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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

  • Great Falls, MT
  • http://www.lewisandclark.org

Mission Statement

We preserve, promote, and teach the diverse heritage of Lewis and Clark for the benefit of all people.

Service Areas

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National

The LCTHF has members in the United States and several countries around the world.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 2012

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Lindy Hatcher

Keywords

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Lewis and Clark, American history, Trail Stewardship, Family Adventure, Native American

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EIN

51-0187715

 Number

5569650107

Physical Address

4201 Giant Springs Road

Great Falls, MT 59405

Also Known As

LCTHF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Foundation programs include: 1 Scholarship and Education: The Foundation has a research Library and Archives at the Great Falls Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT. In addition, the Foundation serves as an information source for teachers, students, researchers and the public traveling the trail. Quarterly, we publish a scholarly magazine of the latest subject matter research and provide extensive information about the stories of the Expedition on our website. 2.Trail Stewardship: The Foundation works on trail wide stewardship projects with the federal and state land management and administrative agencies that preserve and protect the trail. 3.Advocacy: The Foundation advocates for the trail and for trail funding. 4.Family Adventure: The Foundation is developing a family adventure program to draw families to the trail through education, volunteerism and wellness. 5.Native American Awareness: The Foundation's Diversity Committee drafting a plan to ensure that Native voices and stories are a part of the Foundation?s work.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is dedicated to keeping the Lewis and Clark Expedition story alive and being Stewards of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and . We preserve, promote, and teach the diverse heritage of Lewis and Clark for the benefit of all people. We house the William P. Sherman Library and Archives, one of the most comprehensive libraries on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Native American-related materials. Our goal is to have a searchable list of all books in our library catalogued and available on our Website by late Spring of 2015. We also publish our quarterly journal, "We Proceeded On" and send it out to all of our members and several Interpretive Centers across the country. We want to increase the number of articles in the journal. We create an e-newsletter, "The Orderly Report", and plan to mail it to our members without e-mail addresses to keep all of our members updated on the latest happenings along the trail, in our organization, and at our headquarters office in Great Falls, Montana.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are establishing an Educational Grants program to help accomplish our goal of being "Keepers of the Story". We also sponsored National History Day for 2015 and will award two $1,000 prizes junior and senior high students for their Lewis and Clark Expedition related projects. We hired a library technician to help bring our Library up to
    To accomplish our goal of being "Stewards of the Trail", for the past several years, we award grants to nonprofit organizations and others for projects along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Eastern Legacy section of the trail that enhance public access, enjoyment, knowledge of significant Lewis and Clark Sites, protect, preserve, restore threatened sites or resources, and involve partners, tribes, and youth groups.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have 30 Chapters in 17 states and see ourselves as the "Citizen Army" or "boots on the ground" to help protect and preserve the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. We have over 1,200 members and we hold National and Regional meetings around the country to learn more about current scholarship and findings. Our Chapters are conducting archaeological digs and locating sites like Travelers' Rest in Lolo, MT, Clark's Canoe Camp and Horse Crossing sites in Billings, MT, and others, partially funded by LCTHF grants. We publish articles in our scholarly journal, "We Proceeded On". We encourage people to get out on our trails and paddle the rivers, hike the trails, and climb the mountains that the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled while exploring the West to better understand their stories. We were selected as National Speakers for Partnership for the National Trails System's National Historic Trails Workshop as industry leaders for working with our Trail Administrator to market the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We developed a Strategic Plan and Work Plan. Staff has increased from one to five persons, and adding a sixth for 3 FTEs. Our membership numbers remain consistent for the past three fiscal years, unlike national trends of declining membership. Our donations increase corresponding to increased work and activity performed along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. We are promoting tourism along the trail with a regional marketing campaigns, "Lewis and Clark Country" and "Go Adventuring" and developing one segment per year. We are working with tourism attractions, Native American tribes and attractions, Lewis and Clark sites, and state tourism departments to support heritage and scenic tourism sites. This helps us keep the story alive and increases visitors to the trail. Visitation numbers and economic development are compared before and after the marketing campaigns to measure success.
    We started a "Chapter Presidents' Chat" to capture best practices and share success stories and challenges between Chapters.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our Trail Stewardship Endowment grant program is thriving. We are developing our Educational Grants program this year. Our Chapter presidents meet quarterly; three conference calls and one in-person meeting at our Annual Meeting. Our library tech and library volunteers have inventoried all books, periodicals, and are currently working on objects and maps. We have kept our membership at 1,200 for the third year in a row. We are also hiring an ad salesperson to increase ad revenue in our "We Proceeded On" journal and support four additional pages in the journal. We have a wonderful, caring Board with members from all over the country who are working on our Strategic Plan and Work Plan. Staff work well together like a well-oiled machine, and Committees are active and productive. Of course, our plates are always full with to do items.
Service Areas

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National

The LCTHF has members in the United States and several countries around the world.

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LEWIS & CLARK TRAIL HERITAGE FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Lindy Hatcher

BIO

Lindy Hatcher is the Foundation's Executive Director. She works at Foundation Headquarters located in Great Falls, MT.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dan Sturdevant

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