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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

June 2015

June 30, 2015

Exhibit: The Griots of Oakland

This multimedia exhibition illuminates the brilliance, beauty, and humanity of African American young men and boys. Positioning them as the storytellers and praise-singers of their communities.

June 28, 2015

The Music of Irving Berlin

Learn about great American composer Irving Berlin's career, compositions and importance in shaping American popular thought in the 20th century. This presentation provides extensive musical excerpts to illustrate five periods of Irving Berlin's musical career. Each musical selection is accompanied by discussion of the historical context and cultural climate of the time.

June 27, 2015

Mark Twain: American Icon

Through his characters and stories, Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map. Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." Mark Twain lived many lifetimes in one, traveled much and entertained multitudes with his particular sense of humor. But that humor was borne on the back of great sorrow and many personal tragedies. He was irreverent, irascible, and had a razor-sharp wit. He is an American icon.

June 24, 2015

In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone

This presentation tells the life story of Daniel Boone by putting his life on the landscape and taking the audience to some of the 85 sites spread across 11 states where the life of America’s pioneer hero is commemorated with markers, monuments, plaques, statues, historic homes and replica forts.

June 22, 2015 to July 11, 2015

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat

About 75% of military work is considered non-combat. These roles rarely make the headlines, but are vital to every military operation. Exploring the non-combat roles of military service personnel, including work as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers, this exhibit showcases an often overlooked but highly relatable side of military life.

June 21, 2015 to June 27, 2015

Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop

The Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (AYWW) is a seven-day residential writing workshop for rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders, and graduating seniors.

June 20, 2015

A Story of Service Throughout the Years

This event supports "The 1011th -A Story of Service Throughout the Years," a project to collect and preserve the images of veterans who served with the 1011th Quartermaster Company, US Army Reserve, during deployments to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

June 19, 2015 to August 15, 2015

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961

R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document aspects of life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race.

June 18, 2015

The Things They Carried Home

Public workshop, led by a preservation consultant, aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve material related to military service.

June 16, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

How did Roosevelt achieve so much? In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a stop in Washington state as part of a 17-city national tour, inspiring thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. The wilderness legacy that ensued from this visit guarantees our sense of place in Washington state today with the formation of national wildlife refuges, national forests and parks, and national monuments.

June 13, 2015

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train. Presented by Charlotte M. Endorf.  Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history.

June 12, 2015

Aristotle's Email: Friendship in the Cyber Age

In Book VIII of his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle categorizes three different types of friendship: friendships of utility, friendships of pleasure, and friendships of the good. The latter, Aristotle states, are the most important, and the rarest. Such friendships of the good require time and intimacy -- to truly know people's finest qualities you must have deep experiences with them, and close connections.

June 11, 2015

Is the Water Glass Half Empty or Half Full? A Balanced Rationale about Dam Removal

Why remove a dam? Is the decision an environmental or economic one? In a state that is rich with water resources, the topic of dam removal has proved to be extremely controversial. With restoration of salmon populations as one well publicized aspect, author and scientist, Dennis Dauble, discusses other important components of the process and the decision of whether to remove a dam. He explores dam removal as both economic and environmental decisions, and also dives into long-term implications.

June 9, 2015

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David Thoreson tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

June 7, 2015

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

The audience is part of the program in this lecture, which brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations. Digital projection enables large-scale presentation of graphics and photos of transportation and travelers.

June 6, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Margaret Walker

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Margaret Walker's birth in 1915, the Jackson Hinds Library System will present a series of lectures during Walker's Centennial year of 2015 titled "Let's Celebrate Margaret Walker: An African American Woman Author of the 20th Century." The series will focus on the literary and historical importance of Walker, her influence on other African American women, and the lasting value of her works.

June 4, 2015

The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns

Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.

June 3, 2015

The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam

Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1,300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.

June 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015

Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890 – 1920

This interactive, multi-site, multimedia exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport will highlight women’s roles in culture through the exploration of the lives and work of four women photographers who lived and photographed in mid-coast Maine at the turn of the 20th century.

May 2015

May 31, 2015

Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs

Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs presents 40 visually stunning portraits from a new series by acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi. Exhibited for the first time in the U.S., these vibrant color photographs feature the regional rulers of modern-day monarchies throughout the country. They provide audiences with a rare and intimate look inside Nigeria’s palaces and throne rooms, capturing the personalities of the rulers, the splendor of their dress, and the details of their settings.

