4th Annual Montana Lewis & Clark Conference A Success; Resource Directories Available
There was plenty of education, updates and entertainment shared by the 175 attendees of the 4th Annual Montana Lewis & Clark Conference held in Bozeman October 3-4, 2002. The attendees had a chance to warm up at a pre-conference grant writing workshop and cool down with a post-conference workshop on presenting living history. In between, the Montana Lewis & Clark faithful had an opportunity to update each other on the statewide, regional and national events and projects developing and prepared for the upcoming Bicentennial. The conference goers were treated to an evening tour of Headwaters State Park with a reception in Three Forks and a very entertaining Lewis & Clark musical show performed by Greg Keeler to help close out the conference. If you missed the conference, a limited number of Resource Directories filled with useful reference and presentation materials are available for a minimal fee from the Montana Bicentennial Commission office.
MT L & C Bicentennial Commission:
- Feb. 11, 2003, Helena
- May 27-28,2003, Missoula
- Oct. 1-2, 2003, Lewistown
Natl. Council Meeting:
- January, 2003, Monticello
- April 13-17, 2003, Great Falls
- Feb, 10, 2003, Helena
Reg. Comm./Tribal Reps:
- Feb. 10,2003, Helena
6:30-8:30 pm (tent.)
"Confluence of Cultures" Symposium:
- May 28-31, 2003, UoM, Missoula,MT
2003 Grant Programs Announced:
The state Commission is once again partnering with the Montana Commerce Department's Travel Montana Division to offer non-profit organizations grant funds to implement Lewis & Clark-related projects. In addition to the "2003 Project Grant Program," the Commission will once again offer "Organization & Planning Grants" for recognized Regional Bicentennial Commissions and Tribal governments. The funding level for these two programs will be finalized at the Commission's February 11, 2003 meeting. Information and applications are available on the "Funding" section of the Commission's website, http://montanalewisandclark.org, or by contacting regional commissions, Trail Heritage Chapters or the state Commission office. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 20, 2002.
Information about the 2003 National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Grant Program is also on the "Funding" page of the Commission's website. The Park Service strongly encourages electronic applications for these grants. You can get the forms by accessing the National Park Service website: www.nps.gov/lecl.
Lewis & Clark Dates & Events to Remember:
(Please refer to the Commission's "Events" web site breakout section for a more complete listing of events.)
- January 14-19, 2003: "Jefferson's West" National Heritage Signature Event in Charlottesville and Monticello, VA. This official "kick-off" event is from noon-1:00 PM (Eastern Time) at Monticello. Montana will be represented by numerous attendees and a booth. Montana will help sponsor the Signature Event's "The Journey and Tastes of the Trail" reception Saturday afternoon, January 18.
- January 18, 2003: Montana will join in the national Bicentennial kick off with a "Lewis & Clark Day in Montana" event at the state Capitol. Activities include Lewis & Clark re-enactors presenting the colors to both the Montana Senate and House, and a Capitol Rotunda program with displays and exhibits.
- April 29-May 1, 2005: Lewis & Clark at the Confluence "This long wished for spot..." is the official welcome of the Expedition to Montana. This event, sponsored by Montana and North Dakota, takes place the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.
- June 1- July 4, 2005: Explore the Big Sky National Heritage Signature Event presented in the Fort Benton/Great Falls region.
- Late June/Early July, 2006: An event (yet un-named) to welcome the Lewis & Clark Expedition back to Montana on their 1806 return trip.
- July 22-25, 2006: Clark on the Yellowstone National Heritage Signature Event to commemorate Clark's return home via the Yellowstone River Corridor.
Montana Lewis & Clark Legacy Campaign Taking Shape:
The Lewis & Clark Legacy Campaign, Montana's major Bicentennial fundraising effort, is taking shape. Over the last few months, the Legacy Partners have been working to build a campaign plan and organizational structure that will give the effort the blueprint for success. This work has included refining the Legacy Partners' funding objectives, creating a high-profile statewide Steering Committee, designing and producing campaign materials, developing a corporate sponsorship program, recruiting regional campaign leaders, and securing significant initial pledges. For more information on the Legacy Campaign contact the state Commission office or contact the campaign office, 457-9080.