Yakima Valley Museum

Voices ImageVoices from the Past

In 2013 the museum is continuing its successful Voices From the Past brownbag lecture series. Bring your lunch and join us at the museum for a midweek break that will both educate and entertain. Soft drinks and water will be provided. All programs are free and open to the public. Doors open at 11:30 A.M. for conversation and lunch; the program begins at noon.

The series begins on March 6, with a talk by Jim Givan, the collector and guest-curator of the museum’s special exhibit, Art of War: Posters Promoting Service and Sacrifice. Givan will offer a synopsis of the exhibit topics and story, using posters and information not included in the exhibit itself. This talk will provide the perfect introduction and preface to the museum’s special exhibit which opens on March 1.

The second lunchtime lecture will be on March 20, and it will feature photographer John Marshall speaking on Fire & Forests: East of the Cascade Divide. Marshall will combine his research and photography in a discussion of the inevitable burning of Eastern Washington’s forests. He will lead us through past philosophies and future policies regarding our forests and ultimately address the question:
How do we want those forests to burn?

Our third and final lecture for the season will be April 10, when writer and historian Janet Oakley will present Tree Army: Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941. This program looks at President Roosevelt’s program to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men and explores not only how the CCC saved a damaged environment, but also how it impacted the desperate men who came from the East Coast to work in the corps.

Voices 2012


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