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Spring 2014 Vol. 23 Issue 2yakimavalleymuseum.org Your View of the Valley Begins Here
A Variety of Exhibits for Everyone, pages 2-3 Collections Enjoyed Near and Far, pages 4-5 Museum Soda Fountain, page 6 Journeys With John, page 7 Annual Fund Drive, page 7
Blossom Festival, page 8 Explore Central Washington, page 8 Review of USO Show, page 10
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ON EXHIBITSON EXHIBITS
By Andy Granitto, Curator of Exhibitions
A Variety of Exhibits for EveryoneTwo new exhibits opened in winter of 2014, and one more will open shortly after the publication of this newsletter. All three exhibits deal with local history, yet they are very different from one anotheran exhibit on military history, an exhibit of regional art, and an exhibit on Sasquatch (yes, Sasquatch is local history!).
Yakima Serves, the most recent addition to the Yakima Is exhibits that will ring the Neon Gar-den in the upper galleries, explores the connec-tions between the Yakima Valley and U.S. military efforts since the Civil War. It opened on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The exhibit offers stories of of-ficers who served at Fort Simcoe in the 1850s and returned east to fight in the Civil War, on both sides. Exceptional soldiers who received Orders of the Purple HeartJohn Sawyer in WWI, Don Larson in WWII, and Fred Redmon in the Korean Warare featured, along with many other Yakima Valley fighting men and women who earned decoration and distinction. In addition to stories of people, the exhibit tells of local institutions that contributed to war efforts, such as the McAllister School of Flight, Perry Technical College, and Central Aircraft Standard Aviation Products, which combined to make Yakima a center of aviation training and technology during WWII.
The exhibit displays only a small percentage of the mu-seums military artifacts and memorabilia. Of the over 1,000 military objects in the museum collections, 150 are included in Yakima Serves. In years to come, we will rotate new ob-jects into the exhibit and return others to collection storage, where they can be conserved and researched.
The most noteworthy artifact that will be added to the ex-hibit is Yakimas iconic Colonel, the statue of Col. John J. Weisenberger, who led Company E of Yakima in the Spanish-American War. The 100-year-old sandstone statue presently stands at the intersection of Naches and Yakima Avenues in downtown Yakima, where it is slowly eroding and falling apart. Once the necessary funds are raised to replace him with an exact replica in bronze, the Colonel will be moved to his new home at the center of Yakima Serves, where he can be preserved for future generations.
Allied Artworks is a small exhibition of art from the collections at Allied Arts of Yakima, an arts organization that will be closing its doors after fifty years of offering art work-
shops, youth programs and gallery shows for the Yakima community. Allied Artworks a diverse selection of artwork collected since its founding in 1964honors the legacy of Yakimas Allied Arts. The exhibit will be on view until mid-summer or longer.
Sasquatch is Coming!
When Yakima residents Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin released their famous film of Bigfoot in 1967, a cultural phenomenonand a scientific mysterywas born. Although its veracity has been questioned, the Patterson/Gimlin film is just one of countless sightings and encounters that have been reported for centuries. But never had the creature been captured on film, and public interest in Bigfootor Sasquatchhas continued to grow ever since.
The exhibit Sasquatch Revealedat the Yakima Val-ley Museum from April 5, 2014 through December 27, 2014was compiled and curated by Christopher Mur-phy for the Museum of Vancouver (BC, Canada). It has since traveled to the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries (now the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore), the Pocatello Museum of Natural History (Idaho), the Yale Historic Site Museum (Yale, BC), and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Wasco County Historical Museum (The Dalles, Oregon) before arriving in Yakima.
The exhibit explores the many facets of what Murphy describes as a cultural phenomenon on the fringes of science. Some believe Sasquatch to be mythical, while others believe it is an elusive hominid relative of homo sapiens and other higher primates. Whether real or fictional, there is a deep history of Sasquatch lore throughout human culture. The exhibit addresses ancient legends from North America and Asia (where it is known as Yeti or the abomi-nable snowman) as well as recent evidence and sightings. Anatomical models, skeletal comparisons, and dozens of casts of Sasquatch foot-prints will be displayed, along with stories of well-known Sasquatch proponents and witnesses. It is appropriate that this exhibit is presented in Yakima, the hometown of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin.
