The Journey Museum and Learning Forum Series ‘American Bison – A Survival Story’ Presented By Susan Ricci

 

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Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

February 2, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Feb. 12 titled ‘American Bison – A Survival Story’. Susan Ricci, museum director of the Museum of the American Bison, will take audience members through the incredible survival story of the buffalo, an animal that was once 60 million strong.

‘American Bison – A Survival Story’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Susan Ricci, museum director of the Museum of the American Bison, will discuss the early decline of buffalo, its cultural significance to the tribes of North America, and the eventual restoration and efforts that saved the animal from extinction.

The buffalo once numbered almost 60 million strong across North America but by the end of the 1800s, there were less than 1000 buffalo left. Susan’s presentation will follow the early decline of the buffalo from the fur trade to its near extermination during western settlement. Susan will explore the cultural significance of the buffalo to the tribes of North America and the impact that the loss of these animals had on Native people. Susan will also discuss the eventual restoration of the buffalo and the efforts of a few men and women that saved this animal from extinction.

Susan Ricci developed the Museum of the American Bison, a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Plains bison from its prehistoric beginnings to its near extermination and subsequent restoration in North America. The museum is located at Crazy Horse Memorial Mountain.

Susan provides mobile bison museum presentations to schools in Montana and South Dakota and has been providing lectures on bison restoration and Native American buffalo culture at wildlife conferences and community events across the country for the past 15 years.

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University, where she majored in History and Sociology with a minor in American Indian Studies. She currently works as a grant writer at Crazy Horse.

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a fortyfive minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and a student is FREE with an accompanying paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

“The Making of Dignity” A Presentation By South Dakota Artist Laureate and Sculptor of Dignity Dale Claude Lamphere,

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RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Jan. 15 titled ‘The Making of Dignity’. Dale Lamphere, sculptor of ‘Dignity’. the 50’ sculpture that overlooks the Missouri River near Chamberlain, SD, will discuss the process of making this incredible piece of art and will be joined by members of his fabrication crew and the three models he used to create ‘Dignity’.

‘The Making of Dignity’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. South Dakota Artist Laureate and sculptor of ‘Dignity’, Dale Claude Lamphere, will be joined by his fabrication crew: Tom Trople, Andy Roltgen, Grant Standard and Brook Loobey and his three models: Sayna Trujillo, Sydney Claymore and Cante Heart. Lamphere’s wife, Jane Murphy, will be present to talk about the dedication ceremony.

Standing at a crossroads, ‘Dignity’ echoes the interaction of earth, sky and people. It brings to light the beauty and promise of the indigenous people and culture that still thrive in this land.

This soaring 50’ sculpture weighs 14 tons and is created entirely of stainless steel. The star quilt, an important symbol among the Lakota and Dakota people’s, is made of 128 diamonds, each 4’ long and painted in the colors of the sky and water that surround her. ‘Dignity’ is designed so the wind and sun move through her. At night, internal LED lighting shines through perforated stainless steel and illuminate the beadwork on her dress and leggings.

In the words of sculptor Lamphere, “I want to express the strength and grace of the human spirit using timeless design, contemporary materials and innovative technique. The intent is to have the sculpture stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that all here are sacred, and in a sacred place.”

Dale Claude Lamphere has completed over fifty major public commissions from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., to the Eisenhower Medical Center and the City of Burbank in California. Recent creations have been placed in Chicago, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and Dallas.

In 2015, South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, named Lamphere the South Dakota Artist Laureate, a position that has been vacant since the 1983 death of Oscar Howe, who was given the honor in 1954. Lamphere has also received the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award and the Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and FREE for students (ages 6 – 17) with a paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
222 New York Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

605-394-6923

Aces and Eights Classic Country Music LIVE at The Journey Museum and Learning Center

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RAPID CITY, SD – If you are looking for artists that will bring the nostalgia of real country music to the stage, you won’t need to look any further than Aces & Eights Classic Country Music! The Journey Museum & Learning Center is proud to announce that the classic country duo will be LIVE in concert at The Journey on Saturday, December 3,2016.

Doors for Aces & Eights Classic Country Music will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a social hour and cash bar and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. Aces & Eights is a duo formed by Harland Allen & Kim Bachman and are committed to bringing back the roots of country music. Listeners find themselves on a journey back to a simpler time when country music was authentic; no fluff added. This very tradition reveals itself in the masterful guitar licks, old time banjo, and sweet mandolin melodies in correlation with the strong leads and beautiful harmonies of Aces & Eights.

Aces & Eights Classic Country Music received 2016 CD of the Year from two organizations; National Traditional Country Music Association and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.

