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Lots to see and learn about at Yakima Valley Museum

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On exhibit at the Yakima Valley Museum is the "Land of Joy and Sorrows," a look back at Japanese families living in the Yakima Valley in the 1930s and 40s before being interred during WWII. Pictured is the Hide family, formerly of Toppenish, making Mochi with granite.

YAKIMA - There are many learning opportunities at the Yakima Valley Museum, including the Land of Joy and Sorrows exhibit.

The exhibit showcases memorabilia of Japanese families from the Yakima Valley who were interred during World War II. Displayed are several pieces that were stored for safekeeping at the Buddhist Temple in Wapato. White neighbors tended the items while the Japanese families were at internment camps.

The exhibit is a tender and heart-wrenching reminder of the era, packed with information about the Japanese community of the 1930s and 40s.

The collaboration between the Yakima Valley Museum and the Japanese is also a partnership for planning a Japanese-American memorial. The museum is the archival storage place of the memorabilia and community members are urged to learn about the history of these families.

Also on exhibit through Dec. 31, 2011 is the Head Over Heels Over Heels display, featuring hundreds of pairs of shoes of all shapes and colors from the collection of David Childs. The display is an exhibit of shoe fashions throughout American history.

At the museum children also have learning opportunities provided for them at the Children's Underground. The educational, hands-on area provides youngsters the opportunity to learn about local history through exploration and constructive play.

In addition, the Yakima Valley Museum will host its final Yakima Valley Folklife Association concert for the season tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is a tribute to St. Patrick's Day, featuring "The New Schilling," a Celtic band that has toured many countries and opened for the Chieftons. This Irish band will bring the true Irish spirit to the Yakima Valley.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Folklife members, $10 for students, and children under the age of five will be admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the Yakima Valley Museum.

The Folklife Association is also sponsoring a Brown Bag Concert Series at the Seasons Performance Hall, located at 101 N. Naches Ave., at noon on Fridays.

Next Friday, March 18, Anne Schilperoort, Joe Brooks and Daniel Lipori will perform works by C.M. Von Weber and Beethoven on the clarinet and bassoon. The following Friday, March 25, Vox Nova will be the featured concert performer. Performing will be Rob Rife, a Celtic tenor.

Tickets are $5, students will be admitted free of charge.

For more opportunities provided by the Yakima Valley Museum call 509-457-9810 or visit online at yakimavalleymuseum.org.

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