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Montana Bicentennial Plate Available

  • Bicentennial License Plate Goes On Sale Jan. 2 - 1/02/02
    With new commemorative Lewis & Clark license plates, Montana motorists can put some pizzazz on their bumpers while they support the efforts of Montana's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission.

    The new plates, available at licensing bureaus in all Montana counties, prominently feature the key leaders of the Corps of Discovery: Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their guide Sacajawea with her son "Pomp." Also present is the familiar outline of the state, along with the words proclaiming "Lewis & Clark Bicentennial."

    Two of the first Montanans to receive the plate were Governor Judy Martz and Lt. Governor Karl Ohs. Both were presented with framed personalized plates. ("GOV" and "LT GOV" respectively) from the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. "As Montanans, we all take great pride in the heritage of our state," remarked Governor Martz. "I think these commemorative plates are a perfect way to honor a key part of Montana's history."

    Sales of the plates help fund Lewis & Clark bicentennial events all across Montana. Plates cost $30, with $20 going to the Bicentennial Commission: renewals are $20 in subsequent years, with all the money going to the Bicentennial Commission. The bicentennial officially begins in 2003, however Montana is already preparing and hosting events ranging from historical reenactments to Indian encampments to festivals and theater presentations. "People can buy these plates now, and help fund bicentennial efforts," says Clint Blackwood, Executive Director of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission. "Plus, each year they renew their plates, they'll also be renewing their support for Montana's bicentennial."

    The full-color plates, designed by H2O Advertising, feature a bold color scheme with maroon, yellow and navy blue predominating. "We had a couple of important goals in mind when we began the design," says Blackwood. "First, we wanted a plate that captured the drama of this amazing expedition. Secondly, we wanted to make sure the plate was bright, colorful and impossible to ignore. I think we accomplished both."

    Those interested in purchasing the plates can do so at all county licensing bureaus in Montana, or by mail with annual vehicle renewal payments. There's no need to wait for license renewals; licensing bureaus will issue the plates to anyone who wants to purchase now.

    The Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission was created by the 55h Montana Legislature to aid in preparation for the Bicentennial of Lewis & Clark in Montana to be celebrated from 2003-2006. It is comprised of 12 Commissioners who are responsible for providing the overall leadership and coordination of Montana's Bicentennial Observance. The Commission meets regularly and sponsors a number of conferences and workshops to aid communities in their respective planning for Bicentennial events, activities and projects.

    For more information, contact Clint Blackwood, Executive Director of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission at 406-443-2109 or, or go to the commission's web site at



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