Explore Cultural Landmarks With Native Guide Randy Lewis May 18!

IMG_0324 Randy Lewis  3Explore culturally significant locations from the Peshastin Pinnacles to
the Wenatchee Heights with Native American guide Randy Lewis during a day-long bus tour Sunday, May 18. The bus will depart the Wenatchee Valley Museum for the six-hour tour with a stop for a no-host lunch along the way. Tickets are $45 per person.
This educationally intensive tour provides a perspective on a rich Native American Columbia Plateau heritage. Lewis, a gifted storyteller who traces his roots to the Wenatchi band, will share the stories of his people associated with local landmarks including Saddle Rock, Eagle or Lincoln Rock and the Owl Sisters. The tour coincides with the May 16 opening of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center’s A River of Baskets exhibit featuring the work of Columbia River tribal basketmakers.
Lewis is enthusiastic about sharing the history of his people and the stories his ancestors wove from the surrounding landscape. He hopes deeper understanding will lead to a greater respect and awareness for ancient cultures.
“It was not uncommon to stumble across artifacts in the orchards when I was a kid,” Lewis said. “Columbia River lithography is just incredible and prolific. We were always uncovering points, arrowheads, beautiful jasper pieces. We learned from the elders to put them back where we found them, apologize for the disturbance and cover them back up.”
Besides the obvious landmarks associated with the Columbia Plateau, Lewis will talk about the many local ancient village sites and share what life was like for the people who lived in tule lodges along the banks of the Columbia River, catching and drying fish, hunting and gathering vegetables in the surrounding hills.
To purchase tickets for the tour, call the museum at 509-888-6240 or stop by the Museum at 127 South Mission in Wenatchee

Support Your Community, Support River Of Baskets

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“River of Baskets” is set to open in Wenatchee May 16, 2014, and will travel over the next two years to other cultural centers and museums along the Columbia River.

But we need your help. 

Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $9,500 and is the final push toward the total budget needed to create this special exhibition and series of programs. We have only raised $950 so far, which is far short of our goal.

Specific needs for the funding are to provide:

  • Educational programming for school groups and community members that includes demonstrations and hands-on learning from our Native participants.
  • Safe transportation and installation of baskets from individuals and organizations participating in the exhibition.
  • Creation of an accompanying video featuring participating artisans.
  • Hosting Native artisans who are participating in the exhibition and accompanying video.

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, a non-profit organization with a successful 75 year history, will open a comprehensive and beautiful exhibit honoring thirteen contemporary Native basket makers of the Columbia River, and the work of their ancestors who created baskets.  These artisans are preserving the enduring traditions of their people, and are held in high regard in their own communities.  They represent tribes from the headwaters to the mouth of the mighty Columbia River.

We are seeking funding to ensure this exhibition is of the highest quality and pays proper respect to the Basketmakers, both contemporary and historical, who carry on this ancient craft.

Please donate what you can today via our indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-river-of-baskets-an-exhibition-of-columbia-river-tribal-basketmakers

Watch our informational video on the project here:

Join Us For Super Spring Break Adventures This Week

WVM_supersummeradventures1Kids can explore the web of life from 9 a.m. to noon, March 31-April 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Visiting experts and museum staff lead this exciting class for kids in grades 3-5 featuring walking field trips, art lessons, and science experiments.
“We want kids to really understand ecosystems including the one they are part of,” said museum education coordinator Selina Danko.
Students will build a terrarium, create a doomsday vault, clone a plant, build a mini-greenhouse, study leaf pigments and conduct a plant-feeding experiment during the four-day class.
Daily walking tours feature Wenatchee’s urban landscape and river areas. Students will examine mud near the riverbank in search of footprints left behind by nocturnal animals. Water samples from different areas of the river will be collected for microscopic study.
“We will draw, paint, walk and conduct experiments while learning to use all of our senses to learn about the world around us,” Danko said. “This class will be loads of fun.”
Cost of the program is $20 per day for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. To attend all week, cost is $70 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Call 509-888-6240 or visit the museum to pay for classes.

Join Us For The Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

horsecrazycowgirlThe Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band along with Dave McClure presents a Foggy Dew Western Review with full on cowboy comedy, western music and hilarious family friendly humor at Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Wenatchee. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and tickets $15.00 at door or in advance at the museum.

Since 2000, Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band have produced five award winning albums and performed across the United States and Canada. The group’s latest recording “My Horse Knows The Way Home” hit #2 on the Top 20 Cowboy Western Music Playlist and remained in the Top 20 for 18 months. The band performed for Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, airing on more than 500 NPR, PBS, and Armed Forces Radio stations. Lauralee Northcott leads the charge with frontline bass, throaty vocals, and songwriting prowess. Jennifer Epps brings stirring vocals, yearning Harmonica, and evocative percussion. Judy Coder seamlessly adds award-winning yodeling, vocals, and swing guitar. The blend of three talented musicians creates a sensation and nostalgia that keeps audiences yearning for more.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance on March 23 at Wenatchee Valley Museum. Call 888-6240 for more information or visit www.horsecrazycowgirlband.com.

