Evening Lectures

Evening
Lectures

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The Kittitas County Historical Museum hosts an annual evening lecture series with a variety of interesting topics from all across the state.

Our speakers series is made possible through the generous donations and museum memberships. Additionally, each year we partner with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau to provide presenters that spark conversation on a number of interesting topics both locally and statewide.

Each lecture is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM and to end around 7:30 PM. They are all free and open to the public.

Our annual lecture series is certainly one not to miss!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be limiting onsite/in-person attendance to 50 individuals. Tickets will be required for all evening lectures but they will be free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ticket information as well as any details regarding hybrid or live-streaming options will be posted on our social media pages prior to each presentation. In the event a presentation is cancelled, there is no guarantee that it may be rescheduled.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and thank the members, presenters, attendees, supporters and partners like Humanities Washington for making our lecture series possible!

April 21, 2022: Eric Wagner, “After the Blast: Mount St. Helens 40 Years Later”

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May 12, 2022: Ross Reynolds, “How Audio Technology Changed the World”

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June 2, 2022: Rebecca Hom, “Sand, Snakes, and Silver Wings: Women Pilots of World War II”

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September 22, 2022: David Benscoter, “Lost Apple Project” (Click to view Facebook page)

October 13, 2022:Steve Olson, “Atomic Washington: Our Nuclear Past, Present, and Future” 

November 3, 2022: Karl Lillquist, “Title TBA”

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The 2021 [Onsite] Evening Lecture Series has been cancelled due to the social gathering restrictions relating to the COVID-19 virus. We thank all of our presenters, members, guests, volunteers, and staff for their continued support and look forward to seeing everyone again when we can safely gather onsite.

The 2020 [Onsite] Evening Lecture Series was cancelled due to the social gathering restrictions relating to the COVID-19 virus. We thank all of our presenters, members, guests, volunteers, and staff for their continued support and look forward to seeing everyone again when we can safely gather onsite.

We were fortunate to put together special virtual presentations and programming through several partnerships. Find the links to these great programs and shows below!

Special Lectures and Programs:

August 21, 2020: In partnership with the Washington State Historical Society, “Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour: Ellensburg,” (click the link to visit their YouTube page for video)

November 19, 2020: In partnership with the Key City Public Theatre, May’s Vote

Our 2019 Evening Lecture Series has concluded for the year. We thank all of the presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

March 28, 2019: “The Gamble: The Washington Potato Story” documentary showing (click for YouTube video)

April 11, 2019: Ty Phelan, “African American Baseball History in Central Washington (1888-1941)” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

April 25, 2019: Kelsey Doncaster, “Apple A Day: A History of Apple Box Labels” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

May 9, 2019: Trillium-239, “Music with a Message: Songs of Social Change”

May 23, 2019: CANCELLED due to presenter illness

June 5, 2019: Hank Cramer, “FIRST IN: Green Berets In Vietnam, 1957” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

September 26, 2019: Feliks Banel, “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State”

October 10, 2019: Nick Zentner, “Plant Fossils of the Pacific Northwest”

October 24, 2019: Harriet Baskas, “Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest”

November 7, 2019: Rex Buck, Jr., “Story of the Wanapum People” (recorded — was not streamed live)

Special Lectures:

October 11, 2019: Nick Zentner, “Central Washington’s Greatest Hits….Geologically” (recorded; click the link to visit our Facebook page for video)

Our 2018 Evening Lecture Series has concluded for the year. We thank all of the presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

March 29, 2018: Nick Zentner, “Is Mt. Stuart from Mexico?” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

April 19, 2018: John Lundin, “Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

May 10, 2018: John Jensen, “Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II”

May 31, 2018: John Marshall, “Fire and Forests through the Lens of Time” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

September 20, 2018: Trillium-239, “Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers”

October 4, 2018: Harriet Baskas, “The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory”

October 18, 2018: Kelsey Doncaster, “Lost Photographs of the Kittitas Division of the Yakima Project” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

November 1, 2018: Allen Aronica, “The Kittitas People” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

2017 Evening Lecture Series:

April 13, 2017: Kelsey Doncaster: Dynamite, Draglines and the Unexplained Cracking of a Pressure Tunnel: Building the Kittitas Division of the Yakima Project” (recorded; click for video)

May 11, 2017: Feliks Banel: “Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning In to Northwest Radio History”

September 21, 2017: Mick Qualls, “The Life and Times of Ben Snipes” (recorded; click to visit our Facebook page for video)

October 12, 2017: David George Gordon: “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?”

November 2, 2017: Lorraine McConaghy: “Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I”

Featured Videos

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"Geology of Kittitas County" Part I

"Means, Motivation, and Opportunity" Part I

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-All lectures are subject to change-