A Selective Bicentennial Reading List as of May, 2003
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 1803-1806
A Selective Bicentennial Reading List as of December, 2002
Suggestions by Members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis
and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.*
The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited and interpreted by
Gunderson, Mary. 2003. The Food Journal of Lewis and Clark:
Recipes for an Expedition. History Cooks, PO Box 709,Yankton,
South Dakota. Presented in chronological style with quotes from
the Journals, and well researched references to history of the trek.
Bears the emblem of the Bicentennial Council of the Lewis and Clark
Bicentennial. Interweaves history of the expedition with recipes
taken from the journals or from cookbooks of the19th century, foods
from along the trail, and some Native American foods. Specialties
from the journey such as Charbonneaus Boudin Blanc, a Corps
favorite, and Portable Soup, purchased by Lewis in Philadelphia,
are included. Illustrated.
U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River division.
Video. 2002. Lewis and Clark The Eastern Legacy: Down the
Ohio to the Western Wilderness. Narrated by Nick Clooney. Educational
Use Copies may be available from S. Paige Lawrence Cruz, US Army
Corps of Engineers, 502 Eighth Street, Huntington, WV 25701-2070
Schanzer, Rosalyn. How We Crossed the West: the Adventures of
Lewis & Clark. 6-12 years. First published in paperback
by Scholastic in 9/98 Now republished.
Moulton, Gary (editor) 1983-2001. The Journals of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.
This is the definitive, modern, scholarly edition of the journals.
Moulton, Gary (editor) 2000. Herbarium Journal of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.357
pp. The 12th volume of the Journals (above) tells the story of the
dispersion of many of the specimens collected by Lewis and Clark,
and how they got back together again to be archived at the Academy
of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Prestholdt, Richard: 2002. The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803-1806.
A Bicentennial Calendar-2003. First of four in a set, one each
year. Not really a calendar, but a collectible mini-journal with
vital timeline summaries printed throughout. Join the expedition
any time. Good classroom teaching device. Philadelphia and regional
sites covered in this issue. Richly photographed. Prestholdt Images,
PO Box 6291, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 www.prestholdtimages.com.
Allen, Paul (editor of the Nicholas Biddle narrative). 1814 .
The History of the Expedition Under the Commands of Captains Lewis
and Clark. (with a Memoir of Meriwether Lewis by
Thomas Jefferson) Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, out of print.
Coues, Elliott (editor) 1893. The History of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition. Reprint by Dover publications, New York. 4 volumes,
Thwaites, Rueben Gold (editor) 1904-1905. Original Journals
of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806. 8 volumes, including
one of maps. 1969 reprint, Arno press, NY
Books About the Expedition
Allen, John Logan. 1975. Passage Through the Garden: Lewis and
Clark and the Image of the American Northwest. University of
Illinois Press, Urbana. 412 pp.
Ambrose, Stephen and Sam Abell. 1998. Lewis and Clark: Voyage
of Discovery. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
Chuinard, Eldon G. 1979. Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects
of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Ye Galleon Press, Box 287,
Fairfield, WA 99102
Cutright, Paul Russell. 1982. Reprinted 2001. Edited by Philadelphia
Chapter of LCTHF. Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and
Clark History. Supplemented with maps designed by Frank Muhly,
Chapter Founder. 50 pp. Available at The Philadelphia Print Shop,
Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill, Barnes and Nobles and Borders bookstores,
or follow instructions on www.lewisandclarkphila.org.
Cutright, Paul Russell. 1976. A History of the Lewis and Clark
Journals. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. 311 pp.
Cutright, Paul Russell. 1969. Pioneering Naturalists. University
of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. 506 pp.
Duncan, Dayton, & Ken Burns. 1997. Lewis and Clark: The
Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.250
Fazio, James R. Across the Snowy Ranges: The Lewis and Clark
Expedition in Idaho and Western Montana. Photographers, Michael
Venso and Stephen Russell. Available only from the publisher Woodland
Press at 2080882-4767.
Hawke, David Freeman. 1980. Those Tremendous Mountains: The
Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Norton, New York. 273
Jackson, Donald (editor). 1978. Letters of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition with Related Documents 1783-1854. Second edition.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana. 2 vols. 806 pp.
