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MOAB INFORMATION CENTER LECTURE SERIES

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From April to November each year, the Lecture Series presents talks by regional experts about the Moab region's fascinating past and present, places and people, wildlife, plants, dinosaurs and more! All talks begin at 6:00 P.M. (unless noted otherwise) and are FREE to the public. Lectures are co-sponsored by the Museum of Moab. The Moab Information Center is conveniently located on the corner of Main & Center Streets in Moab, Utah.
  • Joel Tuhy, Thurs. April 20, 2017, 6 p.m.
    Local plant expert Joel Tuhy will share his knowledge and excitement about Moab’s rich and fascinating plant life. Among the local flora are plants that are rare, including a few that grow nowhere else in the world! Other local plants have interesting features that may not be readily apparent. Come and see some Moab area wildflowers that are rare, or interesting – or both!Read More

  • March 14, 2017 Archaeology Week
    Join Jody Patterson for his always fascinating presentation about archaeology in celebration of Utah Archaeology Week. More details coming soon!Read More
  • Navajo Sandstone anomaly

    Marjorie Chan, May 18, 2017
    The Jurassic Navajo Sandstone preserves in stone a time when extensive sand dunes covered much of southeast and southern Utah. The edge of this ancient wind-blown (eolian) desert system contains geologically unusual features well exposed near Moab.Read More

  • Illustration of the Cretaceous period in Southern Utah

    Christa Sadler, Thurs. May 11, 2017, 6 p.m.
    Join Paleontologist and educator, Christa Sadler, as she takes us on a journey to explore the extraordinary world of Southern Utah during the last part of the Age of Dinosaurs. While most of these creatures and plants would become extinct at the end of the Cretaceous, at this point in time life was flourishing, and southern Utah appears to have been a cradle of diversity and evolution. Although we see the beginnings of our modern world in this time period, we also may be able to look into the future by examining the past.

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  • WPA Federal Art Project poster

    Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived to this day; less than one tenth of one percent! Ranger Doug's Enterprises is the only source for faithful reproductions of WPA National Park serigraphed posters. Originally produced between 1938 and 1941, these sixteen (the fourteen printed in Berkeley CA plus two See America prints printed in 1935 in NYC) stunning historical national park posters have been painstakingly restored, one screen at a time and are now offered again as screened prints. Join Doug Leen, aka Ranger Doug, as he discusses the processes he uses to reproduce the WPA style prints and posters.

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  • The Mickelsen Pot discovered in Central UTah
    Utah was occupied between about 100 BC and AD 1300 by two groups of people who farmed, lived in villages, and made beautiful pottery. Archaeologically, we call them by different names, the Fremont in central and northern Utah, and the Ancestral Puebloans in southern Utah. Who were these people, and what was the nature of their relationship? The amazing discovery of a whole Ancestral Puebloan ceramic vessel in central Utah give us insights into these questions. This little pot provides us with a window into a time in ancient Utah when people were on the move and creating spheres of interaction that affected their lives in profound ways. It also reminds us about the connection between modern Puebloan people and their ancient Utah ancestors.Read More
  • Ann Axtell Morris - Art in Archaeology
    Archaeologist and artist Ann Axtell Morris accompanied her husband, archaeologist Earl Morris, on multi-year expeditions during the 1920s and 1930s in the U. S. Southwest and Mexico. She recorded architecture, rock art, murals, landscapes, Navajo lifeways, and expedition work in watercolor paintings and drawings and pioneered methods of documentation that remain in use today. Her works provide context for important sites including those of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chichen Itzá, Yucatan, and Mesa Verde National Park. The watercolors record ancient use of color in a time of black and white photography.Read More
  • Tracks at Moab's Dinosaur Stomping Grounds
    Join BLM Paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-foster to learn about where you can go to walk with the dinosaurs around Moab. ReBecca will discuss free places that you can visit to see real dinosaur bone and tracks in the Moab area. Questions such as: “What should I do if I find a dinosaur?”, “How old are these fossils?”, and “Why are all these dinosaurs preserved here?” will be answered.Read More
  • Photo by Laurie Webster
    During the 1890’s, local “cowboy” archaeologists excavated thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts from alcoves in Southeastern Utah. Most were shipped to museums outside of the Southwest, where they were largely forgotten by archaeologists and the public. In this presentation, Laurie Webster will discuss her recent research with these collections and highlight some of the extraordinary 1000 to 2000 year-old textiles, baskets, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts from sites in this region.Read More
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    Join the Director of the Clark Planetarium (in Salt Lake City), Seth Jarvis, as he takes us on a journey through the stars to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Parks system! Seth Jarvis has been an enthusiastic, amateur astronomer since he built his first telescope at the age of 12. He started working for the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City as an usher in 1978. He then went on to be one of the planetarium’s first “AstroVan” outreach astronomy lecturers and traveled to rural Utah schools. Seth became the director of the Clark Planetarium when it opened in 2003. He is the author of several programs that now play in planetariums and science centers around the world. Come explore the night sky and learn what the stars have to teach us!Read More

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