KANSAS CITY, KAN. The Great Wolf Lodge will help tell the story of the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the northeast corner of what is now the state of Kansas.
The Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission announced Wednesday that the north-woods-themed resort hotel near the Kansas Speedway would become its lead sponsor. The lodge will help the commission construct pavilions and install computer touch screens at parks along the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kan., Leavenworth and Atchison.
The touch screens will offer information about the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as advertise the Great Wolf Lodge. They will also promote a 10-day celebration in June and July marking the anniversary of the expedition.
Bridgette Jobe, the tourism manager for the Kansas City Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the office had been flooded with calls from people interested in learning more about Lewis and Clarke.
"I think it's such a great fit because of the whole wilderness theme," she said of the lodge, "but also because as people are coming, they need a place to stay, and this is an added bonus for them."
Great Wolf Lodge officials declined to give the exact amount of the contribution other than to say it was a "six-figure investment."
The Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission was established in 2000 by Gov. Bill Graves to raise awareness about Lewis and Clark and to coordinate events related to the bicentennial of their expedition.