New Lewis & Clark Map Available:
Working in partnership with the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission, the Montana Department of Transportation’s Road and Mapping Section has created an informative and attractive state map featuring Montana’s Lewis & Clark Trail, the locations of Montana’s two National Signature Events, the eighteen Montana host communities for the National Park Service’s Corps II traveling interpretive park, and other key events to be held in Montana in 2005 and 2006. To receive a copy of this new map call the Commission office, or access a printable map on-line at: www.montanalewisandclark.org/whatsnew.
Circle of Tribal Advisors Announce PSA Campaign:
The Circle of Tribal Advisors (COTA) recently announced the launch of their new Cultural Awareness PSA Campaign. Two public service announcements focusing on “survival” and “cultural resource protection” will soon be hitting media outlets. Congratulations on a quality program!
2005 Challenge Cost Share Grants Program Announced:
The National Park Service announced in early October that their Challenge Cost Share Grant Program would again be offered in 2005. Interested local communities and non-profit organizations seeking funding for legacy projects or for production of Bicentennial events and activities must apply on-line by January 14, 2005. Access application material at: www.nps.gov/lecl, or contact Project Coordinator, Midori Raymore at: email@example.com, or by phone at: 888-237-3252.
Some special Montana mementos were sent to Illinois for inclusion in their Lewis & Clark time capsule to be opened in 2054. These items included: Lewis & Clark Educator’s Resource Guide, pictorial publication by Rick and Suzie Graetz, Edgar Paxson and Bob Morgan note cards, artistic vision for Senate Legacy Bronze, and Confluence of Cultures Proceedings.
Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial
P O Box 201203
Helena, MT 59620-1203
Performing Arts Directory On-Line:
The challenge of securing quality Lewis & Clark performers and presenters for your local civic club, motor coach tours or other group gatherings was made much easier with the recent posting of the Lewis & Clark Performing Arts Directory to the state Commission web site (www.montanalewisandclark.org/whatsnew). Many, but not all, of the programs listed in this new directory were featured on stage in June, 2005 during the Performing Arts Showcase held in Livingston, MT.
L&C Training Academy Workshops Planned for 2005:
The US Army Corp of Engineers recently announced they will partner with the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls to offer three education workshops in Montana in 2005. These “Lewis & Clark Training Academy” programs will cover a wide spectrum of Lewis & Clark topics and are offered at no cost to agencies and the general public. Workshops will be held in Billings on March 23-24; in Missoula the last week of April; and in Great Falls the first week of May (exact dates for Missoula and Great Falls are not confirmed at this time). Pre-registration is preferred. For more information please email Ken Wilk at: Kenneth.S.Wilk@nwk02.usace.army.mil, or call him at: 785-453-2338.
Discovery Expedition to “Proceed On” in 2005:
With its 2004 Missouri River trek from Hood River, IL to the Mandan villages of North Dakota complete, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, MO is now focusing on its plans for 2005. An October 28th planning meeting in Glasgow, MT allowed Hi-Line communities an introduction to the Discovery Expedition’s plans for a river re-enactment from Fort Union, ND to the Fort Benton area in May, 2005. Once in the Great Falls/Fort Benton area the Discovery Expedition will partner with the Lewis & Clark Honor Guard and the Explore! the Big Sky National Signature Event. Although very tentative at this time, the Discovery Expedition is also considering plans to re-trace the Lewis & Clark trail from Great Falls to the Travelers’ Rest state park near Lolo in the summer of 2005. Communities interested in having the Discovery Expedition visit their community can express those intentions by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.