About the Commission
The Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission was charged with the
mission to "Rekindle the spirit of discovery, achievement and wonder fostered by the original
exploration." Pursuant to this task, the commission developed and
coordinated an effective means for the State of Missouri to observe bicentennial
commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. The Commission promoted
the public awareness of the historical significance of the expedition related
to the Missouri Territory. In addition, the bicentennial commission was a catalyst
for accomplishing Missouri's Lewis and Clark Bicentennial capital improvement
projects, programs and special events. The bicentennial projects and events
were comprised of public (state, federal and local), private, and foundation
The executive director of the commission also served as liaison between the
other 14 states participating in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
The commission served as a statewide umbrella for bringing together Missouri's
communities, the National Park Service and other federal agencies as well as
private groups planning projects and events. The commission reported (formally)
to the Governor in October of each year.
The commission was authorized by Executive
Order 98-06. Executive
Order 03-01 added three more agencies
to the commission. The bi-partisan members,
appointed by the Governor, served a single term that expired at the conclusion
of the commemoration in fall of 2006.