Merchandising Program Announced - 1/29/02
Montanans interested in producing officially licensed merchandise for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemoration can now apply under a new program of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, said many individuals and companies in the state have contacted him about how to get officially branded products on the market.
In the spirit of partnership, the state commission has decided to participate in the national program rather than undertaking a program of its own, Blackwood said.
"A portion of the National Council royalties and proceeds from licensed products will be made available to participating states through a competitive grants process," he said. "Our commission decided this is the best route for us to follow."
Persons interested in getting application forms and information can call Diane Norton at 605-664-5920 or visit the National Council's web site www.lewisandclark200.org and click on "Bicentennial Store," he said.
"We think there will be lots of interest nationally to purchase licensed merchandise that has a Montana connection because of all the time Lewis and Clark spent here during their journey of discovery," Blackwood said.
The national program will have two components.
The first is branded products such as t-shirts designed with the national council's bicentennial logo, and the second licensed products also with the national bicentennial logo.
There will be a series of six collections under the national program: Travelers, Explorers, Memories, Kids Corps, Commemorative and Taste of the Trail.
The National Council has established a database of gift stores along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to be used in conjunction with the licensing program.