The Dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Marker Honoring Benjamin Smith Barton
The marker was dedicated on Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 2:00
pm at 712 Arch Street, site of Barton's home.
The rain and snow held off on that Sunday afternoon
as Chapter members, staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences and
members of the Philadelphia Botanical Club gathered to dedicate
the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission marker commemorating
Benjamin Smith Barton. Tom Barton, a descendent of the brother of
Benjamin Smith Barton, brought his family to the dedication.
Rhonda Cohen, from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum
Commission, welcomed everyone in the name of the Commission, and
Frank Muhly spoke for the Chapter.
Physician, professor of natural history and botany
at the University of Pennsylvania, author of first American botany
textbook, Barton taught natural history to Meriwether Lewis in 1803
as one of the mentors chosen by Thomas Jefferson to help Lewis prepare
for Lewis and Clark Expedition. Barton lived at 712 Arch Street,
the location now marked by the sign.
Co-hosts from the Academy of Natural Sciences were
Dr. Richard M. McCourt, Associate Curator, Botany, and Dr. Alfred
E. Schuyler, Curator of Botany Emeritus, who spoke about Bartons
work and his importance.
Following the ceremony, refreshments were provided
courtesy of the Philadelphia Botanical Club in the Delegates Cafe
at the National Constitution Center.
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Rhonda R. Cohen
William A. Cornell
Rep. Lawrence Curry
Senator Jane M. Earll
Dr. Gordon A. Haaland
Robert A. Janosov
Secretary Vicki L. Phillips
Janet S. Klein, President
Rep. Stephen Maitland
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell
Senator Allyson Schwartz
Wayne S. Spilove, Chairman
Mary Clare Zales
Academy of Natural Sciences
Dr. D. James Baker
President and CEO
City of Philadelphia
John Street, Mayor
Anna C. Verna,
President City Council
1st District Councilman
Tom Barton, a descendent of the brother of Benjamin Smith Barton,
brought his family-- his wife Suzanne, and his sons Spencer and
Tom. With them are Dr. D. James Baker of ANS and his wife Emily.
Frank Muhly, on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Chapter,
and Rhonda R. Cohen of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Comission
Chapter member Rick McCourt of the Academy of Natural Sciences
greets Chapter member Tom Brady and Botanical Club president Robert
With Rick McCourt is Ted Gorden of ANS.
Ernie Schuyler keeps a straight face when he gets everyone laughing
with his witty remarks.
Attentive listeners (photos above and below)are prepared for the