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Discovery Center Holiday Open House set Dec. 6

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House and Community Appreciation Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Celebrate the holidays with free museum admission all day, complimentary cookies and hot cider, visits with Santa and live holiday music. Enjoy store discounts all day, and an optional Mexican food buffet, in honor of our traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program.”

All exhibits are free to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in appreciation for all the community does for the organization.

Live holiday music will be featured from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring the Cascade Singers, TDHS Harmonaires, Jazz Band, Take Two, Harmony of the Gorge, and Everlasting. Complimentary cookies and cider refreshments will be available. Bring your kids and grandkids for a visit and a photo with Santa from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

Finish your holiday shopping with a 20% discount all day on all items in the Columbia River Trading Company and complimentary gift wrapping. A drawing for a free Gift Basket give-away will take place at the end of the day. In conjunction with the new bilingual Smithsonian exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest,” a taco bar lunch will be available for $14.95 in the Basalt Rock Café from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” offers the history of what eventually became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history.

The braceros saved American agriculture during the war years. Yet to this day, those hundreds of thousands of men are given little recognition.

The Braceros program gave farmers much-needed workers, provided braceros with social and economic opportunities and increased the nation's ability to wage war. But it also brought suffering and exploitation.

The exhibit provides photographic images as well as oral histories, and is presented in Spanish as well as English.

For information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1. The museum is open daily the rest of the year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

, 7 days a week. The museum is on winter hours for the Live Raptor Program, now weekends only, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open during regular museum hours. You never have to pay admission to visit the museum store. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058. For information, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or visit


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