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From Cape Horn to Cape Town, a Return to Antarctica
By Sandy Rogers, Archaeology Curator
Janet Westbrook, Professor of Biology at Cerro Coso Community College and world traveler, will be presenting a lecture on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum on her recent trip to Antarctica and the South Pacific. Join Janet and hear about yet another journey (her third) to Antarctica and the South Atlantic. In February, the National Geographic/Lindblad Explorer ship needed to be "repositioned" from South America to Africa, so this four-week journey stopped by the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and a little tiny remote island of Tristan da Cunah in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean on its way to Cape Town, South Africa. See incredible scenery, leopard seals, fur seals, penguins, and, of course, lots of ice and amazing sunsets in this little-traveled part of our globe.
Store Sale Dates Change Members, take note! The dates for the annual year-end sale have been changed. This year's dates are November 1 through November 22.
Visit the Museum to see exceptional merchandise especially selected for your
shopping pleasure. Shelves are well stocked with new products as well as some of your favorite items. Discounts will vary depending on category of merchandise. Bring your list! Shop early for best selection!
Hamil Ma Exhibition
By Andrea Pelch, Gallery Coordinator
The Sylvia Winslow Art Gallery’s next artist is one of our favorite "local" guys – Hamil Ma. Even though he is now on the east coast, he still amazes us with his watercolors of scenery from our area. He is adding new items such as portraits of people from his current area and scenes from world travels. The reception for the show is Friday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. The show will be in the gallery from Saturday, November 14, through Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Hamil's artwork would make perfectly lovely Holiday gifts for your favorite host or family member.
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Please support the businesses and organizations that support the Maturango Museum ACE Cogeneration Company Albertsons - North Albertsons - South AltaOne Federal Credit Union Altrusa American Association of University Women Best Western China Lake Inn BevLen Haus Bed & Breakfast Boulder Creek RV Resort Carriage Inn Center Pharmacy Coldwell Banker Best Realty Comfort Inn Daily Independent DART Desert Area Teachers Assoc. Earth Industries, Inc. EconoLodge of Ridgecrest Elks, B.P.O.E. Lodge 1913 Exchange Club of Ridgecrest The Flower Shoppe Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resorts Heritage Inn & Suites High Desert Haven High Sierra Auto/Truck Repair Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert Inland Adventurer IWV Water District Jacobs Naval System Group, Inc. KZIQ/KWDJ - Sunset Media Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Kiwanis Club Kristy’s Restaurant Law Offices of Phyllis M. Hix The Library Press, Dr. Lorraine Blair Liberty Self Storage Lockheed Martin McDonald’s Mediacom Mojave Desert Bank Motel 6 News Review Oasis Garden Club Optimist Club Owens Peak Group, Sierra Club PG&E PackWrap Business Center Gail Marie Petty, AAMS-Edward Jones The Pizza Factory Planet Art R.B. Sweeping Service Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Ridgecrest Automotive Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ridgecrest Moving & Storage/Atlas Van Lines Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Ridgecrest Septic Service Roadrunner Trading Post Rotary Club of China Lake St. Ann Catholic School Sand Canyon Environmental Education Program Santa’s Art Shop Searles Valley Minerals Servicemaster of IWV Sierra Sands Unified School District Southern Sierra Medical Clinic SpringHill Suites by Marriott State Farm Insurance – Gary Charlon Studio Eight The Swap Sheet TJ Frisbee Bicycles, Inc. Tokyo House TOSS Union Bank of California Vagabond Inn The Vintage Vault WACOM
The Museum is open every day (except major holidays) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff Harris Brokke, Executive Director Jane Burbank-Larson, Store Manager Sandy Rogers, Curator, Archaeology Elizabeth Babcock, Curator, History Camille Anderson, Curator, Natural History Mary Adler, Bookkeeper Fran Van Valkenburgh, Membership, Petroglyphs Andrea Pelch, Gallery Coordinator Mary Phillips, Bookkeeping Assistant Nora Nuckles, Education Coordinator Steve Benson, Museum Assistant Duane Rice, Museum Assistant Jessica Waid, Museum Assistant Penny Loper, Newsletter Editor Volunteer Chairpersons Paula Herr, President, Docent League Fran Rogers, Chair, Concert Committee Sandy Rogers, Chair, Lecture Committee Janet Westbrook, Webmistress Board of Trustees Carolyn Shepherd, President Mike Baskerville, Vice President Ron Atkins, Secretary Thom Boggs, Treasurer Steve Boster Dan Burnett Skip Gorman Phyllis Hix Joleigh S. Rafalski
