About the Author and Filmmaker: Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold is a California and Great Basin anthropologist and archaeologist. He is also the Founder and Director of the California Rock Art Foundation - the only statewide organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of the rock art of California.
Dr. Garfinkel has authored five books including the Prehistory of Kern County, Archaeology and Rock Art, and Handbook of the Kawaiisu, and has formally published over 50 scientific articles in various academic journals. He most recently completed the documentary film, Talking Stone, with Emmy and Oscar award-winning cinematographer, Paul Goldsmith.
Please join us--you won’t want to miss this intriguing and engaging documentary! A big “thank you” goes out to our Friends of the Eastern California Museum sponsors. For more information, contact the Eastern California Museum at 760-878-0258.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10a.m. – 6 p.m. “Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Eastern Sierra”. Be sure to join us at the Eastern California Museum for this one-day field class in the beautiful Eastern Sierra and explore the rich flora that makes up the stunning landscape of the “Eastside”. Clinical herbalist and educator Tellur Fenner will guide us along the way, educating the group on plant identification, along with their medicinal, edible and utilitarian uses. This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Eastern California Museum and there is a $20 per person fee. Class space is limited so please secure a reservation by contacting the Eastern California Museum at 760-878-0258, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
TELLUR FENNER has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. Tellur attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies, and received his Bachelor's Degree from Prescott College where he majored in Western Herbalism. As an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, he believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, ethnobotany, botanical pharmacy, human physiology, phytochemistry, and other medical sciences. Tellur is an avid camper/hiker, a skilled and experienced outdoor trip leader, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center located in Oakland, CA.
For more information please contact the Eastern California Museum at 760-878-0258.
2015 Norman Clyde Birthday Bash
2015 Annual Meeting
BIG 3-DAY HOLIDAY SALE
Strap on your skis or hop on your sled and head to the Eastern California Museum anytime from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th for our 3rd annual holiday sale! This year we’ll be providing complimentary gift wrapping as an added thank-you to our guests, as well as a jaw-dropping spread of delicious treats! And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, on Saturday, December 6th we’ll be hosting local author Charles Morfin who will be giving a presentation at 1:00 PM and signing copies of his new book, Location Filming in the Alabama Hills. Stick around after his talk for the Independence Tree Lighting at 5:30 PM at the LADWP Park on W. Market St./Onion Valley Rd.
Inyo County Library Reading Program: Paws to Read
Please join us on Wednesday, October 29th at 3:00 at the museum for the Paws to Read reading program, which is supported by the Inyo County Free Libraries and the Eastern California Museum. This meeting’s theme will focus on National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and, of course, Halloween! Please remember to bring your folder with you! If you have not attended a previous event, you are more than welcome to show up and participate! Please call (760) 878-0258 if you have any questions.
Author Event: Elizabeth Kenneday
Join us at the museum on Saturday, September 27th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for
a presentation, Q&A session, and book signing with authoress Elizabeth Kenneday
for her first book, Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $65.
In Regarding Mono Lake Elizabeth has chosen to focus on the “novelty and delight” found in the Mono Basin area. Featuring 56 of her panoramic photos alongside captivating stories of human interaction with the lake and its surroundings, Regarding Mono Lake is the first cultural and art history book of this fascinating and multilayered region.
Inyo County Library Reading Program: Paws to Read
Please join us on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:00 at the museum for the Paws to Read reading program, which is supported by the Inyo County Free Libraries and the Eastern California Museum. This meeting’s topic is chipmunks, squirrels, and rodents (oh my!). Please remember to bring your folder with you! If you have not attended a previous event, you are more than welcome to show up and participate! Please call (760) 878-0258 if you have any questions.
