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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

October 28, 2008


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620




Veterans DAY, NOVEMBER 11

Goldendale, Washington --- Maryhill Museum of Art is celebrating our veterans this year on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.  Veterans are invited to visit the museum and the Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial nearby.  Admission is free for veterans.

The museum encourages veterans to wear a hat to identify their branch of service.  At 3 p.m. there will be a reception for veterans who visit the museum.

"Sam Hill honored those who served their country throughout his life," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director, "The board, staff and volunteers at Maryhill want to continue this tradition by offering veterans an opportunity to visit the museum for free."

Veterans are encouraged to also visit the nation's first World War I memorial, Stonehenge Memorial, and the Klickitat County Veterans Memorial at what was the original Maryhill town site, just east of junction between Washington Route 14 and US Route 97. The memorials are open daily 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.

Built by Sam Hill, Stonehenge Memorial honors the young men from Klickitat County who gave their lives for their country in World War I.  Inspired by England's Neolithic Stonehenge, it is a full-scale replica made of steel-reinforced cast concrete, sited and oriented so that it would work like its namesake.  Maryhill Museum's Stonehenge Memorial is the first monument in our nation to honor the dead of World War I. A Quaker pacifist, Hill was mistakenly informed that the original Stonehenge had been used as a sacrificial site by Druids. He re-created the original Neolithic monument as a memorial to remind all that "humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war."

Adjacent is the Klickitat County Veterans Memorial built in 1995 to honor those men and women from Klickitat County who died in the service of their country since World War I.  The memorial is graced with native plants of the region, and was built with the support of veterans from Klickitat County including Klickitat County Veterans Association and Legion American Louis Leidl Post 116 of Goldendale, Washington.

The site is also the location of Hill's historic Maryhill town site, the remains of which can still be seen today. Here Hill planned to establish the heart of his Quaker farming community. Several buildings that once existed at the site, including the famous Meadowlark Inn, burned in 1958.

Last chance to see Warhol exhibit at Maryhill.  Among the exhibits to explore, is the museum's highly popular exhibit, Andy Warhol and Other Famous Faces, from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation.  At the museum until November 15, the exhibit features Warhol portraits of Jimmy Carter, Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Warhol isn't the only big name in the show, which also includes portraits by other famous American artists as well.

Experience the Enchantment: About Maryhill Museum of Art.  Perched on a stunning 5,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of artwork that ranges from early 20th century European works to Native American objects.  This award-winning museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940.  Outside the museum is an Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Lewis and Clark interpretive panels and a life-sized replica of Stonehenge.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. Visit for more information.

Effective September 8, 2008 -- Travel Advisory: Bridge work on the US97-Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Bridge began again September 8 this year. The bridge is expected to be closed to traffic through the end of the year, and possibly into January or February of 2009. During this period, travelers to Maryhill have a choice of routes that cross the Columbia River and intersect with Highway 14. From the west, the closest route is US 197, crossing The Dalles Bridge, approximately 24 miles to the museum. From the east, the closest is I-82/US 395, crossing the Umatilla Bridge, approximately 91 miles to the museum. Travelers from the north, including those traveling south on US 97, will have no problem accessing Highway 14. Current information about the status of the bridge repair can be found on the website of the Washington State Department of Transportation:

Photography Maryhill Museum's Stonehenge Memorial.

For a 300 dpi resolution photo click here.



Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733
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