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December 2016

December 27, 2016

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

December 21, 2016

Swing Into History

With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians.

December 20, 2016

Book Voyagers

Special storytelling event with Agostino Arts.

December 17, 2016

The Seven Tongues of Flame: Ireland’s Easter Rebellion of 1916

How can musicians and poets achieve military goals? During the five centuries that Ireland was controlled by the British Empire, numerous military rebellions were attempted – often failing and resulting in great bloodshed. The Easter Rebellion of 1916 was much different. This time poets, singers and writers led the effort to symbolically liberate Dublin on a significant and symbolic Christian holiday of rebirth. Their efforts inflamed the passions of the Irish people, sparking a five-year struggle that ultimately resulted in Ireland achieving independence in 1921.

December 17, 2016

Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians

The Hohokam Native American culture flourished in southern Arizona from the sixth through fifteenth centuries. Hohokam artifacts, architecture, and other material culture provide archaeologists with clues for identifying where the Hohokam lived, interpreting how they adapted to the Sonoran Desert for centuries, and explaining why their culture mysteriously disappeared

December 15, 2016

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de Leon brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.


December 15, 2016 to February 23, 2017

Telling the Immigrant Story

"Telling the Immigrant Story" will feature a variety of programs that share an aspect of turn-of-the-2oth Century Lower East Side immigrant history.

December 15, 2016

On the Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine

Once your family arrived in the west often there was not a doctor within miles. The medical care of the family landed in the hands of the family. Luckily, it was soon learned that the plants held many secrets for someone who was ill. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, pine needles are rich in vitamin C, a spider web will close up a cut, and so much more. For this presentation a frontier medical bag is used to take and in depth look at illness and how it was treated in late 1800s Arizona.

December 14, 2016

Women of the Arizona State Prison

Through the use of photographs, prison records and newspaper articles, their particular stories are told against the background of women in the Arizona prison system in general, covering the transition from the Yuma Territorial prison to Florence to the women on death row currently.

December 10, 2016

Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout

Gregory McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living to Tell, recounts Burns’s life in the context of nineteenth-century Arizona history.

December 8, 2016

Evening with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

December 8, 2016

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World),

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) presents Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), an exhibition of acclaimed artist, Beth Ames Swartz. Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) features works from several seminal series that span over 50 years, many from the artists own collection and selected by guest curator, Robert Pela.

December 6, 2016

The Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian

“Industrial Folk Art” is art created by skilled machinists, engineers and others who work with their hands in a production environment fabricating parts and tools and the objects of our lives. Using scrap materials at hand, some of these workers are driven to use skills acquired on the job to create objects having nothing to do with their job. Objects that are created for the pure enjoyment of creating them.

December 1, 2016

Rome as Cinematic Myth: Screening a New Spartacus

The Exhibit and accompanying lecture series examines how the Romans chose to interpret their mythical past and display their religious beliefs through iconographic representation on objects of daily and/or domestic use (e.g., lamps, coins, bronze statuettes, signet rings).

December 1, 2016

"Reflections West" on Yellowstone Public Radio

Reflections West is a weekly radio program that presents the thoughts of writers and scholars on the American West. These thinkers pair their own thoughts with a passage from literature and history.

November 2016

November 29, 2016

Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.  

November 28, 2016

Reading with WA State Poet Laureate

The Spokane Valley Library hosts a reading with Tod Marshall, the Washington State Poet Laureate. Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle(2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

The Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.

November 27, 2016


Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt will lead a voyage of discovery incorporating artifacts, photographs, folktales, and performances in river-based musical styles passed down from his mussel-shelling and river-working grandfather Chancy Stroughmatt’s generation. He will invite audiences to visit the history of early-20th-century Illinois and even sing along to the music of the age.

November 19, 2016

Kansas United Methodist Resources Digitization Project

Learn about a multi-month preservation project to digitize and make available online United Methodist Church documents from Kansas dating back to the 19th century. 

November 18, 2016

Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.

November 17, 2016

Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England

Join clock expert Bob Frishman for an illustrated talk of more than 100 digital images, offering the history of clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century.

November 16, 2016

Splendor in Marblehead a Century After the Turners

Join former Lee Mansion curator Judy Anderson for an illustrated talk about the preservation of the splendid house and its hand painted wallpapers over two and a half centuries.

November 13, 2016

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. 

November 12, 2016

Washington's Music Pioneers

 In this captivating presentation, musical journalist Amanda Wilde highlights unusual and universal themes and threads that weave three distinct artists with three groundbreaking musical eras: the 1930s, the 1960s and the 1990s. Along the way she will show how they have influenced the technology, business, and notoriety of Washington state.  

