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The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center's Speakers Series brings you the best in historic and special interest presentations from speakers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Watch for book signings and special discounts on all books in the Museum Store during select programs.

All evening speaker programs begin at 7:00 PM and are hosted in the Civic Center Auditorium.

All programs are FREE admission.

The Speakers Series is made possible through the generosity of our members, donations and the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Know of an excellent speaker? Contact us at and tell us, we'd love to hear from you.  

Spring Speakers Series

April 6, 2017

Washington State Poet Laureate
with Tod Marshall
Sponsored in part by Humanities Washington

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall as he builds awareness and appreciation of poetry – including the state’s legacy of poetry – through this presentation.

Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002). The poet laureate is sponsored by Humanities Washington and The Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee. 

April 13, 2017
Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers
with Trillium - 239
Sponsored in part by Humanities Washington

Real people and real experiences are the foundation of folk music and stories, and are codified in the lasting representations found in our oral histories. Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers’ experiences.

Trillium-239 is an acoustic music trio made up of Michelle Cameron on cello, Janet Humphrey on guitar, and Mary Hartman on guitar and banjo. Their educational backgrounds of music and science, combined with years of traveling and delving into Northwest history, have allowed them to absorb colorful local and regional lore and given them a unique perspective on the working experience both past and present. Humphrey and Hartman have played music together for more than 20 years, and Cameron joined the group when she moved to Richland twelve years ago. Formerly known as Humphrey, Hartman & Cameron, the trio has played at concerts, coffeehouses, and festivals throughout the Northwest. Trillium-239 is based in Richland.

April 20, 2017
What It Means to be Human: What We Know about Our Ancient Predecessors
with Llyn De Danaan
Sponsored in part by Humanities Washington

Deep caves, adorned with representations of long extinct animals and strewn with the ashy remains of ancient hearths and stone tools, are portals to knowledge of our selves.

As more age-old dwellings and remains of our ancient inhabitants are discovered, the story of what it means to be human becomes more intriguing and complex. Author and cultural anthropologist Llyn De Danaan explores our origins and how they help us define what it means to be human, and examines recent finds that have altered our understanding of our past. Further, what will it mean to be human in the future as new technologies challenge our own intelligence and hard-won skills? Wonder together what the future holds.

LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist, writer, and photographer. Her eclectic experiences include co-producing a film about basket makers Louisa Pulsifer and Emily Miller of the Skokomish Tribe, working with Japanese American poets and their families on a project called “Mountain of Shell” that describes their lives and labor on Oyster Bay in southern Puget Sound, and producing a book of literary history called Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1962-64, and joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College in 1971. Among De Danaan’s accolades are a Fulbright scholarship and the Washington State Historical Society’s Peace and Friendship Award. She was an expert witness for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. De Danaan lives in Shelton.

April 27, 2017

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth? 
with David George Gordon
Sponsored in part by Humanities Washington

Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch—a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid—for hundreds of years. Yet aside from a collection of large footprint casts and a sizable assemblage of eyewitness accounts, some attributable to the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being’s existence.

Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature.

David George Gordon is the author of The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America’s Most Elusive Creature. An accomplished science communicator, he has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in San Francisco, Hollywood, and Times Square. He has been interviewed by National Geographic, Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and appeared as a guest on television shows that include The Late Late Show with James Corden, The View, and ABC’s Nightline. Gordon lives in Seattle.