Big Pine Basket Weavers
We are honored to announce that on Saturday, August 30th from 11:00 to 3:00 at the
Eastern California Museum the Big Pine Indian Education Center will be holding their
basket weaving class. All are welcome to observe this multi-generational group as
they continue to keep alive the traditional art of basket making. Weavers include
Terri Bowers, Echo Garza, Charlotte Bacoch, Jessica Bacoch, Charlotte David, Kelly David,
Evelyn Miller, Davina Miller, Gabriel McDarmott, Cheryl Levine, Rosie Moose, Tanya BigPond,
Gina Peterson, Ciera Peterson, and Kathorey Bencoma.
“We as basket weavers have come together to continue to keep our tradition of basket making alive and to live on through our next generations. We have committed and pledged ourselves to learn, teach, and pass on the art and skills of basket weaving so that it will not die out. We are keeping our Paiute traditions alive as ‘We Are Still Here.’”
Inyo County Library Reading Program: Paws to Read
Please join us on Wednesday, August 27th at 3:00 at the museum for the Paws to Read reading program, which is supported by the Inyo County Free Libraries and the Eastern California Museum. This week’s topic is endangered and extinct animals. Previous attendees: please remember to bring your folder with you! If you have not attended a previous event, you are more than welcome to show up and participate! Please call (760) 878-0258 if you have any questions.
Author Event: Jack Fisher
Join us at the museum on Saturday, August 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for a talk, Q&A session, and book signing with author Jack Fisher for his new book, Stopping the Road: The Campaign Against Another Trans-Sierra Highway. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $19.95.
Physician, historian, and professor emeritus, Jack Fisher, calls his newest book, Stopping the Road, a “labor of love for California’s Eastern Sierra.” It recounts local citizens’ fifty-year battle to stop the construction of yet another road through the pristine wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, which is home to three national parks, twenty wilderness areas, and two national monuments. It is a particularly timely book as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which ensured that the American people would always have access to places where “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
Annual Friends of the Eastern California Museum Deep-Pit Beef Barbeque
The Friends of the Eastern California Museum (FECM) will host its annual deep-pit beef barbeque and party on Saturday, May 10, starting at 4 p.m., at the museum in Independence. The public is cordially invited to enjoy the afternoon of good food, in the form of deep pit beef, beans, salads and drinks (a vegetarian meal is available), good music provided by Sandy and the High Country, and historic family fun. The cost for the feast and fun is $12 for adults and $8 for youngsters and seniors (beer and wine is extra). The annual community event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant St., three blocks west of the Historic Courthouse in Independence. For more information, call 760-878-0258 or 760-873-8583, or visit www.fecm.org.
Norman Clyde Birthday Bash
Join us at the Eastern California Museum in Independence (155 N. Grant St.) on Saturday, April 19th for a party celebrating the 129th birthday of world-famous mountaineer, climber, and author Norman Clyde. We’ll kick the party off at 11:00 AM with a short “Pack with Legs” Fun Walk ( < 1 mile). Don’t forget to pack your anvil—we’ll be giving a prize to the heaviest pack! There will be free food and drinks (hot dogs, pork & beans, chips, etc.), live music all afternoon by the Idle Hands, a vintage camping and outdoor gear exhibition courtesy of Peter Ireland, and talks by Denny Kruska, Phil Pister, and Dan Lauria. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Author Event: Abraham Hoffman
Join us at the American Legion Hall in Independence (205 S. Edwards St.) on Saturday, April 12th at 7:00 PM for a presentation and Q&A session with author Abraham Hoffman for his new book, Mono: From Dead Sea to Environmental Treasure. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for $35. Cash or check only, no debit or credit cards will be accepted.
From the dust jacket: Mono Lake is one of the largest lakes in California, and Californians have been using it, enjoying it, and abusing it since nomadic northern Paiutes began hunting the lake’s vast bird populations. Controversy between environmentalists and the City of Los Angeles brought so much attention to Mono in the late twentieth century that it became best known for its appearance on “Save Mono Lake” bumper stickers. This thoughtful study is the first book to explore the lake’s environmental and cultural history.