Two bills currently being considered by the Montana Legislature are of prime importance to the future of the Lewis & Clark Trail in Montana and to Montana’s two National Signature Events. HB 301 would extend indefinitely the life of the Montana Lewis & Clark license plate with future revenue being evenly distributed to Pompeys Pillar, Traveler’s Rest, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Foundation and the Montana Historical Society. HB 417 as presently drafted would generate $1M from the state’s general fund to be evenly split between the Explore! the Big Sky and Clark on the Yellowstone National Signature Events. It may not be too late to voice your support.
It was with regret that the state Commission accepted Darrell Martin’s letter of resignation from the state Commission during its February 15th meeting in Helena. Darrell has accepted a full-time position with the National Park Service, and will be for the next 1½ years one of two American Indian Liaisons for Corps II, headquartered out of his new NPS office in Rapid City, South Dakota. Thanks Darrell for all of your insight, guidance and friendship!
Montanans in Key Leadership Positions:
As the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial focuses on Montana in 2005 and 2006 several Montanans have assumed key national leadership roles. Darrell Martin, the immediate past Tribal Chairman of the Gros Ventres and Assiniboine Tribe, and immediate past state Commission vice-chair, is now one of two Tribal Liaisons for Corps II; George Donnelly of Helena is on the National Guard Bureau National Steering Committee for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial; Margaret Gorski of Missoula is the Forest Service’s Lewis & Clark Bicentennial National Field Coordinator; and Dick Fichtler with the BLM office in Missoula is the acting National Field Liaison for the Bicentennial for the BLM. Congratulations, and thank you for your strong leadership!
Want to Book a Lewis & Clark Program?
The Montana Committee for the Humanities has both a listing of quality speakers and some funding to assist in providing programs upon request. To access more information go on-line at: www.umt.edu/lastbest/speakers.htm. The state Commission’s Performing Arts Directory is on-line at: www.montanalewisandclark.org/whatsnew/home.htm.
Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial
P O Box 201203
Helena, MT 59620-1203
Confluence of Cultures Symposium Gains National Recognition:
Mark Sherouse, Executive Director of the Montana Committee for the Humanities, recently announced that his Humanities Committee was honored in late 2004 with the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Excellence in Public Program Programming for their partnership with the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission on the 2003 Confluence of Cultures Symposium. This award was given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils at a luncheon in Washington, DC.
MT National Guard Names Bicentennial Coordinator:
MSG Ted Reichert was recently named as the 2005 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Coordinator for the Montana Army National Guard. MSG Reichert has already been logging the miles necessary to make personal contact with all of the Corps II host communities and key event venues. MSG Reichert can be reached at his Helena office at: 406-324-3195, or on his cell phone at: 406-459-7505 Welcome aboard Ted!
Montana Lewis & Clark Events Calendar:
A comprehensive listing of Montana’s many Lewis & Clark events is available on-line and in print. You can pick up the 2005 Calendar of Events at chambers of commerce, visitor centers, and by calling Travel Montana at: 406-841-2870. An electronic calendar of events by trail corridors is available at: www.visitmt.com. Click on the “Lewis & Clark” tab at the top of the page.
Transition Planning Underway:
It may seem strange to some that with many national and state-focused Bicentennial Commemorative activities to be hosted in Montana this summer and next, planning is already underway for the phasing out of the state Commission. A December 31, 2006 “end-date” of the state Commission’s activities has been set, fully one year in advance of the Legislatively established sunset date of 12/31/07. A Transition Committee has been created to address the many challenges that must be addressed over the next number of months.
Email Address Update:
Please make a note to modify your address books to reflect these new e-mail addresses for state Commission staff (Rita Cortright at: firstname.lastname@example.org; Clint Blackwood at: email@example.com).