U.S. Department of the Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
Contact: Joan Moody
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2003||
Interagency B-Roll, Website, Map & Magazine Available
Federal Agency Partnerships Highlighted at Opening of Lewis and Clark Bicentennial; Corps of Discovery II Will Hit the Road
Charlottesville, Virginia -- The opening of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial here tomorrow will highlight cooperation among two dozen federal departments and agencies in the largest such effort since the nation's Bicentennial in 1976.
An interagency traveling exhibit will debut at the Monticello Visitor Center on January 14, launching a four-year odyssey that will travel the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Virginia to the Oregon coast from 2003-2006. On January 18, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will represent President Bush at the official commencement of the Bicentennial on the West Lawn at Monticello.
"Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future," the centerpiece of interagency efforts, hopes to visit several hundred cities and educate millions about the importance of the expedition in our nation's history. It is a collective effort of federal and state agencies, private and nonprofit organizations, and American Indian tribes. Under the auspices of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the National Park Service is providing funding, exhibit design and production, transportation, and support staff.
After January 19, the Corps of Discovery II tractor trailer with its spectacular graphics will travel across the country, unfolding into museum-quality interpretive exhibits as well as a "living history" performance tent. The Tent of Many Voices will provide a space for live demonstrations, lectures, cultural presentations and audiovisual showings. These live performances will vary along the route, with presentations made in partnership with Indian tribes, various federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector.
In 2001, 21 agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in commemorating the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark exhibition. These agencies have developed an interagency map and brochure. Joined by other agencies, they have also set up a cooperative website, www.lewisandclark200.gov, from which each agency website can be accessed. In addition to providing historical and current documents, the web site features a map on which users can click to get information on all relevant sites in each state. A future issue of People Land and Water magazine will feature articles by many of the agencies on their Bicentennial activities as well as historical photographs published for the first time.
A list of the agencies follows.
For more information about the Corps of Discovery II exhibit and tour locations, contact the National Park Service at 402-514-9311. For more information about other interagency efforts, agency media contacts, and B-roll, call 202-208-3280.
Federal Partners for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
United States Coast Guard
Department of the Treasury
United States Mint
Environmental Protection Agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
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