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Posted on: September 19, 2019

‘Heritage Days’ brings living history to Sacajawea Historical State Park

Enjoy historic re-enactments, demonstrations, storytelling and more 

OLYMPIA – Sept. 19, 2019 – The Friends of Sacajawea State Park, Washington State’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program and numerous co-sponsors invite the public to experience living history during Heritage Days at Sacajawea Historical State Park, near Pasco.

The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Sacajawea Historical State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Rd., Pasco. (Driving directions) Admission is free, and Saturday is a free State Parks day — people will not need to display a Discover Pass. On Friday, Sept. 27, Heritage Days welcomes area school group field trips early in the day. The public may attend the Friday event from 4 to 5 p.m.

Through live, interactive presentations and learning stations, Heritage Days will give attendees a glimpse of the cultural and natural history of the area including:

  • Ice Age Floods from more than 13,000 years ago.
  • Native American storytelling and dancing from members of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
  • The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition of more than 200 years ago.
  • Day-to-day life of fur traders, mountain people and pioneers.
  • Daughters of the Pioneers, who deeded the park in 1927.

For more information about Heritage Days, visit the Friends of Sacajawea State Park website.

Folk and Traditional Arts Program
The 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 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: or contact Makaela Kroin, Program Coordinator, at makaela, or 360-902-8635.

Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, State Parks Communications Office, (360) 902-8604
Mary Keffer, Interpretive Specialist, (509) 520-4013


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

 News release number: 19-075

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