20th Anniversary Celebration – May 16th

Staff and volunteers at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum have announced a packed schedule for the museum’s free 20th anniversary celebration Saturday, May 16.
“In addition to our usual fun events, informative display, music and activities on this day,” said Robert Peterson, director, “this year we are delighted to welcome back a member of the original museum exhibit design team Bianca Message, who will do a talk about the museum. Also Portraying “David Douglas” will be Gary Lentz in a lively presentation!

May 16 is a free day for visitors, and also scheduled is the Whiskey Flats Band, led by Mark McCormick, band teacher in the Stevenson-Carson School District. In keeping with the history theme of the day, he will focus some music on 19th century. Local logging and road-building equipment collector and restorer Eran Howell will lead a team of volunteers operating examples of various historic machines, some more than 100 years old and still working.

The Zumstien’s from Woodland Wa. Will bring their mobile antique logging display for all to enjoy! FT. Vancouver Antique Equipment Assn. Branch 23, has agreed to show off some early equipment as well. The museum staff and volunteers will be manning a food booth selling typical favorites like hamburgers and hotdogs, nachos, but augmented with some now-famous strawberry shortcake, produced under the close supervision of Gloria Howell. In the main lobby visitors will get a chance to watch local traditional hand-crafters creating products such as wool, bead work and quilts. Following the annual meeting at 2:30 p.m., where museum members will vote on a slate of new board members.

The day’s activity’s end with a cake cutting at 3 p.m. (while supplies last)