New Exhibits at the Museum
By Camille Anderson, Natural History Curator
If you haven’t been by the Museum lately, you should come in and see the new exhibits. In the Discovery Area, the large wall display shows “Life 100 Years Ago,” which shows images of daily life during the period of 1900 to World War I. Some early images of the Indian Wells Valley and Owens Valley are also included. The cube display contains some interesting items that were in use during that time period. Come and leaf through an old National Geographic or catalog to see what has changed over the years (and what has remained the same)! Another new exhibit is the popular migrant bird display, which replaces the current bird exhibit. It contains examples of many of the birds that visit our valley during the winter. Some come down into the valley from our local mountains, but others visit from places relatively far away—including the snow geese from Canada. They love to visit the Museum, and so should you.
Message from the Executive Director
By Harris M. Brokke
During the month of November, the Museum is offering a variety of events for your enjoyment. I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to take part in many of these activities. I am excited that the Maturango Museum has just been added to the list of non-profit companies that now qualify to receive donations from Albertsons through their Community Partner's Program. Detailed information on this program is contained in a separate newsletter article. With the Holidays approaching, we are again asking for your donations to the Museum in our Holiday appeal. Even a small donation will make a big difference. We at the Museum continue to need additional volunteers to work in the Museum store and to serve as Docents. For more information about becoming a store volunteer, please check with Jane. For information on the programs offered by the Docents, please stop in or call and ask for Nora Nuckles. Please consider the Museum when you are doing estate planning and also when you consider making tax-deductible contributions. Thanks to all of you who have recently made donations and contributions to the Museum. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Finally, I welcome any and all comments that you may have about the Museum. Your comments are a critical element of our continuous improvement efforts at the Museum.
Great Gift for a Friend — or Yourself!
By Liz Babcock, Publications Committee
We are proud to announce our latest Maturango Museum publication— Land, People, and Rock Art of the Coso Range by Alexander K. Rogers, Camille Anderson, and Carolyn Shepherd. This attractive full-color book packs a lot into just 42 pages—succinct, user-friendly descriptions of the geology, climate, prehistory, history, and rock art of the Coso Range. You’ll love the beautiful photographs and illustrations of the rock art and its surroundings. At just $12 per copy (plus tax), Land, People, and Rock Art makes a thoughtful, yet affordable, gift for your neighbor, your boss, your significant other, a family member—anyone who would enjoy local information presented with clarity and style. The book is available now in the Museum store, seven days a week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
16 Days in Italy, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the Passion Play: OBERAMMERGAU, September, 2010
The centerpiece of this trip will be to attend the passion play at Oberammergau – in September of 2010. This fascinating cultural event occurs only once every ten years and involves the participation of the entire population of a small town in Southern Germany. Besides the play, areas in Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic will be included. In these regions, we will visit Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzberg, including a Mozart performance, Hallstatt, Neuschwanstein, Berchtesgaden, Venice, Lake Como, and Milan. If you would like to receive more detailed information about this trip as it becomes available, you can be added to a contact list by calling Leo Girardot at 760-375-8737 or e-mail: email@example.com. This tour is being organized and will be led by Leo Girardot, retired professor, who has been planning and leading tours with Maturango Museum for over 25 years.
