1 PROGRAM GUIDE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON MUSEUM OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY WINTER/SPRING 2018 H2O TODAY An exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Dive into the essential nature of water, our planet's lifeblood. H2O Today blends interactive displays and digital media with scientific research happening right here at the University of Oregon inspiring creative conversations about Earth s water sources and how we can steward them well into the future. PUBLIC OPENING CELEBRATION Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Explore the new exhibit and the amazing world of water and join in our family-friendly science activities from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days! MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW Friday, January 19 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A reception and sneak peek exclusively for MNCH members H20 Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul ( in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
2 Exhibits NAVIGATING KNOWLEDGE A Journey Through Museum Collections From monkeys and maps to fossils and folklore, MNCH collections help University of Oregon scholars solve mysteries about our planet and our collective human experience. GLIMPSE INTO THE VAULTS with UO faculty scientists and join their ongoing investigations: You ll traverse land and sea to uncover life s origins, voyage across the Pacific in search of the First Americans, discover how fossils can predict earthquakes, explore the arts in Africa and the Americas, and more. PUBLIC OPENING CELEBRATION Saturday and Sunday, March :00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come celebrate the new exhibit! From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days, join us for family-friendly scavenger hunts and discover rare rocks, artifacts, and other amazing items from our collections. MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW Friday, March 2 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A reception and sneak peek exclusively for MNCH members WOLVES AND WILD LANDS IN THE 21st CENTURY OREGON WHERE PAST IS PRESENT PHOTO: ALTON STRUPP 14,000 years of Oregon stories from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today s Tribes. THROUGH FEBRUARY 11 A traveling exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History and the International Wolf Center EXPLORE OREGON 300 million years of Northwest natural history Discover the giant sabertooth salmon and other amazing animals from Oregon s past, and take part in a dialogue about climate, conservation, and our future East 15th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon natural-history.uoregon.edu
3 Programs for Adults DARWIN CONVERSATIONS Swimming in the Deep Past The Museum s Annual Dinner and Talk Thursday, February 22 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. GIUSTINA BALLROOM, UO FORD ALUMNI CENTER Fridays February 9 and 16 5:30 p.m. at the museum FEBRUARY 9 The Fanged Fishosaurus: Oregon's Sabertooth Salmon with paleobiologist EDWARD DAVIS, Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon Did you know that millions of years ago Oregon waters were home to giant sabertooth salmon? Explore up-to-the-minute science related to these fascinating fish, learn how recent discoveries have changed what we thought we knew about them, and find out where Davis's research is headed next. FEBRUARY 16 Adventures in Antarctic Paleontology with paleontologist KERIN CLAESON, Department of Bio-Medical Sciences, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine In 2016, a team of scientist explorers undertook a fossilfinding mission to the Antarctic Peninsula. Retrace the adventure with participating researcher Kerin Claeson, and explore possible clues about the evolution and distribution of fishes and other marine vertebrates that lived millions of years ago near the South Pole. Journey across the Pacific Ocean and centuries back in time at the museum's fifth Annual Dinner and Talk. Enjoy island-style hors d'oeuvres, locally-made beverages, and a gourmet dinner inspired by traditional Pacific cuisine. Over dinner, join University of Oregon archaeologist and MNCH associate director SCOTT FITZPATRICK as he retraces Magellan's epic Pacific crossing revealing surprising new No-school day camps are $40 (with a 10 percent discount for MNCH members). insights into Space one is limited of the to world's 16 participants, greatest voyages. and preregistration is required. Visit our website to register or to learn more. TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. Each ticket includes a three-course dinner, wine, and a predinner sampling of local and island flavors. A vegetarian dinner option is available. Tickets are $75 for MNCH members and $90 for the public. Tables of eight are available for $575 and include two MNCH family memberships to give as gifts. For more information or to purchase tickets, call or Join us for a special H2O Talk CHASING BIG ICE: Icebergs, Ice Melt, and the Global Climate Thursday, February 1 MNCH GALLERIA Join University of Oregon oceanographer Dave Sutherland for a discussion about the location and timing of iceberg melts and why they matter to the entire planet. Included with regular admission; free for members and UO ID card holders. