FIRST ANNUAL STATEWIDE BICENTENNIAL CONFERENCE RATED A SUCCESS
The first Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Conference attracted 176 participants who rated the statewide gathering a success. Lewistown hosted the September 26-27 gathering that was highlighted by a provocative break out session on "The Hidden Story," Montana's Indian perspective and thoughts about the expedition and the upcoming bicentennial event, and Ritchie Doyle's historical interpretation of Captain William Clark which opened the conference. Plans are underway for the Year 2000 bicentennial conference. If you were unable to attend the September gathering, there are a limited number of conference Resource Directories still available. Call the Bicentennial Commission office, 443-2109, to request a copy.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & CONFERENCES
Trail States Coordinating Meeting - Nov. 2 & 3, 1999 - Portland, Oregon
Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission meeting - Jan. 11, 2000 - Helena
Fifth Annual National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Planning Workshop - Apr. 26-28, 2000 - Kansas City, MO
Passages 2000 Conference - March 1-3, 2000 - Lewiston, Idaho
EDUCATION COMMITTEE SETS GOALS & FOCUS AREAS
Furthering education and understanding of all aspects surrounding the Lewis & Clark Expedition is a key goal of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. To achieve this goal, the Commission has established an Education Committee comprised of bicentennial commissioners, the Governor's Office, Office of Public Instruction, museum representatives and teachers. This committee has involved itself in a series of strategic planning meetings that have resulted in a list of goals and focus areas (listed below). The committee's next step will be the creation of an action plan outlining implementation strategies.
- GOAL #1 - To be an effective clearinghouse and network for Lewis & Clark information for present and future generations.
- Focus Area #1A - To develop and implement an endorsement process for educational resources to ensure accurate, honest, and responsible portrayal of the expedition and the people they encountered.
- Focus Area #1B - To develop and implement an electronic database system (Intranet Site) for the central compilation and distribution of pertinent Lewis & Clark information.
- GOAL #2 - To encourage educational activities through all age levels to commemorate the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.
- Focus Area #2A - Encourage all higher educational institutions, (including public, private and tribal) to develop related courses, seminars, workshops or elder hostel programs based on subject matter unique to the local area or its people, by 2003.
- Focus Area #2B - Encourage all K-12 institutions (including public, private and tribal) to integrate the story of Lewis and Clark and the people they met into curriculum by 2004.
- Focus Area #2C - Encourage museums, libraries, historical institutions and organizations (including public, private and tribal) to integrate the story of Lewis and Clark and the people they met into their programming by 2004.
- Focus Area #2D - Encourage the development and implementation of a distinguished educator Lewis and Clark immersion program by 2003.
- GOAL #3 - Encourage development of Indian education resource centers at Lewis & Clark facilities.
- GOAL #4 - To promote the Lewis & Clark story and the people they met to the general public and the service industry.
- Focus Area #4A - Develop a "Lewis & Clark 101" education packet.
MASTER PLAN AND PRODUCT LICENSING & SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM TO BE DEVELOPED
The Commission is currently reviewing and scoring proposals from management firms interested in helping it draft a Montana Bicentennial master plan and create a product licensing and sponsorship program. The proposals were solicited through the state's formal solicitation process.
The master plan will be designed to articulate how the many elements critical for a successful and memorable bicentennial commemoration will be intertwined and coordinated. The key elements of such a plan would include marketing, education, special events, Native American participation, statewide communication and coordination, legacies and product licensing and sponsorships. The Commission envisions the master plan will be completed by mid-2000.
The product licensing and sponsorship program is projected to be a significant source of funding for Montana's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Observance. The product lines will be designed to include quality Montana-made products and be distributed through Montana retail outlets. The sponsorship program will be structured to include local, state, regional and even selected national businesses and corporations.