Great Falls, Mont., December 4, 2020 – The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center will continue the festive tradition of the annual “Trim the Tree” event. The creative staff at Center have adapted the program to meet current CDC guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 transmission risk. Community members are welcome to stop by and pick up a kit containing materials for two ornaments. Participants will make the ornaments at home keeping the first for personal use and returning the second to hang on a tree outside of the Center.
“Our staff felt that it was important to provide the community with a sense of consistency this holiday season – especially this holiday season,” said Director of the Lewis and Clark Interpretation Center Dave Cunningham. “This annual holiday celebration may be different this year but that doesn’t mean less joyful. These changes will continue the tradition but make it safely accessible for all.”
Lewis and Clark faced holiday hardships of their own. In the winter of 1805, their meat was spoiled, rations meager, and they were 4,000 from home. Yet, they found ways to spread cheer and give small gifts.
“This holiday season will include new challenges, but perhaps we can strive for joy and cheerfulness in the face of hardship by taking a page out of the experiences of the Lewis and Clark’s story,” said Cunningham.
The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is currently open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday. Visit: https://go.usa.gov/x7z4f to learn more about the center or call us at (406) 727-8733. Masks are required in the Center to protect our staff during this time.