Sara Groves Hired to Lead Bicentennial Fundraising Program
The Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission and the Montana History Foundation (formerly known as the Montana Historical Society Foundation) have partnered to initiate a fundraising program to secure funding for key Lewis & Clark projects statewide. Sara Groves has been hired as the Bicenten-nial Fundraising Coordinator to lead this effort. She will be assisted by Charles Bentz Associates, the firm contracted to develop the fundraising campaign. The program goal is to develop and implement a proactive Montana fundraising efforts that will complement those underway at the national, regional and community levels. More fundraising program details will be provided in future newsletters and web site updates.
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MT L&C Bicentennial Commission:
- Febr. 12, 2002, Dillon, MT
- June 18, 2002, Glasgow, MT
- Oct. 2-3, 2002, Bozeman, MT
L&C Education Committee :
- Febr. 11, 2002, Dillon
Reg. Commissions & MTTA:
- Febr. 11, 2002, DillonD
Natl. Councilís Meeting & 7th Annual Planning Workshop:
- April 11-14, 2002, Lewiston, ID
New Commissioners Appointed
Jeanette 'Tootie' Rasmussen of Choteau and Germaine White of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes were appointed by Governor Judy Martz in October to the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. Tootie, as she prefers to be called, has been a very active member of her community and local museum board. Germaine is the Public Programs Manager for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. She works out of The People's Center in Pablo. Hal Stearns was re-appointed to the commission by the Governor. Hal splits his time between Missoula and virtually anywhere he may be guiding a tour along the Lewis & Clark Trail.
2002 Grant Programs Offer $158,000
Non-profit organizations developing Lewis & Clark-related projects can apply for $158,000 in funding made available by the Commission through its 2002 "Project Grant Program." The grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Also, "Organization & Planning Grants" will again be offered and funded up to $2,000 each for recognized Regional Bicentennial Commissions and Tribal governments.
Deadline for the Lewis & Clark grants is December 21, 2001. The grant awards will be announced at the state Commissionís February 12, 2002, meeting. Funding for the 2002 grant program is provided by the Montana Bicentennial Commission, Travel Montana/Tourism Advisory Council and the Bonneville Power Administration.
Information and applications are available from the "Funding" section of our website, or by contacting regional commissions, Trail Heritage Chapters or the state Commission office.
The National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Grant Program for 2002 has been funded at $5 Million. Specific program information and application forms for this program are also on the Commissionís web site on the "Funding" section, or by contacting the state Commission office.
Education Committee News
The Education Committee has been very busy these past few months on several projects:
- The newly created 22-minute video entitled "Lewis & Clark: Montana's Story" is available for purchase through the Montana SUPERHOST! Program. The $10 per tape fee covers the cost of production and distribution. To minimize the fulfillment logistics, the order form can be printed from the "Education/Visitor Services Training" section of the Commission's web page, www.montanalewisandclark.org. A printed supplement is being designed to provide viewers a reference list of sources for Montana Lewis & Clark information.
- The Watercourse and Project WET at Montana State University recently unveiled a Lewis & Clark Educator's Resource Guide. Financed in part from a Bicentennial Commission grant, this new directory offers teachers a guide to available Lewis & Clark education materials. Printed texts, videos and related Lewis & Clark web sites were reviewed and 'rated' by teachers in this comprehensive, user-friendly directory. Copies of the new directory are available for $10.00 each. The order form can be printed from the "Education/Lewis & Clark Curriculum" section of the Commission's web page.
- The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Training Academy at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls has partnered with Montana's Bicentennial Commission to offer a "Lewis & Clark Guide Training Program" in Spring 2002. Information about the program and program applications are available on the "Education/Professional Development" section of the Commission's web site. Graduates of the guide training program can be listed in the Commission's Resource Library as a qualified Lewis & Clark tour guide.
- Celeste River has been hired as the Symposium Coordinator for the University of Montana-Montana Bicentennial Commission sponsored Confluence of Cultures Lewis & Clark Symposium scheduled for May 28-31, 2003. The symposium will be held on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. To obtain a copy of the flyer, "A Call for Symposium Participation," contact the Commission's office or visit our website's "Education/Professional Development" page.