By Nora Nuckles, Education Coordinator
Paula Herr, as our new docent president, opened the second meeting of the year with gusto! She was very successful at juggling the time. We were able to approve the newly revised by-laws and have excellent training. Elaine Wiley graciously agreed to be substitute secretary since Terry Ratcliff had a family emergency and could not attend the meeting. Much to our surprise, in September we gave programs to over 300 children. The October schedule with requests for Bat programs yielded similar numbers. In October, Coyote, Gray Fox, Badger, and the awesome three made guest appearances with us at Maturango Junction and the Desert Empire Fair. In November we will give many Indian programs. Judy Breitenstein and Cam Alden will present the docent Indian program at an American Indian Heritage event at Edwards Air Force Base. Other docents may be involved at this event as well. Charlotte Goodson and Sally Richards gave the docents training on the subject of bats. They taught us the basics, shared some special knowledge, and made suggestions on how to present the Bat program to people of all ages. Ruth Amster, with Sally Richards and Carol Dezellem, will develop “art gallery notes” for the docents to use when giving tours of the gallery. Elaine Wiley has provided training on the docent computers and projectors and will continue the training. The docents continue to update programs. Camille Anderson, Susan Moore, and Judy Breitenstein are designing new PowerPoint programs and scripts on various topics. By November the docents will present a special pre-school story time with animal specimens on flex Fridays. Watch for the schedule in the newspaper. The Docent League of the Maturango Museum welcomes new members for the fall training period! We need you! A new docent is given plenty of time to learn. You can take your time and learn from “experts.” You are not required to do a program until you feel ready! Please talk to us at one of the community events or call me, Nora, at 375-6900. Please join us at the meeting on Tuesday, November 3, at 8:45 a.m. at the Museum. Call me at the Museum for more details on the meeting! If you cannot make this meeting, give me a call. We still need you! Our beautiful new specimen, the gray fox, and our seriously-large packrat are anxious to meet you!
We Thank Our Supporters
Donations AAUW - SEEP Gary Babcock Vernon Burkland Daryl and Ellen Hinman David and Christine Wilkins Alan and Joan Woodman In Memory of Howard Derrickson Bill and Kathy Martin In Memory of Frederick Dodson Snowdy Dodson Summer Appeal Frank and Miriam Cartwright Carroll Evans Handyman Fund Carol S. Chandler Bud Eyre Chevrolet-Buick-Toyota Duane and Anita Mc Connell John S. Ward Ed Van Valkenburgh David and Elizabeth Watson New Members Don and Diane Bishop Craig and Diane Krauss Diane Mizar and Robert Anderson Mary Morris Judith Palmer
Support the Maturango Museum through the Albertson's Community Partner's Program
Now you can support the Maturango Museum when using your Albertson’s Preferred Savings Card Sign up to have the Maturango Museum receive donations from the Albertsons Community Partners Program. It’s easy and it costs you nothing! Simply take the following steps: 1. Go to www.albertsons.com 2. On the home page, go to the bottom of the page and click on "In the Community" 3. On the next screen, double click on the logo [lower right hand corner] for Albertsons Community Partners 4. On the next screen, do the "Shopper's login" 5. The next screen will ask for your Preferred Savings Card Number and your telephone number 6. The next screen will ask you to enter the partners program 11-digit number, which for the Maturango Museum is 49001023122. 7. You will then get a confirmation message indicating that the non-profit you have selected is the Maturango Museum If you have any questions on this program, please contact Harris Brokke at the Museum. Thank you in advance for your support.
Field Trip to Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits November 14
On Saturday, November 14, the Maturango Museum will be hosting a field trip to the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Participants will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Museum for check-in. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. We will depart by bus promptly by 7:30 a.m. The cost for the trip will be $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers. The member price applies to members only, not nonmember guests. Price includes bus transportation and admission fee as well as the fee for a docent-guided tour of the Museum. The trip is limited to 46 people, so make your reservations early. There are five restaurants located within a block of the Museum. There will be a docent-led tour of the outside at 1:00 p.m. and the inside at 2:15 p.m. We will stop at McDonalds in Acton on the way to the Museum and will stop in Lancaster for dinner on the way back to Ridgecrest. The Page Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles. Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured. Get ready to explore the world of Rancho La Brea – one of the world's most famous fossil sites. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits collection is home to over three million fossils from the last Ice Age. It was here that huge mammoths, fierce saber-toothed cats, and giant ground sloths became trapped and entombed in the asphalt that has been seeping out of the ground for the past 40,000 years.
