Editor’s Note: This article is part of the coverage of the 2016 WP/MAP Conference in Great Falls, Montana.
Photos by Amber Vogt
Andrea Tavegia, Manager of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, gave planners a tour and discussed the history, planning, and construction of the Lewis and Clark National HistoricTrail InterpretiveCenter. Planners explored how this structure came to be what it is today and saw what plans never made it off the drawing board. They also learned how this massive undertaking was funded and how it continues to be funded today.
Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the 25,000 square-foot building includes the permanent exhibit hall, 158-seat theater, an education room for hands-on curriculum-based activities, and a retail store. Its mission: “The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center imparts to the public a personal sense of President Thomas Jefferson’s vision of expanding America to the west; it inspires awe and awakens curiosity toward the challenges faced by the expedition as they portaged the great falls of the Missouri River and explored the ‘unknown'; brings to life the daily experiences of the expedition and the environment and native peoples of the ‘uncharted West'; and celebrates the indomitable spirit of human discovery we all share.”