Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center
The interpretive center began with the desire to save an old Forest Service fire lookout, by bringing it down from the mountains to an accessible spot along a well-traveled highway. In 1990, Nancy Belt, an assistant fire dispatcher for the Wenatchee National Forest, planted the seed for the project by earning a grant from the Forest Service to study the feasibility of the idea. As she gathered information and support for her proposal, the idea grew into much broader dream. With time and exposure, a foundation was formed and the vision expanded to that of a world-class fire interpretive center that would interpret the ecological role of fire and showcase the interactions of people with fire. With strong public support, the concept has flared to reality as the Columbia breaks Fire Interpretive Center continues to develop.
Kittitas County Fairgrounds
The Kittitas County Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the State of Washington. Since the first fair was held on the outskirts of Ellensburg in 1886, fairgoers have returned again and again to visit the fine arts and photography, youth crafts, and 4H/FFA agricultural and livestock exhibitions. The Kittitas County Fair offers great food, exciting carnival rides and games, a step into the past in Frontier Village, and the Ellensburg Rodeo. Thanks in part to a Heritage Capital Projects grant from the Washington State Historical Society, the Kittitas Valley Event Center provides a unique venue that can accommodate everything from a small, private meeting to a public exhibition, equestrian or livestock event.
Maryhill Museum of Art
In 1907, Samuel Hill purchased 5,300 acres of land along the Columbia River with the dream of establishing a Quaker farming community. He formed the Maryhill Land Company, named after his daughter, and set about building a town. In 1914, work began on a hilltop mansion that was to be Hill’s home. But the remote location of Maryhill and the lack of irrigation proved insurmountable. In 1917, Hill instead turned his would-be mansion into a museum of art which opened to the public on May 13, 1940. Thanks in part to a Heritage Capital Projects grant from the Washington State Historical Society, the Maryhill Museum of art will remain one of the Pacific Northwest’s most fascinating cultural
Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the Columbia Basin and celebrating the works of regional artists. It is a not-for-profit institution supported by the City of Moses Lake and museum members. Originally founded as the Adam East Museum in 1958, the museum is home to the Adam East Collection of Native American artifacts, local history exhibits, a fine art gallery, museum store and a giant Columbian Mammoth metal sculpture. Thanks in part to a Heritage Capital Projects grant from the Washington State Historical Society, the people of Washington’s Columbia Basin will
continue to have a place to find history, heritage and culture all under one roof.
Yakima Valley Museum
The Yakima Valley Museum, located in beautiful Franklin Park, offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley—its natural history, Plateau cultural objects, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. The museum has a superb collection of horse-drawn vehicles; from stagecoach to hearse, an historical exhibit about former Yakima resident and environmentalist, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and a changing schedule of special exhibitions. Thanks in part to a Heritage Capital Projects grant from the Washington State Historical Society, the Yakima Valley Museum will continue to showcase the natural and cultural history of central Washington.