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Salon Series
Salon Series

It is through conversation that communities thrive. These programs are intended to bring conversation back into our modern lives – welcome to the afternoon 
Salon Series.

Inspired by the 16th Century European movement, the “salon” was an informal intellectual gathering popular through the late 19th Century. Today’s salons take many forms, from formal lectures to informal get-togethers at friends’ homes. 

These programs will draw on local speakers who want to share what they are passionate about. Our 21st Century version of the salon is a venue where local ideas matter.

Join the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center in the Civic Center Auditorium for select 1st Wednesday’s throughout the year. 
Programs begin at 3pm.

2017 Winter/Spring Salon Series

January 4
The Ephrata Army Air Base
with Mick Qualls
Established in 1939, the Ephrata Army Air Base sprang up from the sagebrush of Central Washington. Historian Mick Qualls will lead us on a journey back in time when the Ephrata Army Air Base was once training grounds for thousands of servicemen bound for Europe and the Pacific.

February 1
The Struggle is Real: Romance Fantasies, Fighting Females, and the Strong Woman Ideal in a Post-Feminist Popular Culture
with Allison Palumbo
On October 1, 1982, Remington Steele premiered on NBC, ushering in a new kind of romance fantasy for American television audiences. On the surface, the show featured private eyes catching bad guys, but it was really a story about a man and a woman trying to answer one of the biggest questions of contemporary life: is it really possible to mix business with pleasure in a world where men and women's roles have begun to blend? This question is central to my presentation on film and television narratives that feature fighting females (like cops and spies) who struggle to find successful romance as strong, independent women. I’ll address a range of media from the last thirty years, from Cagney and Lacey and Moonlighting to Bones and Castle as well as blockbuster movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Date Night. 

March 1
Wonder Woman and the Dialectic of History
with Dennis Knepp
The Wonder Woman origin story follows the dialectical pattern of G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy of history: civilization starts with only the despot free, then the Ancient Greeks learn that some people are free, and finally we moderns have proclaimed that all are free. 

April 5
The Great Northern Mainline
with Dan Bolyard
Dan Bolyard, noted railroad historian and author, will explore the former Great Northern Mainline between Wenatchee and Spokane. The presentation will incorporate historic maps, photos, and a few stories to tell about railroading on this section of line through the Columbia Basin. There might even be a few photos of wrecks and fires!

May 3
North Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands Settlers
with John Lawton
Join John Lawton as he talks about his new book about a family saga of westward migration that is told through the voices of people who lived 100 years ago by means of letters, diaries, oral history and photographs. It includes a memoir of the author's improbable discoveries as he found the stories of the grandfather he never knew. 



2017 Fall Salon Series

September 6
Ben Snipes Northwest Cattle King
with Mick Qualls
This is a story about a cattle rancher so prosperous he became known as the Northwest Cattle King. Ben Snipes built an empire supplying cattle to the gold miners in British Columbia. Follow Snipes along the 800 mile Cariboo Trail to Barkerville BC, through Ellensburg and Ephrata as he endured a series of personal tragedies.


October 4
The Homing & Touch the Earth 
with Hank Buchmann
Prize-winning poet and novelist, Hank Buchmann, will read from a variety of his works, including his latest novella, The Homing, as well as one of his Marshal Boone Crowe westerns, along with samplings of his poetry, including the award-winning Touch the Earth

There will be a book signing following the presentation. 


November 1
Music and Dance in Transylvania - A Challenge to the Digital Age
with Wayne Kraft
In village cultures, people participate directly in live events within their small community and, in other ways, practice their arts in traditional ways.  Our digital age maintains some of the old cultural features, of course, but we tend to withdraw further and further from activities that are based in the community.  Transylvanian Hungarian village cultures are rich and varied … and villagers live, so to speak, in the moment when they sing and dance.  A few video clips will provide fascinating samples of how music and dance work in the villages.