On November 6, 2013, Professor Stephen E. Medvec, Ph.D, presented a lecture titled “Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1803-1806” to the Northeast Philadelphia History Network at the Pennepack Baptist Church. The event commemorated the 210th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleonic France in 1803. The Lewis and Clark expedition lasted for 2.5 years and traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean in Oregon and returned to St. Louis. It was a journey of extraordinary courage that was just shy of 8,000 miles. Dr. Medvec highlighted the crucial role that Philadelphia and Pennsylvania played in the planning of the expedition, including the training of Captain Meriwether Lewis in botany, celestial readings for latitude, zoology and climatology at the American Philosophical Society at 5th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.
Stephen E. Medvec, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Science at Holy Family University. He is a native of Great Falls, Montana, and a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula. Much of his research for this presentation was done at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.