The 11th anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum starts with a salute to the flag and the first firing of the Ft. Rains 1856 cannon on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m.
The cannon will continue to fire several rounds during the day and if one chooses to assist, a certificate of training will be awarded
The Whiskey Flats Brass Band, under the direction of Mark McCormick, will provide rousing and patriotic brass band music until noon.
Traditional hand crafts, such as spinning, beadwork and quilting, will be demonstrated in various locations in the museum.
Back by popular demand, the Bozorth Pacific Northwest Native American Collection will be featured on the second floor. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and will be allowed to handle, with supervision, most of the artifacts.
For the mechanic, single-cylinder engines will be operating near the front entrance. The Corliss steam engine will also be available on demand.
Mountain men will be interacting with the visitors and for those with an interest in Lewis and Clark, Lucy Meriwether Marks, Meriwether Lewis' mother, will answer questions about the Expedition and Lewis' untimely death. She will be found near the new Lewis and Clark exhibit, "Clahclehlah and The Corridor of Commerce," and the bronze sculpture, "The Council fire on the Columbia" by David Manuel.
Light refreshments commemorating the day will be offered as the combo "Ray Matfa and Friends" play country western tunes. They will be found near the 1921 Mack truck in the Grand Gallery.
The visitor should not miss the new geology program presented in the recently remodeled theatre. Due to a generous contribution from the DeGrotte Family Trust, the archaic 9-projector program was replaced with a DVD format. The original scipt was used with minor changes being made in order to reflect current geology theory. The program is a visitor activated program.
The special art work on display in the short term gallery is "Nature's Vessels: Baskets & Gourd." The woven baskets and decorated gourds are the work of Leslee Burtt and Chris Warren of Portland and Milwaukie, Ore.