May 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presence of the Past Program Series
Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians.
Join Bozeman author
Robert Staffanson as he discusses and signs his new memoir. Staffanson
has led an exemplary life. At 93 he is sharing his unique journey of starting
out as a "real" cowboy before being moved by music to start the
Billings Symphony. He then moved to Massachusetts to serve as conductor of the
Springfield Symphony. Returning home, Staffanson went on to co-found the
American Indian Institute and become a renowned advocate for Native Americans
and indigenous people around the world.
Thursday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presence of the Past Program Series—Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu. Nez Perce historians Allen V. Pinkham and Steven Ross Evans have examined the journals of Lewis and Clark with painstaking care to tease out new insights from what the explorers wrote about their Nez Perce hosts. Pinkham and Evans evaluate both what Lewis and Clark understood and what they misunderstood in the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) lifeway and political structure. More particularly they have re-examined the journals for clues about how the Nez Perce reacted to the bearded strangers. They have also gathered together and put into print for the first time the stands of a surprisingly rich Nez Perce oral tradition. The authors will be available to sign copies of their book following the presentation.
Watch as museum staff de-installs Eloquence in Wood: The Art of John L. Clarke in preparation for our new exhibit From the Heart: Stan Lynde’s Comic Creations.