Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604Clara Dickinson-McQuary, (509) 337-6457
OLYMPIA – Sept. 18, 2017 – The Friends of Sacajawea State Park, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program and numerous co-sponsors invite the public to experience living history at Heritage Days in Sacajawea Historical State Park, near Pasco.The Heritage Days celebration is open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Sacajawea Historical State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Rd., Pasco. (Directions)Through live, interactive presentations and demonstrations, Heritage Days attendees can experience the day-to-day life of fur traders, mountain men, pioneers, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and more. Representatives, storytellers and dancers from the Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation also will be on hand to discuss Native American life and culture in the region, both past and present.Attendees can explore more than 35 history-focused learning stations at the site where the Corps of Discovery camped more than 200 years ago and learn about the park through the ages, from the Ice Age Floods more than 13,000 years ago, to its emergence as a recreational spot, when the Daughters of the Pioneers were deeded the park in 1927.Visitors also can enjoy a variety of foods and bid on a silent auction for the original drawing selected for the Heritage Days poster. This year’s poster is original art created by Lizeth Luna, a 2017 graduate of Chiawana High School in Pasco. The Friends of Sacajawea State Park awarded Luna a $300 scholarship for her artwork.
Admission to Heritage Days is free. On Sept. 29, visitors will need an annual $30 Discover Pass or a $10 daily pass for vehicle access. Sept. 30, is a ‘free day’ in all Washington State Parks. In recognition of National Public Lands Day—no Discover Pass or daily pass will be needed.For more information about Heritage Days, contact Sharon Stewart at (509) 366-1272, or visit the Friends of Sacajawea State Park website.About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks ProgramThe Native American demonstrations at the Heritage Days celebration are part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at Deborah.Fant@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8635.
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