Statewide Bicentennial Master Plan Unveiled
The Hingston Roach Group unveiled Montana's new Bicentennial Master Plan during the October Statewide Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Conference. Seven months in the making, this planning document provides a "roadmap" to guide Montana in its planning and preparation for the fast-approaching Bicentennial. The plan is based on a five-point framework housing these elements: Education & Communication; Community Development; Business Development; Resource Management; and Historic Preservation. The Master Plan and its Executive Summary are available on the Commission's website "What's New" page www.montanalewisandclark.org. It is also available on CD, and in print. For more information contact the state Commission office.
Upcoming Meetings, Workshops, Conferences
National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Meeting:
- April 23, 2001, Omaha, NE
Circle of State Advisors Meeting:
- April 22, 2001, Omaha, NE
6th Annual Nat'l. Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Planning Workshop:
- April 24-25, 2001, Omaha, NE
Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission meetings:
- February 13, 2001, Helena
- June 12, 2001, Location TBA
- October 10-11, 2001, Billings
3rd Annual Montana Lewis & Clark Conference:
- October 11-12, 2001, Billings
Two New Members Join Commission; Lepley Re-Appointed
Governor Marc Racicot has appointed Kathy Doeden of Miles City and Darrell Martin from Hays to three-year terms on the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. Doeden, active with the Custer County Historic Preservation Office and local arts groups, brings strong historic preservation experience to the Commission. Martin is the Tourism Director for the Fort Belknap Tribes and currently serves as the Interim President of the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance (MTTA). The Governor also reappointed Fort Benton's Jack Lepley to a three-year term on the Commission. Lepley is an original member of the Commission.
Second Annual Bicentennial Conference a Success
One hundred seventy-five people attended the 2nd Annual Statewide Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Conference in Great Falls, October 5-6. Conference highlights included national and statewide planning updates, a preview of Montana's new Bicentennial Master Plan, breakout sessions featuring timely topics, a reception and tour of the National Lewis & Clark Trail Interpretive Center, and a special luncheon presentation by Dr. Stephen Ambrose. Plans are underway for the 2001 conference to be held at the Billings Hotel, October 11-12. Mark your calendars and plan ahead. A limited number of Resource Directories given out at the October 2000 conference are available by contacting the state Commission office.
Signature Event Proposals Submitted to National Council
In September, the state Bicentennial Commission gave strong support for 3 Montana Signature Event Proposals submitted to the National Council for special recognition and promotion. If approved by the Council, some or all three Montana events will join a very select number of others along the trail in being recognized as having national prominence during the four-year Bicentennial Observance. The Montana proposals are:
- Discovering the Big Sky - June 2 to July 4, 2005, submitted by the Upper Missouri Bicentennial Commission, Cascade and Chouteau Counties;
- The Lewis & Clark Festival at the Headwaters - July 15 to August 8, 2005, submitted by the Gallatin Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Association and other partners in the Bozeman and Three Forks area;
- Clark on the Yellowstone - July 15 to August 3, 2006, submitted by the Yellowstone County Bicentennial Commission, Billings.
Each of Montana's Signature Event proposals passed the first round of review and scoring at the national level. The National Council's final selection announcement is anticipated at their Sixth Annual National Planning Workshop scheduled for April 24-25, 2001, in Omaha, Nebraska. Groups interested in submitting a Signature Event proposal in the future should contact the state Commission office.