Jackson, Donald . 1988. Among the Sleeping Giants: Occasional
Pieces on Lewis and Clark University of Illinois Press, Urbana.
Jones, Landon. (editor) 2000. The Essential Lewis and Clark.
Ecco/HarperCollins 203 pp. A trimmed down journal with 270 essentials
chosen by the author, who has been the editor of People and Money
magazines. Small and concise. A good commuter read.
Ronda, James P. 2001. Jeffersons West: A Journey with
Lewis and Clark. Thomas Jefferson Foundation. 80 pp. Examining
the mind of Jefferson as he dreamed of exploring the West while
facing the power struggle of a new nation with world powers of Europe.
Salisbury, Albert and Jane. Lewis and Clark The Journey
West. A reprint of the 1950 book Two Captains West which
first drew Philadelphia Chapter Founder Frank Muhly and his wife
Rose into a lifelong fascination with the explorers and the journey.
Schmidt, Jeremy and Thomas. 1999. The Saga of Lewis and Clark:
Into the Unknown West. Photography by Wayne Mumford. DK Publishing,
New York. 210 pps. In our opinion, exceptionally well done. Has
quotes from Journals, panoramic photos, maps, illustrations. An
entertaining text by two brothers who stress the naturalistic as
well as the adventurous side of the journey, and tie it in with
todays lingo and experience. Excellent for youth or adults.
Has plant list, biographical list of members of the Corps and other
Snyder, Gerald S. In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark.
Peck, David J. 2002. Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine
in the Lewis & Clark Expedition. FarCountry Press, Helena,
MT. A new treatise on the subject.
Paton, Bruce C. 2002. Lewis & Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness.
Fulcrum Publishing. 228 pp.
provides an interesting
and understandable background for the reader on the theories and
applications of early 19th century medicine, including the
common use of the depletive therapies of bleeding and purging.
Ron Loge, MD, from We Proceeded On, the Foundation Magazine.
Botkin, Daniel B. 2000. Passage of Discovery. Perigee/Penguin
Putnam. 247 pp. He contrasts what Lewis and Clark saw and changes
we see today made by man or by nature. A thoughtful treatise on
riverine ecology, earth history, fisheries, and wildlife management
by this professor of biology at George Mason University.
Ambrose, Stephen E. 1996. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis,
Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Simon
and Schuster, New York, 511 pp.
Cohen, G. Bernard. Science and the Founding Fathers
Dillon, Richard. 1965. Meriwether Lewis: A Biography. Coward
McCann. New York
Thom, James Alexander. 2000. Sign-Talker: The Adventure of George
Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Ballantine Books.466
pp. Chosen by some historians as the Expeditions most critical
member half-breed Drewyer as the explorers spelled
him, lent characteristics of his mixed Shawnee and French-Canadian
culture in dealing with the tribes encountered and with members
of the Corps in this novel..
Hamilton, Mark. 2001. video, a personal journey. Discovering
Home: A Sojourn on the Lewis & Clark Trail by Paddle and
Mule. Robert McConnell Productions. Available at 800-532-4017
Jenkinson, Clay S. 2001. video. The Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Available from Empire for Liberty, 888-828-2853, (www.empirecatalog.com)
Leading impersonator of Meriwether Lewis today, Jenkinson makes
an engaging introduction to the character of Lewis before a Washington
state audience a month after the attack on the World Trade Center.
Draws parallels between the clash of cultures today and Lewiss
efforts at attracting Indian tribes to their Great White Father
Books on Indian Tribes, Sacagawea, and her infant son
Ronda, James P. 1984. Lewis and Clark Among the Indians.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 310 pp. A classic.
Tinling, Marion. 2002. Sacagaweas son: The Life of Jean
Baptiste Charbonneau. Mountain Press/young adult. Called Pomp
or Pompey by William Clark who took him as a ward for a short time.
The author carries him into an adult world of many cultures., traveling
in Europe, returning to the West as a Mountain Man, scouting in
the Mexican War, taking up Indian causes, and dying on a Montana
McMurtry, Larry. 2002. Sacagaweas Nickname: Essays on
the American West. Hardback. New York Review Books. 12 essays.