Coordinated with this exhibit, Yakima Valley Museum will present Summer of Sasquatch, a series of public programs, including lectures, films, and other activities that will intrigue, educate, and entertain both children and adults.
Yakima Serves celebrates our valley's contributions to U.S. military efforts.
Allied Artworks offers a variety of local and regional
art collected by Allied Arts of Yakima.
A selection of objects from the exhibit Sasquatch Revealed.
At the top is a frame from the famous Patterson/Gimlin film, taken in 1967 in Bluff Creek, California.
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By Mike Siebol, Curator of Collections
COLLECTIONS Through the Keyhole
Yakima Valley Museum Collections Enjoyed Near and Far!
One of the first donations of 2014 was made by Stan Hughes. This is a collection of 132 butterflies housed in three cases. Stan collected and prepared each speci-men, he also included labels that identify when and where each butterfly was found. The butterflies were collected from May to August of 1987 in many areas, in-cluding Chinook Pass, Satus Pass, Cottonwood Creek, Goose-egg Rock Bog, Upper Priest Dam, Bethal Ridge, Toppenish Wildlife Refuge, Tieton Meadows, and Pleas-ant Valley. The collection includes Swallowtails (Fam-ily Papilionidae), Woody Nymphs (Family Satyridae), Tailed Hairstreaks (Family Lycaenidae), and Greater Fritillaries (Family Nymphalidae) among many others. I contacted the Master Gardeners of Yakima County to find someone to identify the butterflies that were identi-fied. Dr. Michael Bush, an entomologist with Washington State University Extensions and Yakima County Master Gardeners, has agreed to help the museum with this project. This collection of butterflies allows the Yakima Valley Museum to expand its collection of natural history specimens of the Valley and preserve a record of these species, in addition there is now the potential for a future exhibition featuring these beautiful butterflies.
Over the past 60 years, artifacts from the Yakima Val-ley Museum's collections have been enjoyed by hun-dreds of thousands of people. Guests to the museum enjoy the artifacts on display. I find that our visitors are amazed at the amount and quality of artifacts our muse-um has to offer in its permanent and special exhibitions. We have more than 5,000 artifacts and natural history specimens on constant display, and we are continu-ally adding more objects to the exhibits. However, the majority of our collections remain in storage and are not accessible to the public, except by appointment. And, of course, people who do not come to the Yakima Val-ley, can't visit our museum. Therefore, the museum is tasked with finding multiple ways to share its collection with as many people as possible.
Another way the museum shares its collection is by loaning pieces to other museums. During the past ten years the museum has loaned objects to the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK), Maryhill Museum of Art (Goldendale, WA), Tamstslikt Cultural Institute (Pendleton, OR), Museum of Art at Washington State University (Pullman, WA), Yakima Regional Hospital, Yaki-ma-Tieton Irrigation District, William O. Douglas Federal Building (Yakima), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (Spokane, WA), Foss Waterway Seaport and Working Waterfront Maritime Museum (Tacoma, WA), White River Museum (Auburn, WA), Columbia River Exhibition, of His-tory, Science & Technology (Richland, WA), and the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (Seattle, WA).
In February alone, the museum loaned two significant items for special exhibits. The Autry National Center in Los Angeles borrowed a ca.1900 Yakama beaded vest for their exhibit Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork. The exhibit opened on March 15 and will extend through April 26, 2015. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon is organizing a major retrospec-tive exhibition of art by Ellensburg artist Dick Elliott. Their exhibition, Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op, will open on May 31 and extend through August 24, 2014. For
the exhibition, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art borrowed the museums reflector art piece titled "Meditation Series #18-2-58." It is one of Dick Elliotts wife, Jane Orlemans, favorite pieces; she is excited for it to be a part of the show. Jane has kindly loaned another piece of Dick Elliotts work titled 18-3-60" to take the place of "Meditation Series #18-2-58" at the Yakima Val-ley Museum during this time.
The more we share the collections of the Yakima Valley Museum with other institutions, the more people are able to experience our arti-facts. Weve