2ND ANNUAL LEWIS & CLARK CONFERENCE TAKING SHAPE
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the second annual Montana Lewis & Clark Conference scheduled for Great Falls October 5-6, 2000. The conference opens at 1:00 p.m. Thursday and concludes mid-afternoon Friday. In addition to getting the latest updates on state, regional and national planning, a special evening is planned at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. The conference will be preceded by a 3-day workshop focused on community-based volunteering & innovative partnerships. The workshop is co-sponsored by the state Commission, USFS, BLM and Upper Mo. Bicentennial Commission and will be offered for a very modest fee. More conference information will be mailed in August
UPCOMING MEETINGS & CONFERENCES
Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission meetings;
- October 4-5, 2000, Great Falls Holiday Inn
- February 13, 2001, Helena
- June 12, 2001, Billings/ Pompey’s Pillar
32nd Annual Meeting of Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation;
- August 13-16, 2000, Dillon (waiting list to register)
2nd Annual Montana Lewis & Clark Conference;
- October 5-6, 2000, Great Falls
$200,000 AWARDED 17 MONTANA L&C PROJECTS
The Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission voted unanimously at its June 15 meeting to provide $200,000 in grants to 17 Montana non-profit groups sponsoring a Lewis & Clark-related project. The Commission received 41 grant applications totaling over $620,000. The new grant program is a partnership effort involving U S WEST ($50,000), the Montana Department of Transportation ($100,000), and Montana's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission ($50,000). With the required $1 local match for every $2 in grant funds, the Commission's new program is leveraging over $300,000 for key Lewis & Clark projects as part of the state's preparation of the upcoming Bicentennial. Funds are already being gathered for the 2001 round of grants. Travel Montana has committed $50,000 in tourism "bed tax" funds to the grant pool with the requirement that the Commission provides $50,000 and finds at least one other funding partner to provide $50,000.
The Year 2000 grant recipients include:
- Golden Triangle Area of Glacier, Pondera and Teton Counties ($6,250) - Design & construct interpretive sign at the Teton River Rest Area near Dutton.
- Beaverhead County ($8,500) - Design & construct interpretive signs at three sites in Beaverhead County.
- Lolo ($22,000) - The Montana Community Development Corporation and the Traveler's Rest Preservation Project to complete Lewis & Clark archeological research and assessment at the Traveler's Rest campsite area.
- Kalispell ($25,000) - The Flathead Valley Community College, through its Montana SUPERHOST contract with Travel Montana, will develop a new Lewis & Clark training curriculum featuring a short video highlighting the Montana experiences of the Expedition.
- Livingston ($20,000) - Park County will develop an interpretive sign and kiosk west of Livingston showcasing Clark's return down the Yellowstone.
- Stevensville ($5,870) - The Stevensville Civic Club/Project Pride will create a living legacy Native Plant Park.
- Pryor ($5,000) - Renovating a museum display that tells the story of the Expedition along the Yellowstone River.
- Lincoln ($28,000) - Develop a Lewis & Clark Pass interpretive site along the Blackfoot River corridor that includes the restoration of a historic cabin with exhibits, artifacts and interpretive signs.
- Great Falls ($5,000) - University of Great Falls will conduct research and develop specific curriculum for a week-long Lewis & Clark summer seminar.
- Great Falls ($12,000) - Make necessary park repairs in anticipation of developing portage route and Lewis' grizzly bear encounter interpretation for residents and visitors in Clara and Russell Parks.
- Great Falls ($4,700) - The Lewis & Clark Honor Guard will create 2 complete captain uniforms, a sergeant uniform and at least 7 private uniforms for display and historical recreations of the Expedition.
- Bozeman ($25,000) - Watercourse and Project WET Montana will develop a teacher's guide that lists, describes and comments on primary resources available to educators.
- Bozeman ($2,568) - The Gallatin County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum will prepare for display and storage of 300 volumes on Lewis & Clark donated by Don Nell.
- Whitehall ($10,500) - The community of Whitehall will create 12 or more murals depicting the Expedition's passage through the Jefferson Valley.
- Zortman ($7,690) - The Missouri Breaks Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission, in partnership with the BLM, will create an outdoor amphitheater to facilitate the telling of the L&C story to the public.
- Helena ($8,000) - The Montana Science Institute will develop four teaching trunks to more effectively educate students about the science of the Expedition.
- Three Rivers-Gallatin Valley Area ($14,000) - The Headwaters Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will develop interpretive signs of the Expedition's adventures in the Gallatin Valley at the new rest area in Bozeman at the I-90/North 19th Interchange.