Harland Allen was born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Lakewood, Colorado. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins and several other Folk and Country music artists from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He started his first garage band in Junior High School and spent his teenage years playing Rock and Roll. Returning to his Country and Folk roots he played as a soloist at local night clubs and lounges. His first gig for money was in 1977 at The Ground Round Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, CO. He continued to perform at local clubs and lounges playing acoustic guitar and singing songs by people like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, The Eagles and a variety of Country and Folk music. Over the years Harland has performed as a soloist and in a number of duos, trios, four and five piece bands. He now lives in Sturgis, SD with his wife and family.

Kimberly Bachman grew up in Iowa on a farm. She bought her first guitar with her money from working in the fields all summer. Kim was surrounded by country music. Family tradition entailed Saturday night gatherings around the kitchen table when relatives would come over to visit and play music. She is firmly rooted in the country music of the 60’s and 70’s with a strong alto voice that carries one back to the day of the women who were the true legends of country music. Kim also plays the banjo and the mandolin, sings lead and harmony. Over the past ten years, she has filled in with a number of small bands until she found her true country niche with Aces & Eights. She lives in Belle Fourche, SD with her husband and family.

Admission for Aces & Eights Classic Country Music is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, 1/2 off for members and FREE for students 5-17 with paid adult/senior admission.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Journey Museum learning Forum Series Isaiah Dorman – Myths and Mysteries

 

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Nov. 13 titled ‘Isaiah Dorman: Myths & Mysteries’. Dr. Lilah Morton Pengra will discuss the misinformation, racism and mistranslation that obscured Isaiah Dorman’s life story for 40 years, the only African American killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Other than the only African American killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn, who was Isaiah Dorman? Isaiah Dorman: Myths & Mysteries’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Dr. Lilah Morton Pengra, author of the book Isaiah Dorman: Interpreting the Evidence, will tell how misinformation, racism and mistranslation has obscured Isaiah Dorman’s life story for 140 years. Her 15-year search required the skills of a detective and anthropologist to find and interpret linguistic and cultural clues. Her conclusion challenges how we “do history” in a multicultural world.

Dr. Lilah Morton Pengra, as an applied medical anthropologist, she consulted internationally with local communities on solving problems of cross-cultural communication between western medical service providers and indigenous people. She now applies her sill in identifying cultural differences that lead to misinterpretation and conflict to understanding historical documents from the multi-cultural American West, especially in the 19th century.

Her latest book, Isaiah Dorman: Interpreting the Evidence, premiered in July this year. Dorman was the only African American killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Historians of that event recorded little about his life prior to 1876; one writer even conjectured that he must have been a runaway slave. Pengra searched for 15 years and located bits of evidence at over 50 museums and archives in 19 states to reconstruct his biography.

Dr. Pengra’s previous publications include Your Values, My Values: Multicultural Services in Developmental Disabilities (Paul Brookes Publishing, 2000), Corporals, Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and Surrounding Areas (Lune House Publishing, 2006) and Sarah Campbell: The First White Woman in the Black Hills was African American (Lune House Publishing, 2009).

Dr. Pengra earned a B.A. in anthropology at Grinnell College, IA, M.A.s in African Studies and anthropology, a PhD in anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did post-doc research in medical anthropology at South Dakota Tech, Rapid City.

Dr. Lilah Morton Pengra lives on Lame Johnny Creek near Buffalo Gap, SD, with her husband and 3 cats in an underground, passive solar home that they designed and built. Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, and half-off for members (includes museum admission).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys.

Make sure to visit www. journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

SDPB’s Science Steve at The Journey Museum and Learning Center Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

 

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series titled, ‘SDPB’s  Science Steve’, slated for this Sunday, Oct. 16, featuring Steve Rokusek. Also as a special treat, Buddy from SDPB’s Dinosaur Train will be in attendance for kids to meet him! Children and students are FREE with a paid adult or senior admission.

‘SDPB’s Science Steve’ will begin at 2 p.m. in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. SDPB’s Science Guy, Steven Rokusek, will use humor and 15 incredibly fascinating demonstrations to bring dry theorems and scientific laws to life.

Steven Rokusek is originally from Tyndall, SD. He graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in Biology and Computer Education. Steven has experience in teaching physics, physical science, anatomy, biology and earth science. He has received the Golden Apple Award for Teachers, the Who’s Who Among Teachers Award, the Archdiocese of Omaha Teacher of the Year Award and a Regional Emmy Nomination. He is also the recipient of the 2016 South Dakota School Age Care Alliance SACCY Award.

Steven develops resource materials for specific content areas and then provides in-service training (workshops) at schools and education conferences across the state for both educational staff and parents. He also creates weekly electronic education newsletter for teachers and parents.

Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans, as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology.

Buddy will be available to take pictures prior to the forum and after the program is completed. The Buddy Dinosaur Train mascot is courtesy of Liv Hospitality and SDPB.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Sequoia Crosswhite and Native Americans’ Day at The Journey Museum and Learning Center

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Sequoia Crosswhite. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Oct. 9 titled ‘Sequoia Crosswhite’, featuring artist Sequoia Crosswhite, as well as a full day of educational programming on Monday, Oct. 10 in celebration of Native Americans’ Day 2016.

Learning Forum: ‘Sequoia Crosswhite’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Sequoia Crosswhite is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a descendent of Chief War Eagle and Chief Swift Cloud. He is an accomplished musician, grass dancer and historian, and his handmade flutes and musical recordings uphold the traditions of his Lakota ancestors. Much of his music is a fusion of hip-hop, rock, and lyrics about Indian heritage and contemporary life.

On Native Americans’ Day Monday, Oct. 10, enjoy special, interactive Bison Box Discovery Expedition experiences, Lakota Star Knowledge, and Journey Into Space: Lakota Constellations. Discovery Expedition: Bison Box will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Lakota Star Knowledge will be at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Journey Into Space: Lakota Constellations will be at 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, and half-off for members (includes museum admission).

Native Americans’ Day programming is included in regular museum admission or FREE for members The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys.

Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

South Dakota Democracy in Action Will Host Ballot Forums at The Journey Museum

RAPID CITY, SD – South Dakota Democracy in Action, a progressive women’s organization that works for a better world, will host two public forums on September 15 and October 13 at to discuss the constitutional amendments, initiated measures and referred laws on the 2016 fall ballot.

There is an unusually large number of constitutional amendments, initiated measures and referred laws on the 2016 fall ballot. In an effort to understand the ramification of these ten issues South Dakota Democracy in Action is hosting forums in September and October to discuss these more in depth.

The first of these forums will be at the Journey Museum & Learning Center on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This forum will focus on ballot issues related to voting including Constitution Amendment T – non-political redistricting, Constitutional Amendment V – nonpartisan elections, Initiated Measurer 22 – campaign finance and lobbying reform, and Referred Law 19 – changes to nominating petitions. Speakers at the September forum will be John Tsitrian, Chuck Parkinson, Don Frankenfeld, Ina Winter, Jay Davis and Nick Reid.

October speakers will be announced soon. There will be time for questions from the audience at each forum.

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact: Karen Miller, (605) 430-3489. The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

South Dakota Democracy in Action To Celebrate Women’s Equality Day at The Journey Museum

RAPID CITY, SD – The progressive women’s organization, South Dakota Democracy in Action, is celebrating Women’s Equality Day 2016 at The Journey Museum & Learning Center with a screening of the 2015 film “Suffragette” and reception on Friday, Aug. 26.

In 1971, the US Congress designated Aug. 26 of each year to be Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. South Dakota Democracy in Action, a progressive women’s organization that works for a better world, will celebrate Women’s Equality Day 2016 on Friday, Aug. 26 with a screening of the 2015 film “Suffragette” at 6:45 p.m. in The Journey Museum & Learning Center’s Wells Fargo Theater at 222 New York Street in Rapid City. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

“Suffragette” is the story of the British struggle to gain the vote for women. Women and men were finally granted equal voting rights in the United Kingdom in 1928. The film stars Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, and Meryl Streep.

The official website for the movie provides the following synopsis: A drama that tracks the story of the early foot soldiers of the feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse in an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

This event is free and open to the public

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

The Journey Museum and Learning Center Announces its Inaugural “A Monumental Day” Event

 

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum & Learning Center is very excited to announce its inaugural “A Monumental Day” event, set for Tuesday, July 5, a day packed with special programming to celebrate what makes our country and our state truly ‘monumental’.

On Tuesday, July 5, The Journey Museum & Learning Center is celebrating its “A Monumental Day” event, with appearances from: the Mount Rushmore Mascots; Jean Patrick, award-winning author of “Who Carved the Mountain?”; Richard Cerasani, award-winning author of “Love Letters From Mount Rushmore”; Gib Young, enactor from the Theodore Roosevelt Association; and the National Parks Service Education Team.

Toddler Tuesday will kick-off the event at 10:30 a.m. with the Mount Rushmore Mascots and Jean Patrick, entertaining the museum’s youngest visitors. At 11:30 a.m., Richard Cerasani will take the stage in the Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater for his nostalgic presentation of “What’s in Your Attic?”. Gib Young will start the afternoon half of programming at 2 p.m. with his re-enactment of the Father of National Parks, Teddy Roosevelt, in a special “Meet the Legends” presentation. At 4 p.m., The National Parks Service Education Team will close the event with a celebration of 100 years of the National Parks.

As a special treat, “A Monumental Day” programming is included in regular museum admission or FREE for museum members.

For more information and details about this event or other items, be sure to call (605) 394-6923 or email visserv@journeymuseum.org.

The Journey Museum and Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

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