September 12, 2021
The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM MDT – 8:00 PM MDT. The schedule of events allows for various breaks and even opportunities to chat with folks in the group and with LCTHF Staff.
Our 2021 Moulton Lecture will be given by Dr. John Logan Allen. Dr. Allen’s talk, “So Fine a Country” – Images of Louisiana Territory before Lewis and Clark, is the story of the exploration of Louisiana Territory, a rich narrative that actually began nearly a century earlier in the apocryphal travels of the Baron de Lahontan and Moncacht-Apé, the futile search of Robert Rogers and Jonathan Carver for the Northwest Passage, the journeys to the upper Missouri by the Verendryes, the aborted travels of John Ledyard, the hopeful search of John Evans for the Welsh Indians, and more. There is a wealth of material available for study. The maps by great cartographers like Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726) brought to light the earliest European encounters with the farther West in the 17th century. The 18th century narrative can be found in documents generated by the French Jesuit Pierre de Charlevoix (1682-1761) and the untranslated manuscripts transcribed by 19th century French historian Pierre Margry (1818-1894). Relying on the historical documentary and cartographic record, “So Fine a Country” unravels the skein of the narrative history of Louisiana Territory before Lewis and Clark.
Dr. Allen, teacher, lecturer, and author, is a native of Laramie, WY. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate in historical and environmental geography from Clark University. Dr. Allen’s academic career began in 1967 at the University of Connecticut. As Founding Head of the Department of Geography he oversaw that department’s expansion from a faculty of four granting a bachelor’s degree to a faculty of over a dozen awarding both undergraduate and graduate degrees. He returned to the University of Wyoming as Professor and Chair of Geography in 2000 and retired from active university service in 2007.
Author of numerous books and articles, including Lewis and Clark and the Image of the American Northwest and Jedediah Smith and the Fur Traders of the American West, he was editor and a contributor to North American Exploration (1997) funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Having also received significant grants from the National Science Foundation, Dr Allen is among the very few scholars to receive research awards from both the NEH and the NSF. His current investigations focus on the changing landscape of the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Jeffersonian Rocky Mountain fur trade explorations. During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, he traveled more than 100,000 miles and delivered nearly 100 public presentations.
Dr. Allen has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards from the University of Connecticut, a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Wyoming award, and an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Western History Association. A Fellow of the American Geographical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, London, and the Society for the History of Discoveries, he is listed in Who’s Who in the United States and Who’s Who in the World.
He and his wife Anne reside in Laramie and spend part of each summer at their home on the North Fork of the Shoshone River where Dr. Allen indulges his passion for fly-fishing. He has recently begun a “second career” as a professional photographer and is represented by several galleries in Wyoming.
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Down the Ohio 1803: The Journey Begins is the theme of the LCTHF’s 54th Annual Meeting from August 7 to 10, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA, now the start of the newly expanded Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, which traverses 4,900 miles from Pittsburgh to Astoria, OR. In partnering with the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation, the LCTHF’s meeting will focus on Lewis’ preparations in Pittsburgh through talks, activities, and a cruise down the Ohio to see the river and its shoreline as Lewis may have seen them. The meeting headquarters will be the Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown.
Located atop Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington overlooking the Ohio River is the historic marker, dedicated in August 2019, commemorating the inception of Lewis’ trip “Down the Ohio in 1803.” Upriver from the sign is the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, which come together to form the Ohio River. Downriver is Brunot(s) Island, the first stop for Lewis and his crew on their westward journey.
Brunots Island is the site of the nearly tragic incident with the air gun in which a woman was shot but quickly recovered. Lewis mentioned in his journal that Blais(z)e Cenas was the person on the island who fired the air gun and inadvertently hit the woman. Cenas became a postmaster in New Orleans and is buried in that city’s cemetery. Thomas Rodney, traveling down the Ohio at the same time as Lewis, also described the air gun in his journal. Rodney later became a respected judge in the Mississippi Territory.
We are excited to announce that the 2023 meeting will be in Missoula, MT! Travelers’ Rest Connection will be hosting the meeting with LCTHF. They support Travelers’ Rest State Park through outreach, advocacy, and educational experiences connecting the past to the future. Dates and times yet to be determined.