History Museum seeks input on coming exhibits

The History Museum of Hood River County invites the community to participate in some input meetings for new museum exhibits.

As part of the Phase I Renovation project, The History Museum is working with exhibit designer Larry Watson from Ko-Kwow Exhibits and Arts in North Bend, Ore.

The master exhibit plan is under progress at this time. The main display themes have been identified for Phase I and include Native American, Settlers, Timber & Logging, Agriculture, Japanese Culture/World War II Internment, Recreation and Wind Sports, Hood River’s Story and the Luhr Jensen Gallery. Other themes will be expanded or added in Phase II.

While the museum has artifacts to fit most of these topics and themes, the community is invited to join in discussions on “What is the story” that needs to be told in each of these areas.

People who have specific knowledge and information about the themes and stories are invited to come and share.

“The museum board and exhibit team are committed to accurately portraying the stories of each of these areas,” said Connie Nice, museum coordinator. “We value input and ideas from people in the community that will help us make our new displays even better. We’re confident that once we’re done, the museum will be an exciting place that people will want to visit again and again.

“The exhibits are an essential part of the visitor’s experience,” she said. “We’re calling on all loggers, millworkers, windsurfers, kiteboarders and water sports enthusiasts to help us out. Now is your time to get your story told.

“Please join us at one of the community input meetings. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.”

The meetings will be held from 7-8 p.m. on April 26 and May 3, 17 and 24, at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway (behind the Hood River Aquatics Center). Enter through the front doors on the west side of the building.

The April 26 and May 3 meetings will be on the subject of timber and logging, and the May 17 and 24 meetings will cover recreation and wind sports.

For more information contact Nice at 541-386-6772 or thehistorymuseum@hrecn.net.

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