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Signature Events Clear Hurdle

  • State's Signature Lewis and Clark Events Clear Hurdle - 10/10/00
    - All three of the state's signature event proposals submitted to the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in mid-September have cleared the first hurdle toward national designation and support, the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission announced Wednesday.

    "Only a very select number of other events along the trail nationwide will be recognized as having national prominence during the four-year national Bicentennial Observance," Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said. "Obviously we are quite pleased that the three Montana events currently submitted are still in the running."

    Gov. Marc Racicot has appointed Darrell Martin of Fort Belknap and Kathy Doeden of Miles City to new three-year terms on the 12-member commission, and reappointed original commission member Jack Lepley of Fort Benton, Blackwood said.

    "I am pleased with the work and dedication of the commission members," Racicot said in announcing the appointments. "With the support of the Montana Historical Society and other groups across the state, the commission has laid the foundation for our commemoration activities which we anticipate will be among the best in the nation."

    Martin is tourism director for the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance, and Doeden is corporate officer of Doeden Construction Company and a member of the Custer County Art Center Board.

    "Momentum continues to build across the state for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial," the governor said. "I am confident that the new Legislature and Governor-elect Judy Martz will continue these efforts."

    The National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council scored all three Montana signature events high in passing them through first round approval, Blackwood said. The final scoring results will be announced in late April, 2001, at the Sixth National Planning Workshop in Omaha.

    Here is a brief description of the signature events and sponsors:
    - "Discovering the Big Sky," June 2 to July 4, 2005 - This was submitted by the Upper Missouri Bicentennial Commission, Cascade and Choteau Counties. Through the use of displays, tours, fairs, demonstrations, historical reenactments, discussion groups, and pageantry, the signature event will help people explore the expedition, the native societies they encountered, and the development that followed in the wake of the expedition.
    -"The Lewis & Clark Festival at the Headwaters," July 15 to Aug. 8, 2005 - This was submitted by the Gallatin Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Association and other partners in the Bozeman and Three Forks area. Over four weekends a multi-cultural commemoration of the Corps of Discovery's passage through the Headwaters region will take place in communities from Whitehall and Twin Bridges to Bozeman, from the confluence of the Missouri River south and west of Beaverhead Rock.
    - "Clark on the Yellowstone," July 15 to Aug. 3, 2006 - This was submitted by the Yellowstone County Bicentennial Commission of Billings. This event will involve a broad partnership of local, state and federal organizations to commemorate Clark's return route along the Yellowstone River. It will include such events as a river float, Native American trail ride, Elderhostel programs, and living history actors. Events are planned along the route including at Pompey's Pillar. The signature events are just a part of the planning and promotional elements strategically outlined in Montana's new Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Master Plan just completed for the state commission by the Hingston Roach Group. Approved by the state commission in October, the plan will be available on the commission's website, "," as well as on CD and in print.

    "The new Bicentennial Master Plan will provide a good 'road map' to guide Montana in its overall planning and preparation for the fast-approaching Bicentennial," Blackwood said. "Montanans statewide are working hard to be ready when the national observance commences in 2003."



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