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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.

Inyo County Reading Program

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.’”

Big Pine Basket Weaving

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.”

Jack Fisher

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


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!

Norman Clyde Brochure

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.

Abraham Hoffman Brochure