Voices from the Past
February 15, 2012 (Wednesday) The Trans-Siberian Railway. John Baule, Director of the Yakima Valley Museum, will speak about the recent museum trip to Russia.
March 14, 2012 (Wednesday) New Land, North of the Columbia. This program offers an illustrated travelogue of the history of Washington Territory and State, using Lorraine McConaghy's new book New Land, North of the Columbia (which features items from the Yakima Valley Museum) as its basis. The research project for New Land involved more than a year of travel throughout Washington State, from Walla Walla to Bellingham, Kelso to Newport, visiting public and university libraries, historical society archives, and federal, state, county, and municipal archives. The result is this documentary history of the place we call "Washington," from 1853 to the present day. This presentation is sponsored by Humanities Washington through their state-wide Speakers Bureau.
April 18, 2012 (Wednesday) Istanbul was Constantinople. Istanbul, Turkey—formerly Constantinople”was the capital of the Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire (subsequently the Byzantine Empire). Although sacked by the Fourth Crusade and later conquered and transformed by the Ottomans, modern Istanbul still possesses many sites preserved from the 1,000 years it was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. In this lecture, YVCC instructor of Political Science, Dr. Timothy Jeske, will take you on a visual tour of the Byzantine sites of the city, emphasizing the churches, monuments, military architecture, and religious art of Constantinople.