Colonial Williamsburg® The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website

Page content
Reset text sizeResize text larger

October 2, 2012

Scholar Clay Jenkinson Discusses Rare 1802 Map from Lewis and Clark’s Expedition to the Pacific Ocean

Scholar Clay Jenkinson discusses a rare map and its impact, along with other influences, on the cross-country journey led by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark during the program, “Leading the Way – 1802 Aaron Arrowsmith Map and its Significance to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.” The program takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.

Cartographer Aaron Arrowsmith published a map of North America in 1802 that was thought to be the most accurate depiction of the continent’s western geography. A copy of this map accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

A copy of this map was recently acquired and now is on display in the exhibition, “More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America,” in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Admission is $5 in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum admission, Annual or Good Neighbor pass. For more information, please call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

Jenkinson, host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on National Public Radio, is a cultural commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs. In 1989, he received from President George Bush one of the first five Charles Frankel Prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal).

In 2008, he became the director of The Dakota Institute through The Lewis & Clark, Fort Mandan Foundation, to further expand his humanities programs with documentary films, symposiums and literary projects. He is also the chief consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center through Dickinson State University and conducts an annual lecture series for Bismarck State College.

This Distinguished Scholar Lecture is funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121