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'Sundays On The Gorge' Series Resumes

Archaeologist to talk

After taking time off for the holidays, the "Sundays on the Gorge" program at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum will kick off its 2011 schedule Feb. 20.

On tap is archaeologist Rick McClure of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

"We are delighted to have Rick speak," said Executive Director Sharon Tiffany. "He is one of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to early gorge history. I'm sure our visitors will enjoy his presentation."

McClure is the forest archaeologist and heritage program manager for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. His presentation will focus on the history and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Gorge.

McClure has worked professionally as an archaeologist since 1979. His early work involved documentation of rock art sites throughout Washington. His master's thesis was on the study of rock art in the Columbia River Gorge.

He received a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College, and a master's from Washington State University. During his career with the US Forest Service, his research interests have included culturally modified trees, obsidian sourcing and the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, among others. He credits tribal elders with teaching him some of the best lessons of his career.

With his wife, Cheryl, McClure is the co-author of a book on the history of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the DeGroote Theatre at the museum in Stevenson.

McClure's talk is scheduled for about an hour, and he promised to allow time to answer questions.

There is no additional charge to attend the presentation, other than the usual admission fee to the museum.

For information call 509-427-8211.

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