Events

April 2024

Apr20
Explore Oregon10:00 a.m.

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the...
Explore Oregon
January 14–December 29
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collective future.

Apr20
Oregon: Where Past Is Present10:00 a.m.

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Combining interactive displays with world-class...
Oregon: Where Past Is Present
January 13–December 29
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes.

Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more.

Apr20
Underwater Forests—Oregon's Kelp Ecosystems10:00 a.m.

Experience Oregon's dynamic—yet fragile—kelp forest ecosystems and learn why this species is vital to Oregon and the world. Discover the critters that call...
Underwater Forests—Oregon's Kelp Ecosystems
October 28–September 15
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience Oregon's dynamic—yet fragile—kelp forest ecosystems and learn why this species is vital to Oregon and the world. Discover the critters that call Oregon's kelp forests home, the threats facing kelp today, and what we can do to help the kelp.

Apr20
Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan10:00 a.m.

Come face-to-face with wolves! Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan, features National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan's stunning images and videos of wild wolves...
Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan
March 2–May 26
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Come face-to-face with wolves! Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan, features National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan's stunning images and videos of wild wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Ellesmere Island in the high Canadian Arctic. Created by National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the exhibit features images and videos highlighting the contrast between wolves that live in perceived competition with humans and wolves that live without human intervention. Photograph by Ronan Donovan, National Geographic Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. On exhibit in National Geographic "Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan"

Apr20
RETHINKING LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS1:00 p.m.

With the rise in popularity of land acknowledgements, Indigenous artist Steph Littlebird asks us to reexamine this trend and go beyond the statement. What comes after we...
RETHINKING LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
April 20
1:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

With the rise in popularity of land acknowledgements, Indigenous artist Steph Littlebird asks us to reexamine this trend and go beyond the statement. What comes after we acknowledge the land and its Native stewards? How can individuals and institutions contribute to lasting changes and be true allies for Indigenous communities? Learn more about Oregon Native history, contemporary Indigenous identities, how to look critically at land acknowledgements, and move beyond words toward action. 

Apr21
Ocean Adventure FAMILY DAY10:00 a.m.

Bring the whole family and dive under the waves to discover Oregon’s amazing marine life! With hands-on activities about ocean environments and the animals that call them...
Ocean Adventure FAMILY DAY
April 21
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Bring the whole family and dive under the waves to discover Oregon’s amazing marine life! With hands-on activities about ocean environments and the animals that call them home, Ocean Adventure Family Day is perfect for ages three and up. Explore the museum, learn about ocean ecosystems, and enjoy the snacks! Activities are bilingual Spanish/English.

Apr22
Earth Day Celebration10:00 a.m.

On Earth Day, we celebrate Earth’s ecosystems, honor the achievements of the environmental movement and recognize the importance of ongoing stewardship. Join us for an...
Earth Day Celebration
April 22
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

On Earth Day, we celebrate Earth’s ecosystems, honor the achievements of the environmental movement and recognize the importance of ongoing stewardship. Join us for an afternoon of special Walk & Talks, plus celebratory cupcakes! Walk & Talks begin at noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m.

Stop by the museum store and pick up a signed copy of MNCH executive director, Dr. Todd Braje’s newly released book, Understanding Imperiled Earth.

Apr24
Recent Discoveries from the Archaeology of Mission Sites in the Mangareva Islands of Polynesia3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a talk by James L. Flexner, Associate Professor of Historical Archaeology and Heritage, University of Sydney, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 3:30 PM in the...
Recent Discoveries from the Archaeology of Mission Sites in the Mangareva Islands of Polynesia
April 24
3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History Galleria

Please join us for a talk by James L. Flexner, Associate Professor of Historical Archaeology and Heritage, University of Sydney, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 3:30 PM in the Museum of Natural and Cultural History Galleria. 

The archaeology of Catholic missions is a subject of global research, including the Pacific Rim from the California hills to remote Pacific Islands. Beginning in 1834, a group of Catholic priests and lay builders under the auspices of the Pères des Sacrés Coeurs established a mission in the Mangareva Islands (also called Îles Gambier) in what is today French Polynesia. In the subsequent decades, the missionaries and their Polynesian converts constructed churches and shrines on each of the main inhabited islands; a royal complex for the “king” Maputeoa; towers and other monuments; and dozens of stone houses for Christian Islanders. Remarkably, this landscape of conversion and culture change remains largely in place today, albeit in a state of ruination. This talk presents the current findings of an ongoing four-year project investigating the archaeology of the Catholic mission in the Mangareva Islands and relevant cultural collections around the world. Archaeological survey and excavations during 2022 and 2023 documented dozens of 19th century mission structures, from the grand cathedral in Rikitea to the boys’ school at Aukena Island, to local sites of food production such as bread ovens and pits for the making and preserving of popoe (fermented breadfruit paste). This research highlights themes of transformation, but also adaptation and resilience during a century of dramatic encounters with others in Oceania.

