Experience living history at Sacajawea Historical State Park

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Hear about the challenging lives of the trappers and traders at the mountain man encampment. Photo by Randy Kirkbride © 2015.

Sept. 25, 2019

If you are a history lover, chances are you’ve daydreamed about going back in time to talk to people from the past.

Why not try the next best thing?

Witness the past up close and personal this weekend at Sacajawea Historical State Park’s Heritage Days!

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Celebrate the rich indigenous culture of the Columbia Plateau through programs and demonstrations by Umatilla, Yakama and Wanapum artists, dancers and educators. Photo by Randy Kirkbride,© 2018.

For more than 10,000 years, the present-day site of Sacajawea Historical State Park has been a gathering place, hub of commerce and nexus of cultural exchange for the people of the Columbia Plateau and beyond.

In mid-October of 1805, the Corps of Discovery camped at the confluence on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Through their journals we get a first-hand view into the region’s vibrant past. Heritage Days celebrates these legacies through fun, hands-on experiences for all ages. The event is put on by the Friends of Sacajawea State Park and brings together exhibitors from across the region.

2015 Heritage Days Reenactor
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Living History Interpreters bring the adventures of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to life with demonstrations, talks and reenactments. Photo on left by Randy Kirkbride, © 2017.

Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery as you explore the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. Learn about the daily lives of fur traders, mountain people and pioneers through reenactments and enjoy the living traditions of the region’s native peoples through song, music, storytelling and dance.

The history does not stop there! Heritage Days at Sacajawea is a full day of fun and learning in a beautiful setting. Drop by the park’s Interpretive Center, built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. Explore displays detailing the park’s history from the the native peoples of the Columbia Plateau to the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Daughters of the Pioneers, who deeded the park in 1927.

Then, wander over to the seven Story Circles, an installation by world-renowned artist Maya Lin for the Confluence Project, which follows the Corps’ journey and legacy through art. Contemplate not only history of the people who touched this place, but the flora, fauna and the land itself, which was shaped by Ice Age Floods.

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Heritage Days Event Schedule 

Where: 
Sacajawea Historical State Park
2503 Sacajawea Park Road
Pasco, WA 99301
(Driving directions) 

When: 
Friday, Sept. 27, 3 - 5:  p.m.
Discover Pass required to park

Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
State Parks free day - no Discover Pass required

Presentations by the Yakama Warriors honor the courage and sacrifice of warriors and soldiers past and present. Photo byf Randy Kirkbride, © 2016.

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We are saddened to inform you of Sharon Stewart’s passing on July 9. 

If you're familiar with Heritage Days and the Sacajawea Historical State Park, you likely know that Sharon was a major force behind this event and also a regular fixture at the park's interpretive center. 

Sharon was a stalwart volunteer and very active with the Friends of Sacajawea State Park and many other state parks throughout her life. She leaves a tremendous legacy, and we miss her! More about Sharon's life is available here