Montana Bicentennial Fundraising Program Takes First Steps
The Commission is making good on its promise to secure additional private and public sector funds for Montana's Lewis & Clark projects and activities. Funds are already coming into the Commission from the new Montana Bicentennial License Plate that went on sale January 2, 2002. By January 31, sales reports show that 1,591 plates were sold. That's a great start! If you don't have your plates yet, you had better get out and buy them. Revenue from the new plate sales will help finance a variety of Montana Lewis & Clark projects. Preparation for the Commission's next fundraising effort are being conducted by the Charles Bentz Associates in partnership with the Montana History Foundation. They have just completed drafting a Case Statement regarding the benefit of investing in Montana's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial efforts. This is Phase I of developing a coordinated fundraising program appealing to individuals, corporations and private foundations. Phase I should be completed by April 1, 2002.
MT L & C Bicentennial Commission:
- June 18, 2002, Glasgow, MT
- Oct. 2-3, 2002, Bozeman, MT
- Feb. 11, 2003, Helena, MT
Reg. Comm./Tribal Reps:
- June 17, 2002, Glasgow, MT
4th Annual Fall Conference:
- Oct. 3-4, 2002, Bozeman, MT
Natl. Council's Meeting & Annual Planning Workshop:
- April 10-14, 2002, Lewiston, ID
Commission Awards $160,000 To 32 Montana Organizations Through 2002 Grants Program
hirteen Lewis & Clark-related projects and 19 Montana organizations will share $150,000 in grant funds awarded by the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission at its February 12, 2002, meeting in Dillon. The 19 "Organization & Planning Grants" provided $38,000 to support the operations, planning and development efforts of the state's Regional Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commissions and Montana Tribes. The 13 "Project Grants" received $122,000 for the following projects and sponsors:
- Montana Tribes: Encampment Preparations - sponsored by the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance ($21,000)
- Lewis & Clark, Missouri and Milk River Confluence Panoramic Exhibit, Phase II - sponsored by Valley County Pioneer Museum ($15,000)
- Vista House Interpretive Signage (at Devil's Elbow) - sponsored by Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission of Lewis & Clark County ($10,000)
- Whitehall Amphitheatre - sponsored by Jefferson Valley Presents, Inc. ($10,000)
- A Crow Perspective on Lewis & Clark in Montana's Crow Country - sponsored by the Crow Tribe ($7,500)
- Teaching the Science & History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition - sponsored by the Montana Science Institute ($12,000)
- Native Plant Encounters; A Middle School Curriculum - sponsored by the Fort Benton School District ($2,500)
- Sidney Visitor Center - sponsored by the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture ($12,000)
- Choteau County Lewis & Clark Botanical Groves - sponsored by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association, Inc. ($7,500)
- Bitterroot Corridor Sign Project - sponsored by the Western Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission ($6,000)
- Tribal Tour Guide Training - sponsored by The People's Center, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ($8,000)
- Lewis & Clark/American Indian Encampment - sponsored by the Bicentennial Commission of Lewis & Clark County ($5,000)
- Clark's Yellowstone River Camps; Re-enactment and Permanent Displays - sponsored by the Stillwater County Bicentennial Commission ($5,000)
National Bicentennial Planning Update:
- The National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial continues to coordinate with the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian Magazine to fulfill their pledges to serve as national media partners. A new IMAX film featuring the Lewis & Clark Expedition will debut in Omaha, NE, April 20, 2002. Special trail segment feature articles will appear in the Smithsonian Magazine over the next number of months.
- The National Council has launched a national Merchandising Program in partnership with Diane Norton, President of LewisandClarkTrail.com. For details on how to participate in this new product licensing program, access the Commission's website at: www.montanalewisandclark.org/whatsnew/.
- The 2002 National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Program (CCS) attracted a lot of interest this year; 335 applications requesting over $34 million. The program had only $5 million to share with the interested parties. Montana, alone, requested about $4 million. The successful applicants will be announced by the Park Service by April 1.
- The National Park Service planning for the Corps of Discovery II (Corps II) operations is moving ahead under the leadership of Gerard Baker, Supt. of the L&C Natl. Historic Trail. Gerard recently added Carol McBryant, a Logistics Planner, and Sue Pridemore, an Interpretation Planner, to the Corp II Team. The team is currently researching the most suitable host locations along the trail for this premiere "traveling classroom." Montana's Regional Bicentennial Commissions and Tribes interested in hosting Corps II in 2005 and 2006 have each been asked to submit completed surveys identifying what they can offer.