Beacon of Friendship: The Arts and Culture of our Sister City
The Sister City relationship between Wenatchee/East Wenatchee and Misawa, Japan began in 1981. The historic 1931 trans-Pacific flight of the Miss Veedol airplane from Misawa to East Wenatchee, piloted by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, was the common bond between the two cities.
We have filled the gallery with the gifts and materials brought back throughout the years of delegation exchange, as well as a display featuring some of Japan’s iconic culture.
Among the highlights are an interpretation of a Japanese interior, a rock garden, kimonos, and a timeline illustrating the sister city relationship. Notably, there is a series of woodblock prints created in 1847 illustrating the biographies of the 47 Ronin. Visitors are also welcome to view the 2010 PBS documentary “Upside-Down Pangborn: First Across the Pacific” in the gallery. This 58-minute film tells the story of the event that launched the friendship that shrinks the great geographic distance between the two countries.
The exhibit opens to the public Friday, October 7th and will remain through February 11, 2017.