter break. Watch for
(OCTOBER 24, 2004) Now available: Jeffersons Botanists-
Lewis and Clark Discover the Plants of the West by
Richard McCourt and Earle Spamer of the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Click here for
information on ordering the book.
(OCTOBER 24, 2004) Chapter Meeting-- Saturday, October 16,
of the Business Meeting, Program, and Photos-- and a Compliment
(AUGUST 10, 2004) An overview
and photos of the Annual Meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota,
(JULY 30, 2004)The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum
Commission marker honoring Meriwether Lewis's mentor
Robert Patterson was dedicated in Philadelphia on Thursday,
(JUNE 13, 2004) The dedication/unveiling of the Schuylkill
Arsenal historical marker took place at 1 PM on June 10 at Grays
Ferry Road and Washington Avenue. Jim Helman, a very active
participant in nearby communities and editor of Citizens
Voice Newsletter (circ. 2500),was host-on-site for the
event while Tom Davis represented the chapter. Thanks to Tom
Davis for the photo of the sign.
(MAY 28, 2004) Lewis and Clark in the news! You will find
links to news
articles related to all aspects of the expedition and the bicentennial.
The page will be updated daily.
(MARCH 21, 2004) Read the minutes
of the March 20, 2004, Chapter Meeting. Geologist (and
Chapter member) John Jengo gave a talk on "Mineral Productions
of Every Kind: the Geological Education of Meriwether Lewis
and Observations of Western Geology in the Journals of Lewis
and Clark," accompanied by his slides.
(MARCH 21, 2004) Membership news: More than 75
people have joined or renewed their memberships for 2004.
For a complete list of current members, click here. New members
are always welcome!
(FEBRUARY 7, 2004) Are you involved in planning programs
for schools or libraries? Duet productions is presenting Lewis
and Clark Discovering America, a play by Steve Seyfried
in which two actors portray a variety of characters as they
chart the Expedition's journey across the continent. Costumes,
props, humor and music engage audiences from first through eighth
grades. For more information visit www.duetpros.com,
or write to PO Box 153, Oreland, PA, 19075.
(JANUARY 26, 2004) Website sections Especially
for Educators, More about Lewis
and Clark, and Chapter
Membership have been updated. You are invited to check out
the reading lists and send additional titles or comments.
Chapter News and News of General Interest,
formerly on one page, now each have a page of their own. Click
Chapter News or
News of General
Interest to see the changes as the website begins its
(JANUARY 19, 2004) The program presented at the Saturday,
January 17, Chapter meeting is described here.
For Chapter meeting minutes, click
(JANUARY 10, 2004) Chapter members Earle
Spamer and Rick McCourt published an article in the Plant
Science Bulletin on the Lewis and Clark collection: "The
Botanical Legacy of Lewis and Clark: The most famous collection
you never heard of." Rick McCourt says, "Although
the bulletin is read by botanists mainly, the article would
be interesting to the general public (it's a long cold winter
here to read this article
The exhibit "Only
One Man Died: Medical Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail"
continues at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and
is also an important resource for eductors. .
(OCTOBER, 2003) Lewis
and Clark Distance-Learning Project featured Philadelphia
Connections during the webcast videoconference on September
11. The archived program, featuring Frank Muhly, can now be
The webcast team broadcasts every week from a site along the
route. View the schedule here.
More information can be found on the St.
Charles Discovery Expedition website.
(AUGUST 31, 2003) Memories
of the Annual Meeting (with photos)
For more on the Annual Meeting, click on
The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage
Foundation 2003 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.