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.
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.
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
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Remembering Sharon Stewart
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