Explore! An Ecosystem Near You

ImageKids can explore the web of life from 9 a.m. to noon, March 31-April 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Visiting experts and museum staff lead this exciting class for kids in grades 3-5 featuring walking field trips, art lessons, and science experiments. 

“We want kids to really understand ecosystems including the one they are part of,” said museum education coordinator Selina Danko. 

Students will build a terrarium, create a doomsday vault, clone a plant, build a mini-greenhouse, study leaf pigments and conduct a plant-feeding experiment during the four-day class.

Daily walking tours feature Wenatchee’s urban landscape and river areas. Students will examine mud near the riverbank in search of footprints left behind by nocturnal animals. Water samples from different areas of the river will be collected for microscopic study.

“We will draw, paint, walk and conduct experiments while learning to use all of our senses to learn about the world around us,” Danko said. “This class will be loads of fun.”

Cost of the program is $20 per day for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. To attend all week, cost is $70 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Call 509-888-6240 or visit the museum to pay for classes.

Dora Tibbets: Homesteader and Women’s Rights Pioneer

Cashmere was still Old Mission and Chelan County was yet to be named when Dora Tibbits and her husband Milton carved a living from their Dryden homestead in the early 1900s. With land on both sides of the Wenatchee River, their property existed in both Kittitas and Okanogan counties.

“It surely is a nuisance,” Tibbits writes of her thoughts of the governmental divide and the efforts to form a new county. “I suppose the old mossbacks are still in the majority, and can’t be convinced that the increased value of their land would more than make up for the extra taxes necessary to make a separate county of this valley.”

Tibbits is one of five historical figures featured Feb. 22 during the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s People of Our Past program.

While Tibbits was busy with the chores of ranch life, she still had time to bend her husband’s ear when it came to local politics and the stubborn holdouts against the formation of Chelan County.

“What dolts they are,” Tibbits writes in her memoir Reminiscences of a Ranch Woman. “I wish women could vote — I’d get out and rustle them all to the polls, and we’d win the day. Women are not so pig-headed as men and can be convinced more easily to modern methods.”

Tibbits, portrayed by Kathy Smithson, is one of five historical North Central Washington characters presented by the museum this winter. The rest of the lineup includes Wenatchee industry builder and pioneer E.T. Pybus, portrayed by Don Collins; Wenatchee First Citizen John A. Gellatly, portrayed by Marv Gellatly; railroad baron James J. Hill, portrayed by Bill Murray; and Colockum-area mail-order bride Nellie Cox, played by Sue Lawson.

Each actor will perform three times during the day with a culminating evening meet-and-greet gala starting at 6 p.m. Performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are by donation. Tickets for the evening event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and include historically themed heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, live music and a chance to mingle with the characters following the performance.

For more information about the People of Our Past program, contact Selina Danko at 888-6240 or sdanko@wvmcc.org.

James J. Hill: Railroad Magnate and Wenatchee Visionary

jjhill“Work, hard work, intelligent work, and then more work,” was the mantra of railroad magnate James J. Hill. A hands-on detailed obsessed manager, Hill refused to believe the arid lands of Wenatchee could not be developed into bountiful orchards.

Hill’s faith in the future prosperity of the valley was so strong that he worked with local leaders to buy up development companies crucial to bringing water to a parched land. By 1905, 30,000 acres of orchards were producing fruit for transport on Hill’s Great Northern Railway line.

Hill, one of the historical figures featured Feb. 22 during the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s People of Our Past program, was so respected that a brand of apples was named after him.

The influence of the gilded age railroad baron on the local economy did not escape the notice of prominent citizen and newspaper publisher Rufus Woods who warned: “Fruit men are not always going to get through by leaving it all to God and the Great Northern.”

“The Great Northern was not the first railroad company to lay tracks in the area, but Hill made sure his were the tracks that counted,” said museum education coordinator Selina Danko. “His insistence on building a line with the shortest distance, lowest grades and least curvature won the day for the Great Northern.”

Hill, portrayed by Bill Murray, is one of five historical North Central Washington characters presented by the museum this winter. The rest of the lineup includes Wenatchee industry builder and pioneer E.T. Pybus, portrayed by Don Collins; Dryden pioneer rancher and author Dora Tibbits, portrayed by Kathy Smithson; civic leader John A. Gellatly, portrayed by Marv Gellatly; and Colockum-area mail-order bride Nellie Cox played by Sue Lawson.

Each actor will perform three times during the day with a culminating evening meet-and-greet gala starting at 6 p.m. Performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are by donation. Tickets for the evening event are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and include historically themed heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, live music and a chance to mingle with the characters following the performance.

For more information about the People of Our Past program, contact Selina Danko at 888-6240 or sdanko@wvmcc.org.