Our Voice: Let's not say goodbye to CREHST, only see you later

We all have heard that you can't take it with you. That also is true for the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology. CREHST is closing its doors on Jan. 31.

In July, part of the CREHST exhibit will be moved to the new Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. But not all.

The space allotted for the Hanford story at the Reach will be not quite one-third the size of the CREHST.

It's going to be a tough call on what to display.

This really is the end of an era.

Or the beginning of a new one, depending on how you look at it.

The Manhattan Project just reached its 70th anniversary. A lot has happened in 70 years that has contributed to the Hanford story. And the story is not over.

CREHST has been a fun and educational place to go. The knowledgeable and friendly docents always have an inside story to share.

School classes and kids old and young are better informed about what goes on and what has gone on at Hanford because of CREHST.

In truth, however, there is more to the Hanford story than can be told even in the current space at CREHST.

It's a big story.

It is a story that has changed how nations negotiate with one another. How they go to war. How they defend their citizens. How we care for the planet. How we power the future.

It's a story about thinkers and builders and politicians and strategists.

It's a story about real people and their lives, hopes and fears.

It's a story that makes you think about possibilities -- and accountabilities.

Like we said, it's a big story.

A person could devote a lifetime to researching the books and articles and letters and memos that ushered in the Atomic Age.

And Richland is smack in the middle of it.

It is very much our story, and it is unfinished. We still are a part of it.

CREHST couldn't tell it all. The Reach will be able to tell less of it. And that's the next chapter -- looking to the future.

Any time someone tells a story, it is colored by the lens of the storyteller. It is also limited by space and budget and time.

There is a lot of Hanford history that could be told in museum format. And much of it is unique to our area.

If you've been to CREHST, you've had a slice of a very rich history. If you haven't been to CREHST -- or if you want to go one last time -- don't wait.

If you want to get one more look at the full CREHST display, you have less than a week to make that happen.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

More information is available online at www.crehst.org.