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    HELENA— Projects are coming together across Montana to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Corps of Discovery, but there is still much to be done, Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said Wednesday.

    The Commission announced that it has awarded $129,641 in grants for 11 Lewis and Clark-related projects sponsored by local communities and non-profit groups across the state.

    The commission received 39 applications for projects totaling $662,755 under this year’s Project Grant Program, Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.

    “We are pleased to be able to provide funding for many of the projects, but there are still many more worthy efforts across Montana that deserve support and sponsorship,” Blackwood said. “We will continue to look for ways to work with local communities to get that accomplished.”

    This year a number of entities contributed to the funding of the grants program: Travel Montana/Department of Commerce contributed $50,000, the U.S. Forest Service $33,500, and Qwest Foundation $15,000. The Commission has also contributed $31,141. The sale of bicentennial license plates provides critical funding for the Commission’s grants program.

    “We would like to express our appreciation to those who have already purchased or renewed their Lewis and Clark plates, and would like to encourage those who have not to consider doing so,” Blackwood said.

    Each of the organizations receiving grants must contribute $1 of in kind labor and/or materials or cash to receive $2 in project grant funds, Blackwood said.

    The commission also awarded $32,398.66 to 17 local bicentennial organizations and Montana Tribes for organizational and planning efforts.

    Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts for the awards announced today:

  • Helena – Montana’s Museum at the Montana Historical Society will create a long-term museum exhibit interpreting Montana history at the time of the L&C Expedition. The exhibit will highlight traditional Indian life-ways and provide renditions of the landforms and biological communities that were essential to the success of those people living here. Grant is for $24,991.

  • Butte– The Mineral Museum, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology will design and construct a traveling exhibit that will focus on the geologic and geographic aspects of the L&C Expedition in Montana. The exhibit will be made available to other museums and institutions. Grant is for $13,000.

  • Statewide – Montana Committee for the Humanities will increase the availability of its Speakers Bureau presentations on various cultural and historical aspects of the L&C Expedition. Grant is for $15,000.

  • Dillon – Beaverhead County will build a 4000 sq. ft. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center that will tell the story of the Expedition’s journey through that area. The Center will also include a Tourist Information Center. Grant is for $25,000.

  • Livingston – Federation of Fly Fishers will develop both a physical and virtual exhibit at the Fly Fishing Discover Center. The exhibit will include fishing techniques the Expedition used, techniques learned from the Indians, and will also focus on fish discoveries and fish as food. Grant is for $11,500.

  • Missoula – The Art Museum of Missoula will create a print portfolio of native perspectives on the trail. Native American artists have been invited to create a limited edition fine art print in response to themes surrounding the Bicentennial. The portfolio will travel at little or no charge to art centers and museums throughout Montana. Grant is for $17,000.

  • I-15 North between Craig and Cascade – Reaching the Rockies Chapter, L&C Trail Heritage Foundation will develop interpretive signage at the Dearborn Rest Area to interpret Lewis & Clark sites in that area. Grant is for $5,000.

  • Missoula – Western Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission will construct four interpretive signs in Caras Park at the Lewis & Clark Riverfront Overlook. Grant is for $6,000.

  • Nashua– Nashua Community Development Association will host a festival to give visitors an opportunity to see first-hand an 1800’s camp, Indian Encampment, and black powder shoot. Programs and speakers will provide education to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Lewis & Clark. Grant is for $6,150.

  • Helena – The Myrna Loy Center will create a series of unique performing arts projects for performance in Helena and throughout the state. The series will highlight the contemporary arts along the L&C trail and offer contemporary artists the opportunity to create and perform artistic work during the Bicentennial commemoration. Grant is for $4,500.

  • Miles City – Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce will to hold a one-day event in Miles City at the Custer County Art Center. The event will feature speakers, re-enactors, dancing and traditional teachings from the Northern Cheyenne tribe, botany from the Native Americans, educational sessions, and changes that have occurred since L&C’s time. Grant is for $1,500.



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