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4 Programs for Adults A WORLD OF BELLS NEA BIG READ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 1:00 P.M. AT THE MUSEUM History and Culture of Western Oregon Native American Tribes with weaver and Grand Ronde Tribal member Stephanie Craig SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 2:00-4:30 P.M. AT THE MUSEUM Traditional Basketry Workshop with Stephanie Craig Use Western red cedar and coastal sweetgrass sedge from Oregon's Willamette Valley to make your own square basket. $50 per person; $40 for MNCH members. Space is limited and advance registration is required. to register. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 2:00 P.M. AT DOWNTOWN EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY Siletz Healthy Traditions Project with Siletz Tribal member Kathy Kentta-Robinson A Musical Performance and Talk with Composer Augusta Read Thomas PHOTO: ANDREW NELLES/THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO Artist Sara Siestreem The museum partners with Eugene Public Library and the National Endowment for the Arts to present four talks and a workshop exploring Tribal histories and heritage in Oregon. WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 3:00 P.M. MNCH GALLERIA FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 3:00 P.M. AT THE MUSEUM Continuum: Contemporary Weaving Traditions of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw People with artist and Hanis Coos Tribal member Sara Siestreem Cosponsored by Oregon Folklife Network SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 3:00 P.M. AT DOWNTOWN EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY Learning About Kalapuya Cuisine: Harvesting and Cooking Camas with UO archaeologist and MNCH curator Madonna Moss Find admission details and more on our website. These events are part of the NEA Big Read of How We Became Human, a volume of collected poems by celebrated writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Coordinated by Eugene Public Library, the local NEA Big Read offers a variety of talks, performances, workshops, exhibits, and conversations during February For a complete events calendar, visit or call The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. IDEAS ON TAP PUB CONVERSATIONS January 3 What's for Dinner? Carnivores, Omnivores, and the Evolution of Mammalian Diets with University of Oregon paleontologist Samantha Hopkins Join Eugene Symphony s Composer-inResidence, Grammy Award winner AUGUSTA READ THOMAS, as she explores the rich world of bells through a live performance and special exhibition featuring treasured instruments from MNCH collections. Cosponsored by the Eugene Symphony, the talk and performance draw from Thomas s newly commissioned piece SONOROUS EARTH, which will be performed by the Eugene Symphony on April 19. Included with regular museum admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. 6:00 p.m. First Wednesday of the Month 418 A Street, Springfield March 7 The Science Behind the Brew with Oregon State University chemist and beer scholar Tom Shellhammer February 7 April 4 with University of Oregon environmental scientist Kory Russel microbiologist Karen Guillemin Rethinking Human Waste: Creating Resources in Haiti and Beyond The Microbiology of Bread with University of Oregon Admission is free. Cosponsored by Claim 52 Abbey, La Granada Latin Kitchen, Pig & Turnip, and 100 Mile Bakery East 15th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon natural-history.uoregon.edu
5 Family and Community Programs FEBRUARY FAMILY DAY GIANTS Saturday, February 3 11:00 a.m. to at the museum A really, really big adventure awaits you at the next family day! From mammoths to ground sloths to sabertooth salmon, come celebrate giant animals from Oregon's deep past. Explore the exhibits, play games, make crafts, and have HUGE fun learning about these amazing creatures. Snacks provided. Included with regular admission; reduced admission for families presenting EBT cards; free for MNCH members. Visit our website for details. Science, Engineering, and Family Fun! Join us at the library! The MNCH and the Springfield Public Library have partnered to bring you two FREE family outreach programs this spring. MOVE LIKE A MAMMOTH Monday, March 26 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Can you pounce like a sabertooth cat or move like a mammoth? Get in motion and discover how these and other ancient animals ran, leaped, and climbed their way through Oregon s deep past. ENGINEER IT! Friday, March 30 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Delve into Oregon's archaeology and history through a variety of hands-on engineering challenges. The library is located at 225 Fifth Street in Springfield. Not A Member Yet? Visit our website to learn about the rewards of MNCH membership from special events and museum store discounts to great admission deals at partner museums around the world. Second Friday of the month 10:30 a.m. Learn and play at the museum! You and your child are invited to join us for stories, crafts, and tons of hands-on fun with a new theme each month. JANUARY 12 The World of Carnivores Stories and Activities for Preschoolers FEBRUARY 9 Fun with Science MARCH 9 We Love Water! APRIL 13 People and Plants Little Wonders is included with the price of admission. Families presenting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are admitted at a reduced rate through the Museums for All program. See our website for details. