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Director's Report February, 2004

    Lewis & Clark Legacy Fundraising Campaign Update: The Coordinating Committee met in Helena on February 25th to review updated campaign financial reports, and to set in motion the distribution of designated cash that thus far has been received by the campaign. Work continues within the regional fundraising teams, and as appropriate through the re-structured campaign management within the state Bicentennial Commission staff. Interested persons are encouraged to contact the Legacy Campaign at: 406-457-9080, or the state Commission at: 406-443-2109.

  • Publicity Update:
    • Work continued throughout February on developing the message(s) to be conveyed through the new in-state Bicentennial Publicity Campaign. This will be a six-week multi-media campaign starting in mid-April. The overall goal of this campaign is to generate in-state interest and excitement, and to communicate that the National Bicentennial Commemoration will spotlight Montana in 2005 and 2006.
    • I, along with Tom Cook, was interviewed by KBLL radio in Helena on Friday, February 20th during their weekly Coffee Break Show.
    • Also during the month I was interviewed for Lewis & Clark-oriented stories to be featured in upcoming issues of the Missoulian, and the MSU Collegian.

  • On February 2nd I met with the web site gurus at Travel Montana to discuss how the on-line Lewis & Clark information could be more inclusive and more accessible. Travel Montana says that the ‘visitor use sessions’ this year are up approximately 25%-30% from this same time last year; a good indication of increased interest amongst potential visitors.>P>
  • The state Commission met for its winter meeting at the Great Falls Interpretive Center on Tuesday, February 10th. The Education Committee of the Commission met on Monday afternoon of that week, and the representatives of the Regional Bicentennial Commissions met early Monday evening. The notes from all three of these meetings will soon be posted on the state Commission’s web site.

  • I traveled to Lolo, MT on February 5th for a major press conference to announce the findings of years of archeological research. It was announced that Travelers’ Rest is now one of just three sites along the entire national Lewis & Clark Trail to have its location officially documented. Travelers’ Rest is the only campsite to be so identified. Congrats to Dan Hall and the Travelers’ Rest Chapter for a job well done!

  • Soon you can drink Coca-Cola with Lewis & Clark! During February I have been finalizing plans and reviewing designs for Coca-Cola cans featuring a Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial message and logo. These new cans should be on the shelves this Spring.

  • Corps II Planning Update:
    • On February 12th I joined representatives of the Lewis & Clark County Bicentennial Commission in a meeting with the Corps II advance logistics planning team. It was very interesting and encouraging to see this actual local, hands-on planning taking place. The plans now call for similar planning meetings to be held in all of the 18 host communities in Montana within the next 3 months.
    • Planning continued for Montana’s first (and maybe only) Lewis & Clark Performing Arts Showcase to be held in Livingston, MT on June 17-18, 2004. Specifically this month contracts were established to secure critical planning and logistical support, as well lists generated of possible “talent” for the showcase, and of groups that may be interested in attending the showcase to book entertaining and/or educational Lewis & Clark presentations. Persons interested in participating in the showcase or in watching the showcase should immediately contact the state Commission office.
    • Also related to Corps II planning efforts, I continued to coordinate the upcoming April 7th Corps II Programming Workshop to be held in Billings. Patricia Jones and Dick Basch will co-host this day-long workshop for an audience to include in part, all Montana Corps II host communities and public-sector agencies. The overall goal of the workshop is to get everyone on the same page with regard to programming expectations and responsibilities.

  • On February 12th the Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Commission voted in favor of a transfer of Tower Rock into their ownership to become the state’s newest state park. Local input meetings will drive the location and content of new interpretative components.

  • I traveled to Fairmont Hot Springs (Montana) on the 13th to present a Bicentennial update to the Montana Ambassadors. A special “Thanks” to the Ambassadors for sponsoring each of our two most recent Lewis & Clark conferences.

  • Where will you be in fifty years? At the invitation of the May 2004 National Signature Event at Camp River Dubois, the state Commission sent some items to Illinois to be included in a Lewis & Clark Bicentennial time capsule to be opened on May 14, 2054. The Montana gifts included; the revised “Lewis & Clark Educator’s Resource Guide”; a copy of Rick and Suzie Graetz’s “Lewis & Clark Montana Trail” pictorial publication; some Edgar Paxson note cards; Eugene Daub’s artistic vision for his Montana Senate bronze bas relieve art piece; some note cards with images by Montana artist Bob Morgan; and a copy of the “Confluence of Cultures Symposium Proceedings.”

  • The March 2004 “journal notes” newsletter was drafted, printed and mailed. The current issue and all “journal notes” newsletters are on-line on the state Commission’s web site (

  • On the 24th I presented a luncheon program for the Helena-based Pachyderm club.



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