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Museum Hosts Sunday History Series

Spend an afternoon

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson is offering another segment of the "Spend a Sunday Afternoon with History" series on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

The topic is "In the Wake of the Steamboat Era."

The presenter will be Captain Tom Cramblett, an individual well known in the area and who can speak about the "big river" and steam boats from first-hand knowledge. Cramblett is the captain of The Columbia Gorge, a modern version of the sternwheelers from a by-gone era. He has lived his entire life in the Gorge and comes from a family who has resided in Cascade Locks for several generations.

He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum and is on the education committee.

He has studied the history of the area with great interest and has chosen to share his insights into the history of the Oregon Steam & Navigation Company.

He says, "I want to focus on the importance of this area of the river and what made it possible for the Oregon Steam & Navigation Company to become the most powerful transportation monopoly on the west coast. This is where they consolidated their resources to become that powerful business giant."

This is a great opportunity for Columbia Gorge enthusiasts and residents to experience the history of the Gorge from the perspective of a noted local historian. Cramblett is a wealth of information about many topics, but he will take this one to a new level of intrigue and fascination.

Steamboats and sternwheelers are at the top of his favorite subjects.

Les Hastings, a retired teacher and museum volunteer, organized this history series. The programs are set to be presented every third Sunday for the remainder of the year. The topics will be announced two weeks in advance.

Call (800) 991-2338 or 427-8211 for information.

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