Legacy Award Winner for 2024 from Great Falls

If you happen to find yourself in Great Falls, do yourself the favor of making the time to stop into the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.  It is truly one of the jewels of the crown that is our city.


But it wasn't always there.  It took the hard work of many people, led by Bill Sherman starting in 1984.  His leadership and determination and large donation on his own made the center possible, opening in 1998.

Honoring Those Following the Footsteps of Previous Volunteers

Each year, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation awards the Bill Sherman Legacy award to a recipient.  The award is bestowed annually to the one person along the National Lewis and Clark Trail who best demonstrates the dedication and enthusiasm to keep the story of Lewis and Clark alive.

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This year, Phyllis Frieze-Meade of Great Falls, Montana, has been selected as the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s 2024 Bill Sherman Legacy award winner.

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A 19-year Veteran with Thousands of Hours of Volunteer Time in Great Falls

In the press release, the Foundation stated that "Whether through hands-on projects, working behind the scenes, or a physical presence and participation elsewhere along the trail, Phyllis promoted this American Story with tremendous impact. She has logged 7,700 volunteer hours working through the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and is greatly esteemed amongst her teammates."

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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest via Facebook

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The release continued by saying "She’s served in nearly every volunteer role at the Interpretive Center through the past 20 years, repeatedly going above-and-beyond to serve our visitors," said Center Director Duane Buchi." She is the consummate team member, no one could ever ask for more!”

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