November 11, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate

In 1598, Juan de Oñate led the last great expedition from Mexico to establish a kingdom north of the Río Grande. Although de Oñate’s attempt to create a new Mexico failed, his expedition led directly to the establishment of roads, cities, and industries that are woven into the texture of the American Southwest.

November 10, 2016

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.

November 9, 2016

Shaped by Water: The Southeast Technical Community Engages with Water/Ways

Water/Ways in the Community. Companion displays will be at certain locations throughout Red Wing, including the Red Wing Public Library, the Saint James Hotel, and the Red Wing Arts Association Depot. Each display will reflect that organization’s relationship with water.

November 8, 2016 to December 4, 2016

Short Film Adaptation of "Gladiolus", Brookings

This is a short film adaptation of South Dakota poet Christine Stewart-Nunez's poem, "Gladiolus." "Gladiolus" is an ekphrastic response to Myra Miller's painting of the same name. Miller was a rural South Dakota artist (1882-1961).

November 8, 2016

Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail

Some of the first women to travel across present-day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. This presentation looks at the adventures and reflections of four of these remarkable women who wrote their own stories. Susan Shelby Magoffin traveled with her husband's wagon train in 1846, while Katie Bowen traveled the trail in 1851. From the age of 7 to 17, Marion Sloan Russell traveled the Santa Fe Trail five times with her single mother. Perhaps the most famous of this group, however, was suffragist and abolitionist Julia Archibald Holmes who wrote letters as she traveled the Santa Fe Trail across Kansas Territory to the Rocky Mountains, where she became the first woman to climb Pike's Peak.

November 6, 2016

2016 Governor's Awards in the Humanities

Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Frieda Garcia, Atul Gawande, or Lia Poorvu.

November 6, 2016

The Politics of Hope: Four Historians Take on the Obama Presidency

Join our panel of historians and WBUR host moderator for a discussion on President Obama's legacy.

November 5, 2016

The Barn Raisers - Film Premiere

The public is invited to the premiere screening of "The Barn Raisers," a documentary film that examines the iconic architecture of barns.

November 3, 2016

The Spanish Armada

Join Weber State University scholar, Brandon Little, in a discussion of "The Spanish Armada: Revised Edition" by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker.

November 2, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

Scott Woodward explores how the formation of all of these refuges, parks and monuments resulted from the particular leadership methods used by President Roosevelt and his personal mission to preserve natural resources. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016

Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition strives to enhance appreciation of the richness and complexity of Mexico and its people.

November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016

Fargo - Pulitzer Prize Exhibit Panels

Three exhibit panels specific to the Fargo Forum's Pulitzer Prize will be displayed in Fargo at the NDSU Libraries:

"Fargo Forum and Cal Olson." The front page of the Pulitzer Prize winning Fargo Forum issue with additional information about Cal Olson, the photographer.

"Tornado Destruction and Victims." Photographic coverage of destruction throughout the greater Fargo area and information about the victims, including the Munson family.

"Community Response and Recovery." Photographic coverage of community engagement after the tornado and local recovery efforts.

November 1, 2016

Native American Stories of Resilience

These narratives from Native Americans who live in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area provide intriguing glimpses into Native American culture, philosophy, and psychology, and reflect challenges they have faced, personal successes, high-point experiences, and dreams for the future

October 2016

October 27, 2016 to October 28, 2016

Chickasaw Celebration

Tupelo City Hall Chamber Council will be hosting a Chickasaw Celebration of cultural demonstrations from the Chickasaw Nation displaying traditional crafts, language, music, dancing, storytelling, cooking, and stickball. A discussion on Chickasaw history and culture will take place in the Tupelo City Hall Council Chamber from scholars on areas of Chickasaw Heritage.

October 26, 2016 to October 29, 2016

Native American Days 2016

Native American Days 2016 is a celebration of Southeastern Native American culture & traditions held at Winterville Mounds that is free to the public. The primary focus is on Native American culture bearers whose traditional stories, songs and dances will be expanded on it an archaeological context.

September 2016

September 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016

"Roman Myth and Myth-Making" - Exhibit

The exhibit examines not only how the Romans themselves perceived (and in some cases invented) their mythological past, as embodied in their art and literature, but also how their legacy of mythology and myth-making has been received and reinterpreted within Western culture from the Renaissance through the 21st century, as reflected through the media of books, graphic novels, television, and movies.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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