Maryhill Receives NEA Grant For Highway Celebration Efforts

Maryhill Museum of Art has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support programs that are part of this year’s Historic Columbia River Highway centennial celebrations.    Maryhill Museum of Art’s founder Sam Hill, along with engineer Sam Lancaster, convinced the Oregon Legislature to support construction of the highway, arguing that it would help the state “cash in year after year on its scenic beauty without depleting it in any way.”  To mark the centennial of this remarkable road and educate the public about Hill’s role in its development, Maryhill has planned numerous activities.           The exhibition Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway, featuring early photos of the highway and its construction has been extended through 2016, and this fall the museum will present The Historic Columbia River Highway through the Eyes of Young Artists, featuring work by regional students.

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