The Cherokee Sanford Museum is proud to announce the Museum Association Programs for 2012.
They kick off beginning this Saturday with "Woodturning" with Perry Polson at 7:30 p.m.
Polson is an artist from Spencer who owns his own gallery called the Wild Wood Gallery and Turning Lab in downtown Spencer. His medium is wood and he uses his lathe to turn all species of wood from lilac to walnut into wonderful pieces of art.
Polson will show a cross section of his work and examples of his creative process. He will show examples of before and after, as well as how to find the natural edge on a piece. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The next program on Saturday, Feb. 18 is one of four programs that features Humanities of Iowa Speakers that will be at the Sanford Museum this year. "Theodore Roosevelt -- Rough Rider President" will be presented by Darrel Draper.
Draper portrays Theodore Roosevelt in a costumed re-enactment of Roosevelt on the campaign trail in his bid for the presidency as the 1912 Progressive "Bull Moose" Party candidate. From his life as an asthma--plagued child, to his rise to the White House, you will be amazed at the incredible accomplishment of this Medal of Honor and Nobel Peace Prize winner. With Draper mixing humor, drama, and inspiration, this will be a very entertaining evening.
On Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. the program "Gardening with a Purpose" by John and Donna Beier will be presented. John, horticulturist and owner of Rhoadside Blooming House in Cherokee, will share his knowledge of planting and maintaining perennials and annuals, focusing on those that are considered drought tolerant. There will be slides, plant displays, an entertaining presentation, and a question and answer time.
The second of the Humanities of Iowa Speakers program will be on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Martin Kelly will present "Hollywood Cowboys." So you remember singing cowboys or western serial movies, Shane, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans? Even if you are too young to have experienced the era of Westerns in movie theater, you will be thrilled to hear the tales of heroes, villains, stuntmen and the many characters that portrayed the western days on the silver screen.
On Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. the "Perseid Meteor Shower" program will held at Sam Doupes Field in Cherokee. Don't miss this night of watching for meteors and looking through the museum's telescopes at other night sky objects. This year should be dazzling. Bring your binoculars, lawn chairs, bug spray, blankets and lets party.
The next in the series of Humanities of Iowa Speakers program will be held on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and is called "Remembering Iowa's Buffalo Bill: Never Missed and He Never Will" presented by Roy R. Behrens.
Behrens is a Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa and he will share with all the tragic and heroic parts of the life of William F. Cody (1846--1917). Better known as "Buffalo Bill" he was born near LeClaire. By the end of his life, he had become what some have called "the most famous American in the world."
He had been a Pony Express rider, and Army scout, a buffalo hunter for the railroad, and the founder and central attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. the program, "National Parks Gallery Talk," will be presented by Bruce Ellingson. A professional development sabbatical permitted Bruce and his wife, Marge to explore U.S. landscapes west of the Mississippi. They took trips into regions west of the Mississippi to record large-scale panoramic HDR landscapes.
The Museum will have an exhibit of their work in its West Gallery, and Bruce will give a gallery talk about the trip and the work.
"The Kennedy Assassination Almost Fifty Years Later: Why We Can't Know What We Don't Know" will be presented by Dave Curbow on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Curbow is an English and History Teacher at Alta High School for 28 years. He has studied the assassination for 40 years, and has visited the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas many times. He has attended several conferences on the subject, met many of the authors, and even a few of the principals involved in the event. Twice he has used the content to teach a class on critical thinking.
His talk will concern how society believes who was responsible for the assassination based on cultural milieu.
The last program presented on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. is also the last of the series of the Humanities of Iowa Speakers programs "If Barns Could Talk" will be presented by Rich Tyler. Old barns are more than just solid functional buildings. They represent the soul of our farming heritage, and perhaps more.
Barn design was based on experience, needs and ambition. Their function indicated both the farm operation and the framer's personal touch. Barn construction was a community affair comprised of hard work, huge meals, and a barn dance.
But what is happening to our old barns? Will metal replace wood? Why should we care about old barns today? These and other question will be asked as the history and current importance of barns are discussed.