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Discover and explore how these "tar pits" formed, what types of plants and animals became trapped, and how scientists have used these fossil deposits to open a window into the world of prehistoric Los Angeles. Get ready to explore and discover some of the most intriguing fossils excavated at Rancho La Brea, one of the most famous fossil sites in the world! See healed injuries from a dire wolf and osteoarthritis in a Harlan's ground sloth. Discover how mammoths grew their teeth. Get up close and personal with the ferocious teeth of a saber-toothed cat! View the only known saber-toothed cat to be discovered with its mouth closed. Get a glimpse of a natural dire wolf "brain cast" made of asphalt. Or take a look inside the world-famous "fish bowl" laboratory! If the Museum cancels the trip, you will be given a full refund, or you may transfer the money to a different trip. No cash refunds will be given. However, if the trip is full and we can sell your space, your money will be refunded. If you must cancel, please notify the Museum as early as possible so that people on the waiting list can be notified.
Ups and Downs of Local History
By Liz Babcock, History Curator
Thanks to all the preparations surrounding Inyokern’s gala 100th birthday celebration, the Maturango Museum is much richer in its collection of historical photographs. Pat Farris of the News Review decided that Inyokern ought to have its own section in the newspaper, and she got on the phone to some of the sons and daughters of our valley’s earliest pioneers. The result was that Pat was deluged with an amazing assortment of early photographs, some of them dating back to 1910! She has very generously shared the entire treasure trove with the Maturango Museum, so if and when some successor of mine is called on to celebrate Inyokern’s 200th, we will be all set. Other great old photos came in more directly, with both Pat Burke and Al Boyack visiting me recently with some priceless documentation to enrich our collection. In Pat’s case, he had photos to share from his boyhood in Ridgecrest, plus several wonderful Inyokern photos from his longtime friend, Louis Wincn. Al has been bringing me a stream of information for some time now, and this month’s addition included some great shots of the Sidewinder 50th Anniversary events, plus some unique recent photos. Another big plus for the Museum has been the efforts of Carol Porter, acquisitions manager for the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert. When I discovered that the Museum’s collection of its own newsletters was incomplete, Carol graciously loaned me the HSUMD set to copy. Those newsletters came to HSUMD from a familiar source – Ron and Mary Ann Henry.
On the down side, I learned recently of the September 24 death of Mike Patterson, who, with his wife, Jody Stewart, had done so much in recent years to preserve Cerro Gordo and its rich cultural history. Mike served as our genial host for several Museum field trips to Cerro Gordo, the most recent in 2005. After Jody’s death, Mike and a team of volunteers, many of them Ridgecrest residents, had continued restoring the old town. And the work goes on today in memory of both Mike and Jody. Sympathy cards or letters may be addressed to the Patterson Family, 618 Pine Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304-1851, or to the Patterson Sons, 5611 Windward Bay, Bakersfield, CA 93312. We are working on finding out whether there might be a Cerro Gordo restoration fund you could donate to in Mike’s memory, so please give the Museum a call if you’d like to learn more. Another loss to our Museum family occurred on October 3 when Richard H. “Dick” Hart died. If you’ve been a long-term Museum volunteer, you no doubt remember Dick as one of those people who was always ready to help—on our board, as a petroglyph tour guide, as one of the team who helped Dr. Emma Lou Davis with her China Lake archaeological dig, and in a myriad of other ways. Because Dick cared so much about the Museum, his family has suggested the Maturango Museum as one of the places where donations may be made in his name.