Apr25
MNCH Annual Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Join museum director Todd Braje for an evening of food, drink, and celebration of connections to the deep past. Todd Braje will discuss archaeology’s incredible potential to...
MNCH Annual Dinner
April 25
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Ford Alumni Center Ballroom

Join museum director Todd Braje for an evening of food, drink, and celebration of connections to the deep past. Todd Braje will discuss archaeology’s incredible potential to help us understand, evaluate, and remediate the environmental challenges we now face. Come by the museum or complete the online webform to reserve your tickets today!

Tickets are on sale now. Seating is limited and reservations will be required. Contact Ruth Hyde at rhyde@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1671 for more information, or to reserve your ticket

May 2024

May3
Free First Friday at the Museum10:00 a.m.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its...
Free First Friday at the Museum
September 1–August 2
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.

May5
Native Plant Tour1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with a walk and talk in and around the museum's Glenn Starlin Native Plant Courtyard guided by members of Native Plant Society of Oregon, Emerald Chapter....
Native Plant Tour
May 5
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History Garden

Celebrate the season with a walk and talk in and around the museum's Glenn Starlin Native Plant Courtyard guided by members of Native Plant Society of Oregon, Emerald Chapter. With more than 40 species, the courtyard offers a rich array of plant life that have supported thriving Indigenous cultures for millennia

May9
Meet an Archaeologist!5:30 p.m.

Have you wondered what it is like to be an archaeologist? Drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. to chat with MNCH archaeologists Todd Braje (MNCH), Scott Fitzpatrick...
Meet an Archaeologist!
May 9
5:30–9:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Have you wondered what it is like to be an archaeologist? Drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. to chat with MNCH archaeologists Todd Braje (MNCH), Scott Fitzpatrick (University of Oregon), Richie Rosencrance (University of Nevada, Reno) and Jordan Pratt (Texas A&M University) and Katelyn McDonough (MNCH and University of Oregon). Get a book signed, learn about their research, see artifacts, and discover how learning about the past can help us understand the present.

 

Books available for purchase:

· Understanding Imperiled Earth: How Archaeology and Human History Inform a Sustainable Future

· Current Perspectives on Stemmed and Fluted Technologies in the American Far West

· Sustainability in Ancient Island Societies: An Archaeology of Human Resilience

May10
Graduate Research Forum10:00 a.m.

The Division of Graduate Studies invites you to a one-day conference showcasing the research, scholarship, and creative expressions of UO graduate students. The forum regularly...
Graduate Research Forum
May 10
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Ford Alumni Center

The Division of Graduate Studies invites you to a one-day conference showcasing the research, scholarship, and creative expressions of UO graduate students. The forum regularly showcases the work of more than 100 students representing more than 35 disciplines. Join us for the popular poster session and the panel presentations!

To participate, all graduate-level students are invited to submit a proposal by April 17, 2024. All accepted posters will be judged. Posters are categorized by field; first place in each category will win $300. Panels will instead be pre-selected. All accepted panels will receive $250 per panelist.

For more information, go to https://graduatestudies.uoregon.edu/forum

May16
Ducks Give: Paleontology at MNCH2:00 p.m.

Meet students working in the museum’s paleontology lab, see the fossils they are working on, and learn about their student research projects. Join the flock! Instead of...
Ducks Give: Paleontology at MNCH
May 16
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Meet students working in the museum’s paleontology lab, see the fossils they are working on, and learn about their student research projects. Join the flock! Instead of admission, make a donation to support student employees and interns working in the fossil collections as part of the museum’s Ducks Give campaign.

May23
Book Talk: Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest6:00 p.m.

The Clark Honors College and Oregon Forensics welcomes Dr. Marc Robinson to discuss his 2024 book Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest...
Book Talk: Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest
May 23–24
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Multiple - see description

The Clark Honors College and Oregon Forensics welcomes Dr. Marc Robinson to discuss his 2024 book Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest documenting the origins, actions, and impact of the Black Student Union (BSU) in Washington from 1967 to 1970.

 

Dr. Robinson will give two public lectures followed by questions and discussion.

 

May 23rd at 6:00pm

  Museum of Cultural and Natural History, 1680 E 15th Ave

 

May 24th at 3:00pm

  Browsing Room at the Knight Library

 

Dr. Robinson, a professor of history at UC San Bernardino, was an Equity, Inclusion, and Justice fellow at the college in 2023.

 

This event is sponsored by Oregon Forensics through the McMains Contrarian Forum.

May23
From the Freedom Rides to Seattle’s Black Student Union: Connecting the Pacific Northwest to the Larger Black Freedom Struggle6:00 p.m.

In 1968, the Black Student Union (BSU) at the University of Washington led a pivotal campaign for institutional reform. Join historian Marc Robinson as he uncovers the connections...
From the Freedom Rides to Seattle’s Black Student Union: Connecting the Pacific Northwest to the Larger Black Freedom Struggle
May 23
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

In 1968, the Black Student Union (BSU) at the University of Washington led a pivotal campaign for institutional reform. Join historian Marc Robinson as he uncovers the connections between the BSU in Seattle—especially its Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee—and the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Book signing to follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Marc Robinson is an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and author of Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest.