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Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Gorge Interpretice Center plans for festivities on May 21

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson announces its 10th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony accentuated with the first firing of the 1856 Fort Rains cannon by Company "L" 3rd U.S. Artillery.

The Whiskey Flats Band, under the direction of Mark McCormick, will provide rousing and patriotic music until noon.

Enjoy a piece of anniversary cake and goodies and then walk through the museum observing the demonstration of traditional hand crafts, such as beadwork, spinning and quilting. You can receive a certificate of training for assisting with the firing of the cannon. Don't miss the traveling safety exhibit sponsored by Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad at the locomotive. It is a virtual reality experience not to be missed.

The Bozorth Pacific Northwest Native American Collection will be the featured exhibit on the second floor. The art exhibit is watercolors and pastels by Lynee Sapere of Skamania.

For the machinist, a collection of single cylinder engines will be running near the main entrance.

Mountainmen will be interacting with the museum visitor and one might also have a conversation with Lucy Meriwether Marks, Meriwether Lewis' mother.

Toe-tapping tunes will be offered by Ray Matta and Friends.

George Aguilar, author of When the River Ran Wild will present a program on the culture of the Warm Springs Nation in the Creation Theatre at 2 p.m. This Native American elder has spent years researching and recording the culture of his ancestors for the benefit of future Warm Springs generations. The book is rare in that it is written by one of their own. Aguilar will share his culture in an informal conversational style and will welcome questions and open discussion.

The day is planned for families of all ages, and for a variety of interests.

For information call 427-8211.

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