May 30, 2015

Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers

Let’s Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library.

May 28, 2015

Civilians of Gettysburg, 1863

Most students of the Battle of Gettysburg, and most of the books (past and present) about the battle, address the military events leading up to and taking place on July 1-3, 1863. This living history program presents another point of view. Ginny Gage portrays Sarah Broadhead, a wife and mother at the time of the battle living with her husband and young daughter.

May 26, 2015

"Muslim Voices"

May 26, 4:00 pm: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, by Mohja Kahf
Presented by Children's Librarian Priscilla Wenzel and Dr. Andrew Vassar.

May 22, 2015

Lincoln on the Civil War

"Lincoln on the Civil War" is a four-part reading and discussion series facilitated by John Schmeelk.  During this fourth session, participants will be discussing: Cooper Union Speech, 1860, Speech at Independence Hall 1861, First Anaugural Address, 1861.

May 21, 2015

Samuel D. Burris Speaks - A free African American

Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad.

May 20, 2015

Lenape Culture: An Introduction to American Indian Life in New Jersey

This lecture presents a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain Lenape daily life, beliefs, history and creative expression. It also explains the special relationships between the people, the animals and the forest preceding contact with Europeans.

May 17, 2015 to June 13, 2015

Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity: Military Mascots

The Seymour Community Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit curated by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum dedicated to military mascots. These animals are a source of pride and morale for troops. .

May 17, 2015 to September 13, 2015

The Red that Colored the World

From Antiquity to today, as symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum.

May 14, 2015

The Olmsted Historic Landscape Legacy in New Jersey

As early as 1867, Frederick Law Olmsted came to Newark, NJ to select a site for Branch Brook Park, America’s First County Park. Through this lecture you will become more familiar with the Olmsted philosophy of landscape design and the legacy as it exists today throughtout New Jersey.

May 13, 2015

Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience

 For Asian refugees who fled persecution or death, experiences of living in America are vastly different than for immigrants who left their home country for a better life in the U.S. From the racist to the innocuous, issues of culture, ethnicity, and discrimination are consistent and prevalent themes for Asian Americans. In this interactive presentation, psychologist and former broadcast journalist Sam Louie uses spoken word poetry to guide audiences to better understand the depth of cultural issues that confront Asian Americans today.

May 13, 2015

Conversation Project: Understanding Disability

The disability community accounts for 12 percent of the US population and almost 14 percent of the population of Oregon. All Oregonians are influenced by the disability community, whether as individuals with a disability or as family members, friends, or allies of someone with a disability. Join writer and activist Jill Crawford Hurt in an exploration of our experiences and perceptions of this community.

May 13, 2015

1913 Seeds of Conflict

Documentary explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I

May 12, 2015

New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era

 Learn also about the exciting voyages these ships made, the cargos they carried, the men and, in a few cases, the women, who sailed them, and why the ships' reign, lasting from 1844-1860, was so short. Whether you're a boating or nautical enthusiast, or simply have an interest in salt-water history, this lecture will fill your sails.

May 11, 2015 to June 1, 2015

The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.

May 11, 2015 to May 21, 2015

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat

About 75% of military work is considered non-combat. These roles rarely make the headlines, but are vital to every military operation. Exploring the non-combat roles of military service personnel, including work as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers, this exhibit showcases an often overlooked but highly relatable side of military life.

May 9, 2015

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black & White

Explore the history behind the anti-slavery movement in Northern Illinois and examine the criteria historians use to separate fact from fiction.

May 8, 2015 to November 28, 2015

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave ship to Pirate Ship

Discover the Whydah, slave ship turned pirate ship, which sank in U.S. waters in 1717.  Using actual artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the Whydah, this exhibit will reveal the trails and tribulations of pirate life in the 18th century.

May 7, 2015

"Let's Celebrate Margaret Walker: An African American Woman Author of the 20th Century."

The lectures series will focus on the literary and historical importance of Walker, her influence on other African American women, and the lasting value of her works. Each lecture will be led by a scholar and will include discussions of her works.

May 7, 2015

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places?

May 6, 2015

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience.

