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Museums Announce October Lectures and Tours

General Museum News

September 19, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in October with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

  • October 3 - Mexico City and Surrounds: Art and Culture, Past and Present, Traditional and Modern. Amy S. Dane, an avid traveler and docent. A glimpse of the city’s fast paced life along with the canals, markets and archeological sites from surrounding cities and towns.
  • October 10 - Highlights of Massachusetts Archaeology, Eric Johnson, Ph.D., lecturer, UMass-Amherst. Tour some of our commonwealth’s most interesting archaeological sites and learn more about the archeologist’s trade.
  • October 17 - Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII. Author and professor, John Thomas recounts his detective work on this previously unknown period in Gibson’s production.
  • October 24 - Dutch and Flemish Masters.  Lecturers Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, co-founders of ArtScapades, will detail how the Dutch Realism School of the 17th century changed the art world by leaving religious themes behind.
  • October 31 - Ghosts of the Quadrangle, William J. Devlin, architect, AIA, traces the history of the Quadrangle property from presumably undeveloped land 400 years ago through the arrival of Horton and friends.

Also scheduled in October are informal half-hour “mini-tours” every Sunday at 1 PM by volunteer docent educators. The tours highlight a different element of the unique collections of one of the four museums, and are free with Museum admission (check with the Welcome Center staff or the Museums’ website for an updated schedule of mini-tours). Topics for October are:

  • October 6 - Victorian Japan Craze, Dawn Whitney, George Walter Vincent Smith Museum. How Commander Perry’s opening of Japan in the 19th century influenced late 19th century America and continues to resonate today.
  • October 13 – Early Car Technology, Jerre Hoffman, Wood Museum of Springfield History. Learn about early automotive advancements and how those led to the internal combustion engine as our most common source of power.
  • October 20 – The Rise and Eventual Fall of Indian Motocyle, Arch Battista, WMSH. The legendary company’s rise, its contributions to America’s efforts in two World Wars, and factors that contributed to its eventual bankruptcy in 1953.
  • October 27 - Expressions of Realism in 19th Century French Painting, Nancy Mason, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Discussion of paintings by artists with diverse approaches to realism, including works by Géricault, Millet, Michel, and Courbet.

Monthly Walking Tours are presented in collaboration with the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association (AQCA). On October 12 from 10:30 am–noon, Bill Devlin, will give a “Ghosts of the Quadrangle” walking tour that explores the history of the Quad from about 400 years ago to today. Walking tours are free for Springfield Museums and AQCA members, $5 nonmembers, and start at the Museums’ Welcome Center.

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