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.
John Potter is a retired computer programmer who has been collecting magic lantern slides for over 30 years. In this informative and entreating show he will share a variety of slides using a magic lantern, the earliest form of the slide projector, with a patent date of 1907. He will share information about the history of the magic lantern and discuss the equipment and different types of slides it can project.
The slide content will include many historic images of the Northwest, including Puyallup, Tacoma, Seattle, Walla Walla, and some images related to industry in Washington State. He will also share images of early advertising and political slides, coming attractions, and sing-alongs. Of special note are an array of mechanical slides that give the effect of movement, such as chromatropes (similar to a kaleidoscope) slip slides, and lever slides.
Audience participation is greatly encouraged, so come by and enjoy the magic lantern show!
Ahead of Adam West Day in September, the staff from Kirkman House Museum will be giving a special presentation about the man behind the mask. Hear about their amazing Batman exhibit and how Walla Walla played a role in creating West’s lasting legacy. Presentation begins at 5 pm.
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.
Talk details to be announced. Presentation to begin at 4 pm.
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