May 5, 2015

Lucy Bakewell Audubon - Audubon's Leading Lady (1787—1874)

They say well-behaved women rarely make history. Lucy Bakewell Audubon is an exception to that rule. Her proper behavior and strength helped secure the legacy of her husband, John James Audubon (famed naturalist, artist, and author of the larger than-life The Birds of America). Theirs is a story about art, ambition, devotion, deception, resentment, redemption, and above all, love. It’s a fascinating story because it’s so implausible: highly educated and born to wealth and privilege, Lucy not only endured her husband’s eccentricity, but successfully adapted to life on the frontier. Follow the Audubons from their immigration to America in the early 1800s, to their adventures in evolving Louisville, their pioneer days in the wilderness of Henderson, economic depression during the Panic of 1819, and their times of separation when John James explored and sought his fame, while Lucy stayed behind and kept the home fires burning.

May 4, 2015

The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

What is Operation Firefly? It was May of 1945, when an elite unit made up of some of the Army’s best trained paratroopers were assigned to a remote airstrip in Oregon as part of a highly classified mission known as Operation Firefly. This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington state made quiet history and is all but forgotten.

May 3, 2015

Walt Whitman's Lincoln

In this presentation, esteemed storyteller and actor Brian "Fox" Ellis re-creates one of the lectures that Whitman delivered annually on Lincoln's birthday after his death. These lectures interspersed commentary on the significance of Lincoln's life and work with Whitman's Civil War poems, including "The Artillery Man's Vision," arguably one of the first accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder as experienced by Veterans in American literature. Mark Twain described one such lecture as the most powerful performance he had ever witnessed in a theater.

May 2, 2015

Adventures in Reading - New Bedford Free Public Library

A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

May 1, 2015

Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies?

This presentation explores the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in the context of a rapidly changing society.

April 2015

April 30, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: A Study in the Paradox of Greatness

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into high gear, it seems appropriate to focus on Abraham Lincoln. This presentation explores Lincoln's claim on posterity, which rests not just on his victory in the Civil War, but also on the unique combination of Lincoln's personal qualities, his historical context and the American imagination.

April 29, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt: Advocate for Universal Human Rights.

In this informal talk, Mrs. Roosevelt, as portrayed by Elena Dodd, recalls her years with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

April 28, 2015

The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and World War II

Members of the Women's Army Corps -- WACs -- were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II. Cyndee Schaffer's mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie's letters written home during the war, this presentation provides a romantic, yet frightful, glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history.

April 26, 2015

Carson City Symphony Pre-Concert Talk, Flute and Harp

Music Director/Conductor David Bugli and guest soloists Sally Turk, flute, and Michael Langham, harp, will discuss the lives, history, and cultural context of the composers.  The pre-concert talk will include discussion and demonstration of the evolution and mechanics of the flute and harp. The pre-concert conversation is provided free of charge.

April 24, 2015

Antonio Meucci, True Inventor of the Telephone

Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), an Italian immigrant to New York, has been denied his rightful place in history as the true inventor of the telephone. His story is emblematic of the fiercely competitive "Age of Invention" in America (roughly 1870-1910).

April 23, 2015

"Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Fight for Civil Rights"

This talk is presented in conjunction with Lehman College Art Gallery’s exhibition “The Gee’s Bend Tradition,” which not only highlights the quilts that were an integral part of the Gee’s Bend culture through generations, but also links significant events of the Civil Rights movement to the people of Gee’s Bend, Alabama who were ardent supporters of the movement.

April 22, 2015

The Argentine Pope.

Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.

April 21, 2015

Florida Environmental History

This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. It focuses on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water.

April 15, 2015 to May 15, 2015

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

April 3, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West

The exhibit features paintings and sculptures that show these complex portrayals of women and honors the sacrifices of the "Madonnas of the Prairie" who endured the countless hardships of life in the American West.

April 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015

PoemCity 2015

PoemCity 2015 celebrates National Poetry Month by showcasing the work of Vermont’s contemporary poets in a walkable anthology.

March 2015

March 16, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

March 2, 2015 to May 31, 2015

Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II and features historical photographs from the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project archives and contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio.

November 2014

November 12, 2014 to June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen Living History Character

Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of!

October 2014

October 25, 2014 to May 17, 2015

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History

On October 25, 2014, the shipwreck La Belle will be reconstructed live at the Bullock Museum in the special exhibition,

September 2014

September 26, 2014 to May 25, 2015

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America, from the early days of the China trade to the history of Chinese immigration and the life of Chinese Americans.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

Exhibition on the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement