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Talk and Book Signing: Vermont’s Proper Son – October 2nd

Dr. Richard Hanks, the author of the book, is an alum of our department.  The book signing and author talk will take place during the Riverside Arts Walk.  Also during the Arts Walk, Cahuilla bird singing will take place outside in honor of the new exhibit that was curated by a number of our grad students.  The information, below, is from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

Vermont’s Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014  (During Riverside Arts Walk)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages: Best suited for teen and adults. All children (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult (18+).
Book: Dr. Richard Hanks’s book will be on sale in the Museum Gift Shop. Cash/Credit Card accepted.

“Vermont’s Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871” follows the life of Edwin Hall Higley who served as 2nd lieutenant in the First Vermont Cavalry during the Civil War. During the war, Higley wrote several letters to close friend Calvin Day Noble, a bulk of which concern his time in various battles in Virginia. Noble eventually moved to Riverside in 1874, bringing the letters with him. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum acquired the letters in 2000 as a part of the Samuel Cary Evans, Jr. Collection. The transcriptions for all the letters concerning the war are printed in full.  In addition to serving in the Civil War, Higley later became a professor of German and Greek  and was on the staff of Groton School in Massachusetts when he died.

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Upcoming Conference at CGU: “Shaping the History of the West”

Shaping the History of the West

A conversation with Bob Martin, President of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and Nancy Mithlo, Chair of American Indian Studies at the Autry Institute for the Study of the American West and Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Arts at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

Thought leaders in Native American arts and culture discuss the leadership challenges they have faced in developing university museums, advancing scholarship, and creating accessible programs through strong community connections.

CGU Shaping the History of the West



Fundraiser for the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum

Graduate student Sarah Wolk is a member of the board of directors for the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum, which will benefit from the one-man event, “The World is My Home” – the Life and Times of Paul Robeson.  The museum will be hosting the national conference for the Association of African American Museums in 2016.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can enjoy this “unique theater experience” and support the museum.

Dora Nelson event

Grad Students at Work: Petersen Automotive Museum

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Kristen Hayashi is spending her summer becoming immersed in the early history of the automobile and its influence on Los Angeles as part of a project to inventory objects on display in The Streetscape: The Car and the City in Southern California, an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This work is part of an inventory and deinstallation project that collection staff from the History Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is undertaking. As part of this project, Hayashi is inventorying objects that were selected for display when the Natural History Museum established the Petersen Automotive Museum as a satellite museum in the early 1990s. In this photograph, she is inventorying swages, hammers, and tongs—a small sampling of the diverse blacksmith tool grouping on display in the Breer Blacksmith Shop diorama within the Streetscape exhibition.

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