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LATEST IN LEWIS AND CLARK AT STATE CONFERENCE - 9/23/03

    HELENA—The Fifth Annual Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Conference will gather in Lewistown Oct. 1 for a three-day program on the latest in opportunities and happenings surrounding Montana’s commemoration of the 200-year anniversary of the Corps of Discovery.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Many Cultures – One Land,” and special events will include a traditional Indian meal sponsored by the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance, and an evening Indian encampment and Honor Guard that will be both entertaining and informative.

    “Official Bicentennial events began this year at Monticello, and the commemoration is now moving up the Lewis and Clark trail toward Montana. Lewistown is the place to be for all those who want to get involved on the state or the local level in our great Montana events and activities over the next three years,” Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.

    Programs and workshops include such topics as:

    • Event Planning: More Than “To Do” Lists
    • Public Safety: Planning for the Un-planned
    • Wanted: A Few Good Volunteers
    • Publicity and Marketing: If They Don’t Know, They Won’t Come

    Events will begin Wednesday, Oct. 1, with the 1 p.m. meeting of the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and registration all day.

    Thursday morning there will be a workshop on “Coming to a Town Near You: Corps of Discovery II,” which will provide important information to the communities that will be hosting the national traveling Corps II exhibit.

    On Friday there will be special regional meetings that will allow attendees to share information on planning and other opportunities with others doing similar things in their region of the state including tribal events and activities.

    Updates will be presented on statewide events including the national Signature Events, “Explore! The Big Sky,” and “Clark on the Yellowstone,” as well as Montana’s two Significant Events “Lewis and Clark at the Confluence,” and “Lewis and Clark Enroute Home.” An exhibitors and vendor area will be part of the conference.

    The conference will conclude with a keynote address by Hal Stearns, who is active on the state and national level with commemoration activities, and a comedic look at Captains Lewis and Clark titled “Manifest Scrutiny.”

    For more information on registration contact Gail Brockbank at 406-442-4141 or online at gailb@mt.net.

    “Our Commission and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center also are offering what may be the last round of our popular ‘Lewis and Clark Guide Training’ sessions the week after the conference,” Blackwood said.

    For more information on the guide training call Sue Buchel at 406-727-8733, he said.

     


     

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