Lewis and Clark, Expanding America – October 12, 2021

When President Jefferson dispatched Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to go exploring, and report back on what he had bought, it turned out to be one of the great non-military adventures of American history.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 pm
Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA, 19124
Free
Virtual
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More info: The Historical Society of Frankford will return to holding in-person events, especially during Archives Month, as soon as health conditions permit. In the meantime, we will continue to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30, March-June and September-December.

The October program of the Historical Society of Frankford will be live-streamed on Facebook at 7:30 on October 12, 2021. Political Science Professor Stephen E. Medvec, Ph.D., of Holy Family University, will discuss the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

After President Jefferson purchased the French claim to a substantial portion of North America, he commissioned fellow Virginians Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to go exploring, and report back on the native tribes, wildlife, and terrain. This turned out to be, not just a singular adventure, but also a Tale of Two Cities, because while the expedition was to set out from Charlottesville, only Philadelphia had outfitters with sufficient supplies and equipment. Furthermore, as Mr. Jefferson was President of the American Philosophical Society at the same time that he was President, the Journals of the Expedition ended up in the Special Collections Library of APS in Philadelphia, where Prof. Medvec studied them in order to produce this talk.