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Lewis and Clark Group Takes a Creative Approach to Fundraising
The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Association, a non-profit corporation, was formed in 1991, to plan, develop, and implement educational opportunities for the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. The Association partners with the USDA/Forest Service to provide funding for educational projects at the Center through publishing, community events, and a retail sales outlet called the Portage Cache Store.

Their most recent effort at fundraising is one their most creative. They commissioned a Monte Dolack print to highlight one of the most spectacular sections of Lewis and Clark’s historic journey as well as to promote the “backyard� of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center along the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana. Dolack has built his artistic reputation by capturing the essence of his subjects, especially in Montana, in a beautiful and witty manner. By purchasing a print, you will be helping the LCIA accomplish its mission as the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial comes ever closer. You can purchase these prints directly from the Association through their store, their web site, or online at the Made in Montana Catalog.

Now, a decade after the Association was formed, there is a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors and an office with both full and part-time staff. These are an Executive Director, a Store Manager and Sales Associates. Membership continues to grow with over 250 individual, family and corporate members. The Portage Cache Store has grown dramatically to nearly $290,000 in gross sales. Through profits, the Association was able to fund over $36,000 in projects for the Interpretive Center in fiscal year 1999-2000, $33,000 in fiscal year 2000-2001 and $29,000 fiscal year 2001-2001.

The Association has published three books, Lewis and Clark in Central Montana by Ella Mae Howard (now in it’s 6th printing), The Adventures of Sacagawea by Jane Meyer and The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Montana’s First Bird Inventory Through the Eyes of Lewis and Clark by Kenneth Walcheck with one more book currently in process. Every June, the Association hosts the extremely popular Lewis & Clark Festival in Great Falls. This free event traditionally attracts thousands of visitors who stroll through a period re-enactment of the Expedition’s portage around the great falls of the Missouri. Lectures, float trips, buffalo burgers, exhibits and a seminar are also part of the weekend. The Association continues to host Lewis & Clark lectures, a reading series and field trips.
Source: Made In Montana News Service

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