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KITTITAS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, ELLENSBURG, WA
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EVENING LECTURES


Kittitas County Historical Museum Evening Lecture Series


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. Refreshments will be served.

Our annual lecture series is certainly one not to miss!




For 2020, please note --

The 2020 [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.

In the meantime, we are putting 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, 6 PM: In partnership with the Key City Public Theatre

Get your tickets through our partner organization Key City Public Theatre at: May's Vote

To reserve your free ticket you will want to scroll down and click on Kittitas County Historical Museum. After you find the performance, you will be able to add the amount of tickets you would like (# of attendees) and then add the ticket(s) to your cart. Proceed by clicking checkout, and then continue. It will then ask you whether you would like to donate or continue, and lastly, it will ask for contact information.



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 -- For more videos, check out our YouTube channel.

    KCHM Lecture "Geology of Kittitas County" Part I





    KCHM Lecture "Means, Motivation, and Opportunity" Part I



    Keep checking back for more information.
    --- All lectures are subject to change ---

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