Not much about Sacagawea. Maintains his characteristic romantic
view touched with irony and his commentary on writers about the
Schultz, James Willard. 2002. paperback. Bird woman: Sacagaweas
Own Story. A modern edition of Schultzs early 20th century
novel. Story was taken from an old Mandan woman who claimed to have
known Bird Woman. No modern scholarship. There isnt much known
factually and there are two versions of her life and death. More
books may be coming especially for children.
Landeen, Dan and Pinkham, Allen. 2000. Salmon and His People:
Fish and fishing in Nez Perce Culture. Confluence Press, Lewis-Clark
State College, Lewiston, Idaho. 249 pp. A mixture of tribal history,
humor and folklore from the Nez Perce people who were to provide
the explorers with horses and fish, two essentials for their survival
York, William Clarks Slave
Betts, Robert B. 2001 revised edition. In Search of York: the
Slave Who Went to the Pacific with Lewis and Clark. University
Press of Colorado. Can be ordered from Barnes and Noble.
Holmberg, James J. 2001. Dear Brother: Letters from William
Clark to His Brother Jonathan. Yale University Press, Filson
Historical Society. 322 pp. Newly discovered, 55 letters recount
family information on Clarks life after the expedition. A
rare look at how he deals with his slave York who had completed
the journey to the Pacific and back as a member of the Corps of
Discovery and also other slaves in this Kentucky family. Clarks
inner feelings as head of Indian Affairs and the Indian view of
him are revealed. Contains letter written to Jonathan after Lewiss
Lewiss Dog Seaman
Smith, Roland. 1999. The Captains Dog. Harcourt Brace.
Karwoski, Gail. 1999. Seaman, the Dog Who Helped Lewis &
Clark Explore the West. Peachtree press. Although Seaman is
named only a few times in the Journals, he captures the imagination
of dog lovers. This is a historical novel, therefore, drawing on
a few facts, and told from the dogs point of view, sensory
and tactile. Lewis named Seamans Creek for him on July 5,
Albers, Everett C. 2002. The Saga of Seaman-the Story of the
Dog Who Went with Lewis & Clark. paperback. Northern Lights
Press, Bismarck. Told in poetry, first person, followed by interesting
history of the discovery of Lewiss Newfoundland Dog Seamans
real name. Due to bad handwriting and the whim of early interpreters
of the Journals, he was known as Scannon until 1985!
Blumberg, Rhoda. 1995 paperback The Incredible Journey of Lewis
& Clark. Winner of the Golden Kite Award. Beech Tree Edition.
William Morrow & Company, New York A delightful book for early
teens up with mention of preparations made by Lewis in Philadelphia.
New Books that Set the Stage for Lewiss Visit
Mires, Charlene. 2002. Independence Hall in American Memory.
University of Pennsylvania Press. Lewiss visit to Philadelphia
was at the time, a secret, as his mission was not widely known.
This book pictures in entertaining words a building that was integral
to his visit.
Nash, Gary. 2002. First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of
Historical Memory. University of Pennsylvania Press. Nash is
professor of history at U. of C., Los Angeles. A thorough view of
how cultural memory affects our Citys history, Blacks, Revolutionary,
etc. His book mentions the publication of the Thwaites (above) edition
of the L&C Journals by the American Philosophical Society in
*Prepared by Norma Martin Milner of Palmyra, N.J. (856-829-3142)
with input from Philadelphia Chapter Founder Frank Muhly of Mayfair,
Philadelphia; 2003 Annual Meeting co-chair Nancy M. Davis of Philadelphia;
Jim Merritt of Pennington, N.J., editor of the Lewis and Clark Trail
Heritage Foundation magazine, We Proceeded On; Anne
Mackintosh of Cherry Hill, N.J., webmaster; and Charles Reed of
Radnor, Temple professor emeritus of psychology. Copies of this
list available on the web site, www.lewisandclarkphila.org. Words:
The Philadelphia Chapter serves members in Pennsylvania, Delaware,
New Jersey, and New York. (Interested parties may join any of the
40 national Chapters that interest them.)
An annual meeting is held once a year in August, the month of the
explorers birthdays, usually at a City along the Historic
Lewis and Clark Trail or at a site with a related historic interest.
Philadelphia will host the annual meeting in the Bicentennial year
at the Loews Hotel, 12th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
from August 9-13, 2003.
For details, visit the web site.