Tuesdays at 4 PM ET: Lofi History
Historians Glen Kyle and Marie Walker take your history questions from the chat while Libba Beaucham plays cool electronic music! Watch on Twitch, Facebook Live, or YouTube Live.
May the 4th (Be with You) - A Celebration of 44 Years of Star Wars
Tuesday, May 4th at 4 PM ET
May the 4th be with you! Join Star Wars geeks Glen and Matt for a fun and free livestream program about the production history of the Star Wars franchise and the beloved (and not so beloved!) characters of Star Wars.
Rerun Livestream: Cinco de Mayo History & Crafts
Wednesday, May 5th at 2 PM ET
Join Diana Mancilla as she presents on the history behind Cinco de Mayo. Afterward, Sophie Monsibais will lead a crafting demonstration on how to create a piñata! Great for all ages. See supply list below. Supply List: Cardboard A box cutter Hot glue gun & stick Scissors A glue stick Tissue or construction paper googly eyes (optional)
Members Livestream: Getting Dressed - 18th Century Robe a la Française Friday, May 7th at 2 PM ET Join Marie as she gets dressed in a robe a la Française. Robes à la française were popular throughout the period between 1720 and 1780. The robe à la française was derived from the loose negligee sacque dress of the earlier part of the century, which was pleated from the shoulders at the front at the back. The silhouette, composed of a funnel-shaped bust feeding into wide rectangular skirts, was inspired by Spanish designs of the previous century and allowed for expansive amounts of textiles with delicate Rococo curvilinear decoration. The wide skirts, which were often open at the front to expose a highly decorated underskirt, were supported by panniers created from padding and hoops of different materials such as cane, baleen or metal. The robes à la française are renowned for the beauty of their textiles, the cut of the back employing box pleats and skirt decorations, known as robing's, which showed endless imagination and variety.
Rerun Livestream: Meet Thomas Jefferson Wednesday, May 12th at 2 PM ET In this re-run livestream, historian Glen Kyle portrays Thomas Jefferson. Learn about Jefferson's life and time from the former President himself at his home at Monticello during this free livestream for all ages.
Members Livestream: In a Nutshell - Money, Credit, and Banking in Early America Friday, May 14th at 2 PM ET Today we take for granted how easy it is to conduct financial transactions, whether we're paying with cash, check, or credit card. But it wasn't always so: in early America, money was scarce, unreliable, possibly worthless; banks could (and did) fail with frightening regularity; and paying with credit was remarkably complicated. If you want to know the difference between a shinplaster, specie, and a greenback tune in... if for no other reason than to find out how fortunate we are in 2021 to be able to pay for groceries without referencing three different documents!
Rerun Livestream: The Vietnam War Wednesday, May 19th at 2 PM ET Join historian Glen Kyle during this livestream program on the Vietnam War. Glen will be taking questions from viewers in the chat on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. We recommend this program for ages 13 and up but all are welcome to watch!
Members Livestream: 19th Century Frying Pan Recipes Friday, May 21st at 2 PM ET Join Marie as she demonstrates 19th century recipes using the frying pan! Marie will be making Johnnycake during the program. Johnnycake is a cornmeal flatbread. An early American staple food, it is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica. The food originates from the indigenous people of North America.
Rerun Livestream: Meet William Clark Wednesday, May 26th at 2PM ET In this re-run livestream, historian Glen Kyle portrays Captain William Clark of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Learn about the Corps of Discovery, the challenges along the way, and the invaluable guidance of Sacagawea during this free livestream. Great for all ages!
Members Livestream: Exhibits 101 - How the History Center Creates Historic Displays Friday, May 28th at 2 PM ET We all know museums have exhibits... but what exactly goes in to making them? Executive Director Glen Kyle is going to draw on twenty years of experience to share with us how exhibits are chosen, developed, and built. You'll never be able to look at a historic display the same way again!