4th Annual Lewis & Clark Conference Oct. 3-4 in Bozeman
Montana's 4th annual Lewis & Clark Conference agenda and activities are taking shape. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 3-4, 2002, at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Updates on bicentennial activities on the national, regional and statewide levels will highlight the conference. With the national Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration kick off on January 18, 2003, at Monticello, VA, it is increasing-ly important that groups along the trail are up to date with all that is being planned and under-way. A conference feature will be a special reception and program at the Missouri Head-waters State Park on Thursday, Oct. 3. Registration information will be mailed in early August. For more information, including details on sponsorship and vendor displays, contact conference planner Gail Brockbank, Premier Planning, 442-4141.
MT L & C Bicentennial Commission:
- Oct. 2-3, 2002, Bozeman, MT
- Feb. 11, 2003, Helena, MT
Reg. Comm./Tribal Reps:
- Oct. 2,2002, Bozeman, Glasgow, MT
4th Annual Fall Conference:
- Oct. 3-4, 2002, Bozeman, MT
L&C Trail Heritage Foundation Annual Mtg:
- July 28-31, 2002, Louisville, KY
"Confluence of Cultures" Symposium:
- May 28-31, 2003, UoM, Missoula,MT
Legacy Campaign Fundraising Effort Gearing Up
The Montana Lewis & Clark Legacy Campaign is currently in development. The Legacy Campaign is focused on raising $14 million to finance the preservation, promotion and development programs of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission, Pompeys Pillar Historical Association, Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Foundation and the Montana Historical Society. The Montana History Foundation is providing campaign coordination and management. The Charles Bentz Associates consulting firm will serve as fundraising counsel for the campaign. In preparation for the campaign launch, the funding objectives are being refined, campaign materials are undergoing design and production, active recruitment for steering committee members is underway and a Helena campaign office is being set up. The campaign partners realize the attainment of their fundraising goal is an ambitious undertaking, and are confident that presenting one focused, statewide campaign is the critical element for success. For more information on the Legacy Campaign contact the state Commission office or call the campaign office, 457-9080.
- In order to better serve and assist the growing number of Montana organizations and communities with projects funded by the state Commission's grant programs, Amy Baird has been hired to provide grant administration support. Amy is a 2002 history graduate from Carroll College. She was hired in May for a half-time position with the Commission Office. If you are a recipient of a Commission grant, and or have any grant-related questions, feel free to contact Amy during week day afternoons at the state Commission office. If you have a current grant project underway, you will be hearing from Amy as your grant report deadlines approach and/or pass.
- A special thanks goes out to the Glasgow community and the NE Regional L&C Bicentennial Commission for a great job hosting the June Commission meeting. The hosts treated everyone to a great meeting in Glasgow as well as a memorable tour of the Fort Peck Lake area, and an event dedicating new interpretive signs at the Milk River/Missouri confluence.
- Congratulations to Jack Lepley, the new chair of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. Hal Stearns will serve as Vice Chair.
- Three Commissioner terms will expire on October 1, 2002. The Commission posts currently held by Betty Stone, Darrell Kipp and Homer Staves are up for appointment by October 1. Interested individuals wanting to serve on the state Commission should submit a letter and resume to Governor Martz. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms.
National Bicentennial Planning Update:
- The new National Geographic Lewis & Clark Imax film opened to rave reviews in Omaha, NE, April 18, 2002. This "big screen" Lewis & Clark feature is now showing three times daily (11AM/3PM/7PM) at the National Geographic Theater in Imax in West Yellowstone, MT. For more information call 406-646-4100.
- The National Council met in Lewiston, ID, April 12, 2002. They approved a communications, marketing and fundraising contract with The Metropolitan Group.
- The first-annual National Planning Forum is scheduled for Great Falls on April 10-13, 2003. This series of planning meetings replaces the national planning workshops held the past seven years. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and a vendor show is planned. For more information, contact Steve Kubick, 406-727-2481.
- The Corps of Discovery II continues planning its interpretive components while working to secure funding from both Congress and the private sector. As of early June, the Montana Regional Bicentennial Commissions and Tribes submitted in-depth questionnaires to the National Park Service for consideration as 2005-2006 host communities for the Corps of Discovery II. Montana's Corps II host locations are anticipated to be named by Fall 2002.