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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
Education Committee Meeting
Dept. of Commerce, Helena, Montana
May 17, 2000
9:00 A.M.

Lewis & Clark 101 sub-group

  • then went into joint session with "Symposium" sub-group to report-out on results of both meetings.. worked over a pizza lunch
  • Symposium group met at Carroll College from 9 to noon (Symposium Meeting Notes)

Attending 101 group meeting:
Richard Hopkins, Karen Johnson, Gail Brockbank, Hal Stearns, Clint, Jeri Mae Rowley, Mike Cavey

Discussion points:

  • To gain a better perspective of what the proposed video format would look like, Karen Johnson showed a "Milk River" video she had produced within the past year. The comments were very positive, and the sub-group expressed an interest to follow that format for the new L&C 101 video.
  • Jeri Mae reported on the status of three grant applications. We should know the results of the Carl Perkins grant request for $50,000 by June 1st; the USFS grant for $20,000 by June 7-9th; and the US WEST Lewis & Clark Commission grant for $25,000 on June 15th.
  • Some discussed centered on locating usable footage. Some suggestions included the Ken Burns' documentary (from Travel Montana); Fish, Wildlife & Parks; National Geographic; Bureau of Land Management; and KOA.
  • It was discussed that an overall video script needed to be developed for the narrator, which would then tie the program together. Discussion centered on what was the message(s) that we want the video to convey, "history," or "where to go and what to do along the trail?" It was decided that the video could be a combination, with the primary focus on the history/importance of the L&C Trail in Montana. Basic information about what generally could be seen and experienced along the route in the state could be included, without the video becoming "dated," or be considered a solely a marketing tool.
  • Karen suggested one approach to generating a "program script" would be to first identify the 10 or 12 key sites along the trail, and then draft a short 1-2 paragraph description of those key sites. The result would in essence be the "story" that should be told.

The following key sites were identified:

  • Missouri/Marias confluence
  • Great Falls
  • Gates of the Mountains
  • Headwaters area
  • Dillon area (Beaverhead Rock, Camp Fortunate, Lemhi Pass area)
  • Ross' Hole area in the Bitterroot Valley
  • Travelers' Rest
  • Upper Marias (includes the Road to the Buffalo and Blackfeet Country)
  • Yellowstone River (Livingston to Sidney)
  • Confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri

The following key topic area(s) were also identified

  • Natural History
  • Plants, animals, geology
  • Indian perspectives (would be included as appropriate in all of the sites that were identified)
  • Grizzly encounter by Expedition in 1805 around Glasgow area

Possible "next steps" were proposed:

  1. Hal Stearns "volunteered" to prepare an audio tape of approximately 15 minutes in length to summarize some key points of interest for the key sites and topic areas that the group had identified. The audiotape would then be transcribed and sent to the L&C 101 sub-group for review and comment.
  2. It would be helpful if sources for video footage were investigated for availability and appropriateness.
  3. Some thought should be given re: names of possible people to be interviewed.
  • Richard Hopkins mentioned that the BLM had a new, big map of the L&C Trail, which might make for a good background map for the video.
  • It was proposed that the video be completed and ready for show by the 2001 Governor's Tourism & Recreation Conference (March 26 & 27th of March). This would obviously be contingent on having the necessary funding in place in the very near future.
  • Some additional comments re: the new video included:
  • It was agreed that the new L&C 101 video "package" include some pertinent printed support material. This could include information on local area points of interest and contacts for further information. It was also agreed that whenever possible it might be advantageous if local L&C experts be invited to speak at the same time the video is shown.
  • The video should, as much as possible, tell the L&C story in a way that provides as much "real life" detail as possible, not just from a historical perspective. What does an area look like today? What is there (generally) to see and do?
  • For future use, it may be good to think beyond the proposed 15-minute video for the purposes of showing as TV program (23-26 minutes). It was agreed that an expansion of the immediate video could address such opportunities as longer formats, etc.
  • One of the positive results of completing this project could be the creation of a L&C video library for the state Commission, which could be accessible by various L&C groups in Montana.

    Note: no next meeting date was set for either the 101 or Symposium group. However, the 101 group would most likely need to meet again in late June to finalize production plans if requested grant funding is secured.



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