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Revisiting, The Ghosts of Celilo
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm



Please join us in welcoming Marv Ross  on Friday March 9, as he will talk about the storyline of The Ghosts of Celilo while showing excerpts of the play.  He’ll share the challenges faced in creating an original Native musical based on true stories from the Columbia River and will revisit the message that “When one culture diminishes another culture… both cultures are diminished..”

On March 10, 1957, the massive steel and concrete floodgates of  the new, The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River closed and within hours Celilo Falls, approximately 13 miles upstream, disappeared beneath the rising waters.

In 2007 Marv Ross, Thomas Morning Owl, and Tom Hampson created a powerful musical based on true stories from the Columbia River.  The Ghosts of Celilo tells of three children’s quest to escape a boarding school and catch their ceremonial first salmon before their home is destroyed by the rising waters behind a dam. The play was presented as part of the 50-year observance of the inundation of Celilo Falls by The Dalles Dam in 1957 and was performed again in 2011.

The play went on to win a total of 11 PAMTA awards (Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards) including best production and best original song and script. Fourteen Native American actors were in the show.

Marv Ross is best known for the five Billboard top-40 songs he wrote in the 80’s that he and his wife, Rindy, sang with Quarterflash. “Harden My Heart” was their biggest hit and they received both gold and platinum albums during that decade and recorded 4 albums. He also wrote the musical “Voices From The Oregon Trail” for the sesquicentennial of the trail in ’93 and that work won an ASCAP award. (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

Tickets for the dinner are $15, the program is free. The dinner menu is a Pasta Bar.


Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society General Meeting @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The next general meeting and program for CGGS will be March 10, 2018  in the downstairs meeting room at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30.

This months program will be ” Reviewing Updated Genealogical Websites” and will be led by Linda Colton and Georga Foster. The purpose of the program is to update important information about popular genealogical research sites that have changed in content, format or information.  Among the websites that will be covered are Find-A-Grave, Ancestry, RootsWeb and  FamilySearch .  An important change in Family Tree Maker will also be presented.

Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and Bring A Friend! Our general meeting/programs are open to the public and a recommended  $1.00 donation to defray room rental costs is gladly excepted.

Annual Membership Meeting 2018 @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Doors open on Friday March 16, 2018  for our Annual CGDC Membership Meeting.
Reservations are required by March 14 by calling 541.296.8600 ext. 201

Not a member yet? What a great (one of many) reasons to join now!

You will enjoy our latest exhibit “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” with Kathy Deggendorfer who is the first speaker of the evening at 7:15 and listen to our second speaker Washington County historian Judy Goldmann at 7:30 as she talks about her famed ancestor, the mountain man and first Oregon marshal, Joseph L. Meek.

A no-host beer and wine bar is open at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:15 pm in the River Galley.The dinner menu is a fresh Mexican dinner with chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, black bean and corn salad, along with green salad plus dessert. Election of officers is at seven followed by our honored speakers.

This is a free event for all of our members and if you haven’t renewed yours lately it’s not too late to do so now and join the fun evening out.

New Exhibit – Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 17 all-day

Help us in welcoming spring as we present a new art exhibit on March 17 in the Ernest A. Kuck Wing.  We will be showcasing over 40 pieces of Kathy’s artwork, from her collection: Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer. This exhibit features vibrant watercolors that depict agricultural production in the state of Oregon.

Part of Oregon’s agricultural success stems from diverse habitats that support a broad range of plants and animals: fruits and nuts blossom in the valley; fish flourish in the waterways; and livestock thrive in the state of Oregon. The people working the land learn its nuances in order to provide healthy and sustainable resources for their communities and beyond.

Kathy Deggendorfer is a self-taught artist based in Sisters, Oregon. She traveled throughout Oregon, met farmers and ranchers and learned about their successes and challenges. The exhibition is a colorful representation of her travels and allows us a chance to recognize the achievements of family farmers. Join us as we take a closer look at Oregon’s bounty and support our local food movement.

The new exhibit is included in your general admission price for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Learn more about Kathy Deggendorfer as she speaks about her about her “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” in this video.

Earth Science Rocks! Wineries & Soils in the Gorge @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 17 @ 10:30 pm – 4:00 pm

What could be more fun for an Earth Science aficionado then exploring soils, climate, and geology and how it relates to a luscious sip of a gorgeous wine? Join Steve Carlson on a tour of 3 local wineries on March 17. You will learn about the diverse growing conditions which allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown.

The Columbia Gorge has its own appellation, which means it is a specific growing region for wine grapes. Growing conditions have been compared at The Dalles to Bordeaux, France, and at the Cascade Locks to Burgundy, France all in just 40 miles!

Steve Carlson is a Northwest native and a retired professor of geology. As an excursion leader, he is enthusiastic, informed and will bring new understanding to the beauty of our geologic environment.

The fee is $50 and includes refreshments and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by March 13, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

“I loved going on THREE geology trips with Steve Carlson last year, because I learned a lot and it was really fun! Even the driver was a hoot. These trips are great for people just getting interested in geology and for people who already know something. It’s so great to have a knowledgeable geologist whose been involved in studying and teaching in the Northwest for decades.”  –  Heidi Venture

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Great Balls of Fire, Meteorites Wanted! @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dick Pugh, a world renowned meteorite scientist with the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory in Portland will be at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on March 24, 1 pm to 2 pm. He will be speaking about how to identify meteorites and provide a “meteorite petting zoo” with several meteorites on hand to pick up and handle. This is a unique experience as meteorites are normally behind glass and hands off.

The program is very kid friendly and we encourages anyone who thinks they may have a “special, not of this world rock” to bring it prior to the talk for him to examine for free.  This program is included with Museum admission which for Spring Break March 24 – April 8th admission is free for children with a paid adult.


Climate Change of the Cascades Workshop (Earth Science Rocks! #2) @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rising rivers, extreme temperatures, long term drought. Is this considered Climate Change? 

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Join Steve Carlson, a Northwest native and a retired professor of geology, for a one-day workshop exploring the scientific facts of changing weather and climate pattern of the Cascades and how it may affect our area.  Families are welcome and the workshop is appropriate for middle school age kids to adults. The workshop is from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 21 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum.  The morning session will run from 10 am – 12 pm with the afternoon session 1 pm – 3 pm.

Tickets for this workshop are $25. Pre-Registration is required by Thursday, April 19. You can pre order lunch from our  Basalt Rock Cafe Spring Menu when you arrive or bring your own lunch to enjoy on our grounds.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Please make reservations ASAP.

Class Highlights

Most climate scientists are forecasting that a heating planet will produce more frequent and more intense weather events, but some independent climate experts disagree. Learn how the atmosphere and hydrosphere work by uncovering the fundamental principles of meteorology and oceanography change.

  • Part 1 –  Severe Storms
  • Part 2 – Moisture in the Atmosphere
  • Part 3 – Atmospheric and Oceanographic Pressure systems
  • Part 4 – The global water cycle and its effect on climate change

This is our second Earth Science Rocks! series.  Our next event May 19th,  is a field trip focusing on Climate Change on site here in the Columbia Gorge Region.

Steve Carlson

Steve Carlson, a Northwest native and a retired professor of Earth Science works with the Discovery Center as an excursion leader. Carlson is enthusiastic, informed, and will bring new understanding to the beauty of our geologic environment.

He has worked over 30 years as an educational consultant with NOAA, AMS, and the National Weather Service.  He has taught weather and climate classes to teachers during that time.