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2016 Learn at Lunchtime Summer Series

May 24, 2016

Filed under Archaeology and Anthropology, Gallery Tours, Learn @ Lunchtime, Planetarium

Boy with Petroglyph

Dr. Kurt Carr examining a petroglyph with a visitor. Image credit: Don Giles, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of exciting lectures and presentations. Learn at Lunchtime is included with your Museum general admission.
All presentations start at 12:15 am and conclude by 12:45 pm.

June 17
Objects of Valor
Meet with Robert Hill our Curator of Military & Industrial History Collections for a tour of Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania.

June 22
Preserving Family Recipes
From Uncle’s barbecue sauce to Grandma’s cobbler, family recipes fill us with nostalgia and draw us closer to family – if they have been saved and if they actually work right, that is. So what can you do if a beloved recipe is sketchy, horribly outdated, impossible to read, or unwritten? How can you make sure those old handwritten recipes as well as heirloom photos and kitchen artifacts last for future generations? And did you ever stop to look at your recipes with a historian’s eye, exploring what that family recipe may be telling you between the lines? Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press), will explore various aspects of your family’s heirloom recipes.

June 24
We’re Here: Pioneering LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania
Tour and meet with organizers of the We’re Here: Pioneering LGBT Rights in Pennsylvania a new exhibit and learn about the early history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in Pennsylvania in the 1960’s and 70’s. Learn about the LGBT rights initiatives of Governor Milton Shapp that makes him America’s first LGBT Equality Governor.

July 1
NASA’s Journey to Mars
Join us in The State Museum’s Planetarium to take a brief look at the observational history of Mars and mankind’s fascination with the red planet. Then join NASA’s fleet of Mars robotic explorers as they pave the way for human exploration of the solar system in the coming decades. Join NASA in preparing for a monumental journey of a lifetime…to Mars!
Show will start promptly at 12:15, visitors will not be admitted once the show has started.

July 8
Art of State
Explore the 49th annual Art of the State exhibition. Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories, Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper.

July 15
Anthropology and Archaeology
Join Dr. Kurt Carr in our Anthropology and Archaeology Gallery to explore Pennsylvania’s early Native American cultures and learn how archaeologists discover the past through excavations, collections, and research.

July 22
Working Together for Wildlife
Join us for a special tour of our changing exhibit Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art. The exhibit features 34 original paintings by 19 different Pennsylvania artists depicting the beauty of animals in their natural habitats. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

July 29
Pennsylvania Turnpike
Join Dr. Curt Miner, Senior Curator, to explore our exhibit The Pennsylvania Turnpike: America’s First Superhighway. This exhibit highlights the Turnpike’s contribution to the ongoing quest to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. By tunneling through the mountains rather than routing over or around them, and maintaining uniform design and construction standards across its entire length, the original 160-mile section of roadway cut travel time between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh by nearly half.

August 5
Carboniferous Forest
Hear the story of our newly renovated Carboniferous Forest from acting curator of paleontology and geology Steven Jasinski. The exhibit features all new animal specimens, interpretation, and light and sound. The background murals have been finished and provide depth to this dense, tropical environment. Come learn why the Carboniferous Period plays such an important role in Pennsylvania today.

August 12
Art of State
Explore the 49th annual Art of the State exhibition. Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories, Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper.

Learn at Lunchtime

About Learn at Lunchtime:
Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of exciting lectures and presentations. Learn at Lunchtime is included with your Museum general admission.