History Museum offers full slate of spring and summer programs

After January’s closure, The History Museum of Hood River is back, with activities and exhibits in full swing.

The Native American gifts the museum has received are on exhibit. New display cases donated by the Lions Club display bags, photographs, and numerous other items the museum was given by collectors and tribal groups throughout the Gorge.

“Fire! Eagle Creek 2017” is the main exhibition for the spring and will be available for viewing during March, April, and May. It combines photographs with descriptions of various forest ecosystems and their vulnerability to forest fire.

Dry and wet forest types experience differing burn cycles and growth patterns, making them susceptible to varying seasons and environmental factors such as timber harvests and wildlife management.

The physical exhibit will be paired with a discussion lead by Jerry Franklin, a professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington.

“He’ll put the important elements into perspective with genuine experience to help develop the factual information about forest fires and their burn patterns,” said Lynn Orr, museum director.

“Fire! Eagle Creek 2017” will be available the beginning of March to those “hoping to enhance their understanding of forest ecosystems and the concerns surrounding fires in our community, along with others,” Orr said.

Beginning in April, James Supp, a regular on Antiques Roadshow and expert in appraisal, will be by the museum to give a presentation on antiques, along with his extensive appraisal experience. The date is to be determined, but will be available on the museum’s website, www.hoodriverhistorymuseum.org, as soon as it’s decided.

The final upcoming event will take place on March 28, a day celebrating Minoru Yasui statewide. George Nakata, an internment survivor and friend of Minoru, will present his recollections of his experiences with Minoru, and tell his gripping story.

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