The Cherokee Sanford Museum has announced their programs for 2013.
The first program will be presented this Saturday - "Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment" with Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander. This program is sponsored by the Humanities Iowa and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Swander will read from her play "Farmscape," which documents the American agricultural environment through interviews with real people involved in real changes in howe we grow our food and live our live in the rural United States.
In the end, you'll understand that during the pioneer days, farming completely changed the ecosystem of the prairie. A hundred and fifty years later, this landscape is changing again.
Admission for this program is free and refreshments will be served.
* On February 9 at 7:30 p.m. the Sanford Museum Association will present "George Drouillard: Hunter, Interpreter, and Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark" by Darrel Draper.
Drouillard, half French and half Shawnee Indian, was the most valuable member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. When the two captains needed someone who could shoot straight, talk to Indians who had never seen white men before, provided the 400 pounds of game needed each day, bring back a deserter, or stand his ground in the face of a wounded and raging grizzly bear, they almost always choose this amazing frontiersman.
Darrel Draper specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures and he is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Draper is also a designated Humanities Iowa Speaker.
* On March 9 the program "Iowa's Changing Land, Water, and Climate: The Ongoing Story" with Connie Mutel will be held at 7:30 p.m.
The transformation of Iowa's prairies and savannas into predominantly row crops in the last two centuries has dramatically changed our land's ability to handle water sustainably. Now, our changing climate is magnifying this change and is producing additional new problems.
What lies in our future, and how can we work toward greater sustainability of our land, water, and air?
* April 13 the program "Ice Age Exhibit Opening" with Chris Widga will be held at 7:30 p.m.
The Sanford Museum received a Legacy Grant and special funding from the Sanford Museum Association to redo the Ice Age exhibit in the lower level of the Sanford Museum. This is a major permanent exhibit change in the lower level of the museum. Chris Widga, paleontologist at Illinois State Museum, will give you an overview of the Sanford's important Ice Age collection.
* The "Perseid Meteor Shower" program will be held at the Cherokee Little League Fields on Aug. 12 at 9 p.m.
Join the Museum staff to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year. They will be at the north end of the Cherokee Little League fields with their telescopes.
While watching for meteors (up to 60 meteors per hour) they will be looking at a variety of objects through the telescopes. Bring your lawn chairs, binoculars and bug spray.
* Also in August the program "The Assassination of Robert Kennedy: Simple or Surreal?" will be held with Dave Curbow at 7:30 p.m.
An act so brazen, so open, and so obvious: Sirhan Sirhan pulls out a revolver and assassinates Senator Kennedy, Even Sirhan's lawyers acknowledge his guilt. And with all the witnesses surrounding the event, only a fool would have challenged the fact. But was a "fool" indispensable for justice?
* "Trash or Treasure Returns!" with Charles G. Schoenknecht and Ward A. Paul on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.
The Museum has had such a great time at their Trash and Treasure programs with Chuck and Ward and they are back. These two expert antique and art appraisers will tell you all about your special item.
This will be a great afternoon of fun, start searching for your treasures now.
* Richard Boothby will present the program "Oak Hill Cemetery Past and Present" on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
An informative program how families use the cemetery for genealogy and local history. The Oak Hill Cemetery is the main cemetery of Cherokee and is owned by the City of Cherokee.
Cherokee was founded in the 1850s over 160 years ago. There probably are families that have buried six generation in this cemetery.
* The final Sanford Museum Association program will be held on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the program "Living Longer and Better: 10 Steps to Aging Gracefully" with Dr. Frank O'Neill.
It is obvious by looking at different cultures and different people that not everyone ages at the sam pace.
What can we do to slow the sand of our hourglass? Dr. O'Neill will share 10 ideas about stress, nutrition, and lifestyle that can add years to your life and life to your years. Come, enjoy and make your "golden" years truly golden.
The Sanford Museum Association is an organization of volunteers who contribute time and money to enrich the offerings of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium.
Working in cooperation with museum staff, the association hosts exhibits, lectures, and demonstrations, sponsors programs of research, and purchases museum equipment and library books.