The Palouse

MAC 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition

A homesteader wrote of the Palouse in the 1880s: "Its beauty was wild and untrammeled and the undulating hills were covered with luxuriant grasses." Bunchgrasses and wildflowers created a lush meadow, or Palouse Prairie, in this corner of southeastern Washington and adjacent Idaho. Camas, an important staple in the Plateau Indian diet, was once so dense that early explorers mistook its masses of blue flowers for water. The prairie's colors change with the seasons, from brown to green to gold, and its deep loess soil makes it one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.

MAC 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition is told on the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture campus in Spokane's Browne's Addition, with additional highlights at 15 sites in Spokane and eastern Washington. The exhibit experience (February 22, 2014 - January 2016) weaves stories and programs about Inland Northwest people, places and events by capitalizing on the MAC's extraordinary collection.

Spokane Historical presents 15 regional and city tours in partnership with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and its 100 Stories exhibition.

See also Tour 11: Waypoints in the Palouse