2001 Montana Lewis & Clark Conference Set For Billings, October 11-12
The 3rd annual Montana Lewis and Clark Conference will take place at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center October 11-12, 2001. The conference, co-sponsored by the Montana and Yellowstone County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commissions, will focus on national, regional and local planning and preparation efforts. Information about keynote speakers, break out sessions and other conference details will be coming your way soon.
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Upcoming Meetings, Workshops, Conferences
NCLCB Exec. Cmte. Meeting:
- Aug. 14, 2001, Minneapolis
- Sept. 9, 2001, Bismarck, ND
Natl. Indian Tourism Conf.:
- Sept. 10-12, 2001, Bismarck, ND
3rd Annual MT Lewis & Clark Conference:
- Oct. 11-12, 2001, Billings
- Oct. 26, 2001, St. Louis, MO
NCLCB Board of Dir. Meeting:
- Oct 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO
Natl. Council's Meetings & 7th Annual Planning Workshop:
- April 11-14, 2002, Lewiston, ID
Thirteen Montana L&C Projects Awarded $155,000 Through State Commission's Grant Program
The Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission awarded $155,000 in grant funds to 13 projects at its June 12 meeting. The funded projects were selected from fifty applications requesting over $757,000 in grant funds. Funding for the Commission's grant program was provided by the Montana Department of Transportation ($100,000), Travel Montana's Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program ($50,000), and the state Commission ($5,000).
The Year 2001 grant recipients and projects include:
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ($7,000) - Production of a 30-page book telling of their peoples' encounter with the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the words of 9 Salish elders.
- Blackfeet Tribe ($15,000) - To plan, develop and construct a multi-functional Tribal Lewis & Clark Bicentennial/Visitor Center.
- Montana Community Development Corporation & Travelers' Rest Preservation & Heritage Association ($20,000) - Provide services and interpretation at the new Travelers' Rest State Park outside of Lolo.
- Mustang Foundation, Inc. and Malta School District 14A ($10,995) - Implementation of cross-cultural Lewis & Clark-themed instructional units for grades K-12.
- Rochejhone Chapter, Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation ($6,500) - Fabricate and maintain a series of traveling, educational, hands-on exhibits interpreting Captain Clark's journey down the Yellowstone River, and provide docent training to high school students.
- Glacier County Historical Society ($20,000) - Complete a 3-part project creating an indoor L&C exhibit, an summer outdoor exhibit of craft and cooking demonstrations, and a quality school program.
- Golden Triangle Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission ($25,000) - Design, construction and installation of outdoor gazebos with windbreaks at the Lewis/Blackfeet Encounter site on the Two Medicine River, and at Camp Disappointment.
- Jefferson Valley Presents, Inc. ($6,000) - Construction of a dressing room and stage area for an amphitheatre to feature the play "Journey of Discovery."
- Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone County Museum Foundation Board ($3,500) - Production of educational/informative brochures and a weatherproof map.
- Valley County Museum ($8,355) - Purchase selected items from the Joshua Wetsit collection for a Lewis & Clark exhibit in the Valley County Pioneer Museum.
- Lower Yellowstone Lewis & Clark Regional Commission ($20,000) - Development of an interpretive sign and kiosk depicting Clark's route along the Yellowstone River and of Lewis' northern route.
- Blackfeet Community College ($10,000) - Prepare 5 Tribal College students for participation in 3 L&C symposiums through the development of resource guides, curriculum, and other educational tools.
- Lewis & Clark Interpretive Association ($2,650) - Develop a traveling exhibit based on the L&C Interpretive Center's 2000 exhibit, "Montanans Honor Lewis & Clark: Memorabilia from the Robert M. Weir, Jr. Collection."
The 13 project grants bring the Commission's total grant investment in Montana's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial planning and development efforts to just $200,000 for Fiscal Year 2001. Earlier this year, the Commission awarded $43,473 in organization and planning grants to fourteen Regional Bicentennial Commissions and four Tribal Governments. These $2,500 matching grants were to be used to help these organizations cover member travel expenses, postage and other miscellaneous expenses incurred as part of the regional and tribal planning efforts.