Museum After Hours is a free monthly presentation series to be held on the last Thursday of every month. We provide a space for community congregation, discussion, and debate. The event touches on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our community. The talks will take place in the Entrance Building at 5:00 pm from March through October and 4:00 pm from November through February.
The Columbia River Plateau has the dubious distinction of being the sole North American culture region whose distinct Indigenous beadwork traditions are popularly identified as being products of outside influences. In this Museum After Hours presentation, Maryhill Museum of Art curator Steven L. Grafe will examine this phenomenon and illustrate the uniqueness of the three main styles of Plateau Native beadwork dating from 1860-1960.
In celebration of October as Washington State Archaeology Month, members of the museum’s Heritage Research Services division will discuss recent projects. Presentation will begin at 5 pm.
One day in 1912 Frank Finkel and his wife, Delila, traveled from Dayton to Walla Walla. No one could know that a casual visit to the cinema would bring Finkel’s past back to haunt him and unlock a mystery surrounding one of the most infamous battles between U.S. soldiers and Native tribes in American history.
The moving picture playing at the Keylor Grand that day was “Custer’s Last Fight.” Halfway through the film, Finkel stood up to leave. On the ride home, Finkel would reveal to Delila an incredible story from his past . . . one he hadn’t shared for 34 years. Word quietly spread, and the Dayton community wanted to hear his account. Eventually Finkel was persuaded to share his story: that he was a military veteran who had escaped his final battle, shot and blinded by blood. He claimed to be the sole survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, where General Custer and over 270 U.S. troops perished. But was he telling the truth? The details behind the battle have been investigated by the government, scholars, historians, and private individuals. Gary Lentz will look at all the fascinating details behind this mystery and the enigmatic man who claimed to be the sole survivor.
Speaking from her lifetime experience as a rancher and as a geoscientist, Dr. Kirsten Nicolaysen discusses the exciting changes in public perspective regarding the climate crisis. She briefly reviews the evidence that climate change is primarily caused by human choices for energy production. She describes three nature-based technologies that could tackle reduction and removal of carbon dioxide, actions necessary to a healthy and stable future for humans. Any technological solution will require widespread public agreement to be successful. This talk suggests practical steps that each person can take to reduce their contribution to climate change.
Kirsten Parker Nicolaysen was raised in ranching country of Wyoming before becoming a geochemist. She studies volcanoes, primarily in Alaska, and works collaboratively with paleoecologists and anthropologists. Through her teaching at Whitman College (since 2006), her training as a geoscientist, and her love of the outdoors, she shares her experience to promote healthy human community actions within a living landscape.
Presentation to begin at 4 pm, with discussion to follow.
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