“Black Impact Opens at the High Desert Museum”

“Black Impact Opens at the High Desert Museum”

Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences deepen their understanding of the region's arts, culture, history and natural sciences through the presentation and interpretation of visual art exhibits, historical artifacts, living history performances and wildlife encounters. This February the High Desert Museum will open Black Impact: African American History in the West. 

Supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust this exhibit will explore the role of African-Americans in the settlement and development of the American West in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Working with the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, Oregon African American Museum, the Maxville Heritage Interpretative Center, the High Desert Museum curated this exhibit through discussions, advising, artifact loans and creation of exhibit programming. Idaho Black History Museum and the California State Railroad Museum are also loaning artifacts. This exhibit opens February 11 and runs through May 20, 2012.

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