Montana Hosts Commemorative Stamps Ceremony:
Montana was one of only 11 states to host “First Day of Issue” ceremonies when on May 14, 2004, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls hosted a day-long series of events showcasing three new Lewis & Clark stamps. Through a strong partnership with the United States Postal Service, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Association, and literally hundreds of local fourth grade students a 45-minute program was staged outside overlooking the Missouri River. Hundreds of stamps were purchased and cancelled, and two unique postal cachets were sold to commemorate the day. The commemoration program included comments from Great Falls mayor Randy Gray, Darrell Kipp from the Nizipuhwahsin School, representa-tives from the Congressional offices, Larry Epstein from the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Lieutenant Governor Karl Ohs, and Robert Klein from the Billings office of the Postal Service. Four students from the Real Speak School offered an opening message in the Blackfeet language. Musician Rob Quist closed the ceremony by leading students in singing his song, “Pass it On.”
National Park Service Announces New Certified Sites:
The National Park Service recently announced that the Rivers Across’ Interpretive signs and Native Plant Garden located at the Crazy Mountain Museum near Big Timber, and the new Lewis & Clark Interpretive Park in Twin Bridges as designated new Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Sites. Livingston is nearing completion of a 12-site certification designation from the National Park Service. Congratulations!
Illinois Time Capsule:
Some special Montana mementos were sent to Illinois for inclusion in their Lewis & Clark time capsule to be opened in 2054. These items included: Lewis & Clark Educator’s Resource Guide, pictorial publication by Rick and Suzie Graetz, Edgar Paxson and Bob Morgan note cards, artistic vision for Senate Legacy Bronze, and Confluence of Cultures Proceedings.
Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial
P O Box 201203
Helena, MT 59620-1203
Lewis & Clark prefer Coca Cola?
Thanks to Lehrkind’s Bottling Co. of Bozeman for designing and placing the state Commission’s Lewis & Clark logo image on Coca Cola can panels. The message “Enjoy Montana and Join the Journey 2004-2006” is at the rim of these new cans now on shelves statewide. (fyi- Pepsi may put something similar on their soft drink glasses in 2005).
OPI launches web site:
Montana’s Office of Public Instruction recently announced the launch of their new Lewis & Clark web site (www.opi.state.mt.us/lewis&clark). This new site will be an effective vehicle allowing educators quick access to a wide variety of current Lewis & Clark educational resources. This is a great new education tool. Super job OPI!
New Events and New Attractions:
New attractions (i.e. Challenge Course at Museum of the Rockies, Native Plant Garden in Big Timber, new Interpretive Park in Twin Bridges, etc.) are becoming realities, as are new events in anticipation of Montana’s national spotlight in 2005 and 2006. Travel the trail and see for yourself! Please also keep the state Commission and Travel Montana updated with new offerings so visitors will be informed of where to go and what to see!
The state Commission held its Spring meeting in Livingston on Thursday, June 17th. A working lunch with the regional bicentennial commissions and Tribal representatives highlighted a very busy agenda. Full meeting notes will be shortly posted on the Commission’s web site. Of note was the decision that due to the national Bicentennial focusing on Montana in 2005 and 2006, no annual state Lewis & Clark conferences would be scheduled these next two years. As the meeting neared adjournment, Homer Staves was elected as Chair for the coming year, and Darrell Martin as Vice-Chair. Working closely with Hal stearns as Commission Chair the past year was a very rewarding experience. Thanks Hal for your leadership, and for being such a positive emissary for Montana on your many travels along the Lewis & Clark Trail!