Published: Jan. 27, 2012
America is a nation founded on journeys. From the time the first people walked across the Bering Strait to Alaska to the landing of the Mayflower; from the unspeakable horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave ships, to westward migration and the forced resettlement of Native Americans; from covered wagons to the transcontinental railways; and from the interstate highway system to flying the friendly skies, we have been a people in transit.
Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) will host Journey Stories, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that explores America’s continuing wanderlust and its effect on everything from commerce to civil rights. The exhibit runs from January 28 to March 11, with a special opening reception on Thursday, February 2, at 5:00 p.m. featuring refreshments and live music from Mariachi Estrella de Mexico.
Our transportation history is more than trains, boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom. Journey Stories will examine the intersection between modes of travel and Americans’ desire to feel free to move. The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom.
In conjunction with Journey Stories, the MCE is hosting two companion exhibits. The first one, In My Shoes: Stories about Life, Told from the Bottom Up, features stories and artwork from Kittitas county residents and will be on exhibit from January 28 to June 3.
The second is Cruisin’ the Washington State Fossil Freeway, a traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum that explores the fossil record in Washington State. The exhibit is based on a children’s book written by Colorado paleontologist Kirk Johnson, and illustrated by Alaskan artist Ray Troll. Cruisin’ the Washington State Fossil Freeway will be on exhibit from February 2 to April 14.
There will also be a series of events connected with Journey Stories that will run through March.
Journey Stories is a Museum on Main Street (MOMS) exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. MOMS serves small-town museums and their patrons, and allows these museums to showcase their strengths.
The MCE is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission to the museum is free and it is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.