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6 January 2018 Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Ideas on Tap 4 5 Free First Friday 6 6:00 p.m. NEW YEAR'S DAY MUSEUM CLOSED Little Wonders 10:30 a.m H2O Today H2O Today 22 OUR FEBRUARY 22 DINNER 23 EVENT, GO ON SALE JANUARY 8. Opening Weekend Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Celebration 12:00 5:00 p.m. RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW. TICKETS TO Island Time, You won t want to miss this special evening of learning, conversation, and 28 outstanding food and wine, featuring a talk by MNCH associate director Scott Fitzpatrick. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. For details, visit our website or call (541) NEA Big Read 22 MNCH Annual 23 NEA Big Read February 2018 Happy Birthday, Darwin! talk 2:00 p.m. Eugene Public Library H2O Talk: Chasing Big Ice Dinner 5:30 p.m. UO Ford Alumni Center Members-only Preview 5:00 7:00 p.m. Free First Friday Ideas on Tap 8 9 Little Wonders 10 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 6:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Darwin Conversation Join us in celebrating Charles Darwin s 5:30 p.m. birthday and his legacy of intellectual 11 Darwin s Birthday 12 courage with an afternoon 13 of Science Darwin 17 Walk & Talks, plus birthday cupcakes! Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Conversation 5:30 p.m. talk H2O Today Opening Weekend GIANTS AT THE MUSEUM Family Day 11:00 a.m. NEA Big Read talk 1:00 p.m. Basketry workshop 2:00 p.m. NEA Big Read talk Eugene Public Library 1680 East 15th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon natural-history.uoregon.edu
7 March 2018 Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Navigating Ideas on Tap 8 9 Little Wonders 10 Knowledge Opening Weekend 6:00 p.m. Free First Friday Navigating Knowledge Members-only Preview 5:00 7:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Navigating Knowledge Opening Weekend The exhibit Navigating Knowledge gives a behind-the-scenes view into our diverse collections. Delve even deeper with this special series of talks featuring UO faculty curators and their research. Stay tuned for details! Move Like a Engineer It! 31 Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Celebrate EARTH DAY at the MNCH! SUNDAY, APRIL 22 12:00 9 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M Little Wonders MNCH Volunteer A World of Bells CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change Earth Day Celebration 12:00 5:00 p.m Coming this spring... Mammoth! 2:30 p.m. Springfield Public Library Join us for an afternoon of special Walk & Talks through our exhibits. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID Card holders. Appreciation Luncheon 12:00 p.m. NAVIGATING KNOWLEDGE April 2018 Ideas on Tap 6:00 p.m. Research Symposium 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. A Series of Illustrated Exhibit Talks CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Springfield Public Library Free First Friday 10:30 a.m. The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group and the MNCH present the 7TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, showcasing scholarship from multiple disciplines on climate-related issues. It s open to the public as well as the UO community, and admission is free. Learn more at climatechange.uoregon.edu. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily 2PM Walk & Talks are included with admission
8 Museum of Natural and Cultural History 1224 University of Oregon Eugene OR Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Eugene OR Permit No. 63 VISIT OUR WEBSITE natural-history.uoregon.edu Events Exhibits Opportunities The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance Museum of Natural and Cultural History Announcing the new Oregon Stewardship Award The MNCH is now accepting nominations for its new Oregon Stewardship Award! Spearheaded by the Museum Advisory Council, the annual award recognizes an individual or organization that has engaged the community in an environmental or cultural heritage project one that aligns with the museum s mission to inspire stewardship of our past, present, and future. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 and be recognized at an award reception, in museum publications, and on the Oregon Heroes display panel in our Explore Oregon exhibit. Every day, the museum s stewardship mission brings us into contact with Oregon heroes people who are doing amazing work to protect and preserve our ecosystems, landscapes, and cultures, said MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson. The Oregon Stewardship Award will help shine welldeserved light on that work. The nomination deadline is January 15, Further details and nomination forms are available on the museum s website East 15th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon natural-history.uoregon.edu