New Heritage Barn exhibit installed; grand opening set
The new exhibit inside the recently completed Community Heritage Barn is set to be unveiled with a Grand Opening reception from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 30.
The barn and its exhibit, titled “Hope and Hard Work: The Story of Our Farms and Food,” are the latest additions to the Quincy Heritage Park at 415 F St. SW, along Highway 28, in Quincy.
“Hope and Hard Work” examines the story of agriculture in the Quincy Valley, chronicling 100 years of farming dedication and innovation.
Through static exhibits, interactive pieces, art and video, the exhibit portrays an agricultural tradition that began in the late 1800s and is shaped by the Columbia Basin Project, providing water to grow our food, according to a press release. Individual stories are featured, as well as connections made to food processing and agri-business.
The exhibit was curated by Chris Fiala Erlich, of Gig Harbor, who has won state and national awards for her designs over the past decade. A central theme of the design is the connection between the food visitors eat and the work of local farmers and farmworkers, highlighting the vision, planning and hard work that makes the garden in the desert grow.
A technology piece is also being developed using augmented reality by Workshop 3D, in Seattle, with input and stories by local high school students. This will add a high-tech and fun piece to the exhibit, enhancing the stories and giving visitors a personal guide at various points, according to a press release.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from Friday, April 5, through Saturday, May 11, on Friday and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., then again during the summer months. Check the Facebook page of Quincy Valley Historical Society or call 509-787-4685 for exact schedule. Closings are possible due to advance private bookings.
The exhibit is made possible by the W.E. & Millie Jones Charitable Trust, Microsoft Tech Spark and numerous donors and volunteers of the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum.