Teach PA History
Captain Lewis and his Medicine Bag

1. Have students read a month of Lewis's journal from Public Broadcasting Service (PBS Online) "The Journals," Lewis and Clark: Inside the Corps. and list any medical illnesses or procedures taking place. Have students write a one-to-two page journal entry of their own reflecting on different types of challenges the expedition faced during that month. Did the weather cause any problems? Where there any animal encounters that proved harmful (e.g. Snakes)? Traveling accidents? Incidents with fellow man? 2. In Source 2: Captain Lewis's Medicine Bag, students are asked on which item did Lewis spend the most money? (Peruvian Bark) But Peruvian Bark was not the most expensive per pound. Have students calculate what each item cost per pound. Then ask them to figure out which items were the most expensive per pound. 3. After students have thought about and listed different medical supplies they would take on a month-long hiking trip, ask them to prepare for homework a first-aid kit that they could use while hiking.

Field Trips

Mutters Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Only One Man Died: Medical Adventures on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Exhibit on display from February 2003 - February 2006. Includes examples of various medical supplies and instruments taken on the trip.
HOURS:10AM - 5PM, Monday through Sunday, every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Reservations are not required for groups smaller than 10 persons. Admission: $4.00 Student Groups with prior reservations (minimum 10 persons). Online tours of the Mutters Museum are also available.

19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-563-3737
Fax: 215-561-6477

Benjamin Rush Grave at Historic Christ Church Burial Ground
Burial grounds are now open to the public. Tour Groups must use Online Reservation Form. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Weather permitting. Cost: Visiting the Burial Ground is free (with a suggested donation of $2 adults and $1 students to help maintain the Burial Ground). 35-minute tours of the Burial Ground will be presented five times each day.

Arch Street between 4th and 5th Streets
Philadelphia, PA.

Pennsylvania Hospital
The oldest existing surgical amphitheater in the United States. Ben Franklin was a cofounder of this first hospital in America, founded in 1751. It was also the first hospital for the treatment of psychiatry in America. Its library exhibit contains historical collections on medical tools used around the early 1800s. Outside is an herb garden of plants used for medicinal purposes in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries. The hospital tour is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Call (215) 829-7352 to obtain a copy of a walking tour brochure.

8th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA

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