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SITES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL TRAVELING L&C TOUR AND PERFORMERS SOUGHT TO HELPT ELL THE STORY HERE - 3/15/04

    The sites and dates for the national Park Service sponsored Corps of Discovery II Lewis and Clark traveling exhibit have been announced for 2005 and 2006, and the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is holding a showcase for performers interested in being a part of commemoration activities across the state.

    “We are starting to see the tangible things that will be taking place in Montana during the Bicentennial fall into place. We are working hard to make sure that Montana is ready when our time in the national spotlight comes,” Clint Blackwood, executive director of the state Bicentennial Commission said.

    Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Superintendent Gerard Baker has announced the “Corps of Discovery II: 200 years into the Future” traveling exhibit will stop in 18 Montana communities during 2005 and 2006. The exhibit is transported in a large semi-truck trailer, and opens into a large display that includes what is called the “Tent of Many Voices.”

    “The Corps II has a traveling staff accompanying it that will provide an entertaining and informative narrative of the Corps of Discovery,” Blackwood said. “The Tent of Many Voices provides local communities an opportunity to highlight Montana history and local talent.”

    To help communities and groups like Chambers of Commerces, civic groups, local fairs and festivals line up Lewis and Clark programs, the state Bicentennial Commission is holding a “Performing Arts Showcase” in Livingston June 17 and 18 at the new Livingston Christian Center that has a 200 seat auditorium and stage area.

    “The Showcase will give us a venue for us to have performers and speakers that have programs with a Lewis and Clark focus perform before an audience of people who might want to book them for shows,” Blackwood said.

    There will be no fee for performers, but there will be a small registration fee for those who wish to watch the performances. Performers can include oratorical, musical, theatrical, dance or other arts so long as they have a Lewis and Clark theme.

    Performers or those who wish to watch their performances can contact Gail Brockbank at Premier Planning 406-442-4141 or e-mail her at gailb@mt.net for information.

    “We are asking performers to limit their performance to about 12 minutes. We anticipate that we will have continuous showcases the afternoon of June 17 and the morning of June 18 for up to 20 presentations,” Blackwood said.

    “When this is all done, we will have an expanded performing arts inventory in our on-line resource library for people to use all during the commemoration,” Blackwood said. “We are getting down to the nitty-gritty with onsite and logistical planning going on across the state.”

    The traveling Corps II exhibit will roughly follow the timing and path of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 2005 and 2006 as it came through and returned through Montana. Here are locations and stops in Montana:

    2005 STOPS ON TOUR
    *May 6-9 Wolf Point
    *May 14-17 Fort Peck/Glasgow
    *May 22-29 Fort Belknap/Dodson/Malta
    *June 3-12 Fort Benton
    *June 16-20 Rocky Boy/Box Elder
    *June 25-July 4 Great Falls
    *July 9-17 Helena
    *July 22-31 Bozeman
    *Aug. 5-8 Dillon
    *Aug. 26-29 Hamilton
    *Sept. 8-11 Lolo

    2006 STOPS ON TOUR
    *June 21-25 Missoula
    *June 30-July 2 Lincoln
    *July 7-10 Blackfeet Reservation
    *July 15-18 Crow Agency
    *July 22-25 Billings
    *July 30-Aug. 3 Miles City
    *Aug. 8-12 Sidney

     


     

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