Sept. 11, 2008:
and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation has honored Rose Oleson
of Townsend, Mont., with its 2008 Distinguished Service Award.
is a founding member of the Foundation’s Crimson Bluffs
in Townsend. She has served as the chapter president for 10
and in that time, has enthusiastically led the Crimson Bluffs Chapter
“tell the story and steward the trail” along the
Upper Missouri River in
the Townsend Valley.
led the chapter’s efforts to identify Yorks Islands and to
the islands’ place on maps. She also directed the
to identify the Crimson Bluffs and to protect and preserve them for
generations. During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial years,
the chapter set the standard for programs, hospitality and community
in the Crimson Bluffs area. The family-oriented events
story to hundreds of would-be explorers, children and educators.
Oleson’s leadership, the chapter created a 17-point
auto tour. Members carefully researched the Lewis and Clark
route through the Townsend Valley, and developed 17 interpretive
and a colorful informative brochure. Over many years, Oleson
led the Crimson Bluffs Chapter’s efforts to serve as keepers
of the story
and stewards of the trail in the Townsend Valley.
award is presented annually to a Foundation member who has made
an outstanding contribution toward furthering the purpose and
of the Foundation.
Foundation was established in 1969 and has headquarters in Great
Falls, Mont. It partners with the National Park Service, the
of Land Management and the Forest Service in caring for the Lewis and
National Historic Trail. In addition, the Foundation supports
education and research on the expedition. The Foundation has
than 5,000 members and is known as the “Keepers of the Story
of the Trail.”
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
years ago, the Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the LCTHF was organized
in a little Montana town, Townsend. It certainly was (and is)
of the smallest of the 40+ chapters of the entire country.
a chapter! I had the opportunity to speak at a number
of their events– whether a chapter meeting, new signage
of the Yorks Islands, location of the Crimson Bluffs. And, at
forefront over and over again, Rose Oleson.
fine leader: enthusiastic, thoughtful, diligent, always making
everyone feel empowered and important. Rose has been an
breath of fresh air for the chapter.
personally commend her because she represents the best of this
chapter and of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
witnessed and participated in the efforts to have the Lewis &
story imprint firmly planted in the area with all –school
projects, great signage, a marvelous brochure of the area, boat launch
and park site, recognition of the breathtaking bluffs and the magical
Islands. York–long deserving of more
recognition–and where does he
get it in spades? Near Townsend, Montana. And, who
campaign? Rose Oleson.
former board member and long-time LCTHF enthusiast, I have been
lucky enough to see the best efforts–nationally and locally.
a most deserving Distinguished Service Award Winner.