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journal notes

July 2006
Issue No. 8 Vol. 2

State Commission’s Last Meeting Set

The last meeting of the state Commission been set for July 21st, and an agenda was posted on the Commission’s web site. This last meeting will be held at the Mansfield Center, Burns West Auditorium at 2900 12th Avenue North in Billings, Montana. This last agenda will work to tie-up the many projects untaken by the state Commission. (The Executive Committee of the state Commission will remain in existence through 2007 to handle any unfinished business.) As previously mentioned Rita Cortright, the Administrative Assistant for the state Commission, will stay on staff through 2006 to ensure that all grants are reported-out, the Legacy Report is finalized, and to close the office. An awards ceremony is planned during lunch to acknowledge the persons who have given of their time on the state Commission, special event planners, the Regional Bicentennial Commissions and the many state and federal agencies who have worked to commemorate the Lewis & Clark Expedition through Montana. A special 13-minute DVD was prepared, and will be shown during the meeting to showcase the many accomplishments of the state Commission since its commencement back in 1998.

2006 Challenge Cost Share Grant Recipients

The National Park Service recently named the recipients of its 2006 (and maybe last?) offering of the Challenge Cost Share Grants Program. The Montana recipients are as follows:

Upcoming MT L&C Bicentennial Commission’s Final Meeting

July 21, 2006, at the Mansfield Center, 2900 12th Avenue N., Ste. 30W, Billings

Please RSVP to 406-443-2109

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of all Commission meetings are available on the state Commission’s website.

Event Updates

June 21 – July 9, 2006 – The Lewis & Clark in the Rockies Bicentennial Festival in the Missoula area was off and running with an “Out to Lunch” program in Caras Park, kicking off the event on Wednesday, June 21. The Corps II: 200 Years to the Future traveling interpretive park, sponsored by the National Park Service, along with many other federal agencies, will be at the Southgate Mall from June 22-25. Travelers’ Rest Campsite will host their 200th anniversary ceremonies from June 29 to July 3 with commemorative events planned at the new state park. On July 9 a unique event is being planned to officially recognize the relocation of the Travelers’ Rest National Historic Landmark 1_ miles to the west of its original location designation by the National Park Service.

July 22 – July 25, 2006 – Montana’s second National Signature Event, “Clark on the Yellowstone,” will take place at Pompeys Pillar, just east of Billings. The Bureau of Land Management’s newly completed Interpretive Center will be dedicated on July 22nd as part of the Opening Ceremonies of this special event. A symposium of Native Americans will highlight an Indian encampment scheduled at the Pillar during the event. The Corps II “Tent of Many Voices” will be offering great programs from July 22-25 as well. The Signature Event culminates on Tuesday, July 25, with the National Day of Honor ceremonies, marking the 200th Anniversary of Captain William Clark signing his name on the Pillar.

July 26 – July 29, 2006 will see the Lewis & Clark in Blackfeet Country event planned to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ill-fated July 1806, encounter of the Captain Meriwether Lewis’ men and the Blackfeet hunting party. The Blackfeet are making plans to host a symposium at the Blackfeet Nation’s Mini Arbor in Browning to tell their story of that encounter. Local tours will also be offered by the Blackfeet.

Corps of Discovery II Schedule

Montana will host the National Park Services’ Corps II program in the following communities this summer: Missoula (June 22-25), Lincoln (June 30-July 2), Blackfeet Reservation (July 7-10), Crow Reservation (July 15-18), Pompeys Pillar (July 22-25), Miles City (July 30-August 3) and in Sidney (August 8-12).

Montana Senate Bas-Relief Artwork Update

The sale of miniature bronze “maquettes” continues in an effort to provide necessary revenue to pay for the Montana Senate Art Project. To date 39 of the 75 maquettes and 640 of the 1,000 bronze medallions have sold. The silver medallions were sold out very early in this campaign. The full 16.5 foot by 8 foot art relief by acclaimed artist Eugene Daub is now in the foundry in Kalispell, and is in the casting stage. Delivery to Helena for installation is still anticipated for later this Fall. If you or someone you know might be interested in purchasing this limited edition artwork, contact Gena Ashmore at the Montana Historical Society, (406) 444-1799.

Life After the Bicentennial

A meeting was held in Helena on May 17th with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and the Parks Division of the MT Dept. of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to discuss what happens to the Lewis & Clark Trail in Montana after 2006. It was agreed that the Montana Tourism & Recreation Initiative would be asked to compile an “Assets Inventory” of the Trail to create a database of assets presently in Montana. It was also agreed that Montana would offer multiple “Legacy Contacts” to the National Park Service to coordinate future Trail development and promotion.

Correction to November’s “journal notes”

There was an omission in the November “journal notes.” It should have been noted that the community of Wolf Point hosted the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles in May of 2005, and then made a financial donation of $600 to that group after their departure.


Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
P O Box 201203 Helena, MT 59620-1203
Phone: 406-443-2109 Fax: 406-444-2686