Maturango Museum Holiday Appeal 2009
Tis’ a month before the holidays and all over the town, The leaves on the trees have turned yellow, gold, and brown. The windows of stores are painted bright red and green. Everywhere you look are signs of the holiday scene. Our Museum store is filled with treasures of every kind. A gift for everyone on your list you will easily find. The employees and volunteers work hard all the year round To make sure you are pleased with the gifts you have found. It is time again for our Museum holiday appeal. Our appreciation is boundless and our thanks are real. The art shows, the concerts, the trips, and all that we do Are only possible because of good people like you. So, dear friends of the Museum, we toast you this year With heartfelt thanks and a full cup of good cheer. May your holidays be the happiest you have ever known. Thanks again for the years of generosity you have shown!
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Open Studio Tour 2009
By Debbie Benson
The Open Studio Tour has, once again, been a wonderful adventure that has been a true community event. For me, the concluding feeling is that of appreciation for all of the people involved in making it a reality. First of all, the Tour would not happen without artists who are willing to open their studios to the community. Being a part of the Tour involves a great deal of preparation, and I appreciate what this year’s artists have done to be ready for the public. Thank you all for your creativity, courage, and enthusiasm! The support and encouragement of the Museum staff and volunteers has been completely helpful. I cannot thank everyone enough. Harris, Andrea, Mary, and Jane, thanks for everything and for just being there. Those who work at the store and have so carefully handled the paperwork from the artists, sold tickets, and hung posters, all of your work is appreciated. The gallery committee has been outstanding at giving whatever support they can. This includes the wonderful people who make our receptions such a great event. I also want to thank our volunteers who worked their way through the weekend taking care of the store, the artists, and our Tourists. You are great. The work that has been done by Lois Hinman, Betty Spindler, Andrea Pelch, Dianne Dilley, and Pat Rogers has been an inspiration to me and has kept the process on track. There are just not enough words to thank them for all they have done I would like to thank Ruth Amster, Judy Fair-Spalding, Paintings & Pottery by Lois Hinman, and Betty Spindler for sponsoring the gallery show. Our thanks go out to Windows, Walls ‘N Floors, The Potted Barn, Baxendale’s, Cerro Coso Community College, Paintings & Pottery by Lois Hinman, TMS Matting and Framing, Farris’ Diner, Santa’s Art Shop, T.J Frisbee Bicycles, Benson Pottery, Paula Caudill, Serendipity, Betty Spindler’s Ceramic Food, Jerry Bradley, L3 Communications, Barbara Andosek Fine Art, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Peggy Busch, and Fred Hartson for their sponsorship of the Tour booklet. Our special thanks also to the Arts Council of Kern for their help in funding this event. Sincere thanks for everything that has been done for promoting this event by Ruth Justis and Jessica Schillings and all of the people from the Daily Independent, Steve Brown from the Sun Runner Magazine and our friends at the News Review. All of your articles about our artists and the event and your time and help are appreciated. A special thanks also for your help with the advertising. A big thanks also goes to the Swap Sheet for their support. And my biggest thank you of all is to all of you who came out, visited with our artists, and gave us your time and support. THANKS!!! We hope to see you again next year!
November Concert: Classical Guitarist David Asbury
By Fran Rogers
The second concert in Maturango Museum’s 20092010 concert series will be presented by classical guitarist David Asbury in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. There will be two concerts – Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seats each concert night are limited to 60, so avoid disappointment, get your tickets now in the Museum store. The price is $8 per adult and $5 per child 12 and younger. The program, entitled “La guitarra enamorada”, will focus on works that are thematically related to love and romance and will feature works by Luis Bonfa, Roland Dyens, Jose Luis Merlin, Julio Cesar Oliva, Roberto Baden Powell, and Francisco Tarrega. The concert will open with arrangements of two songs. The first, by Francisco Tarrega, sets a popular nineteenth century Spanish song by Antonio Lopez Almagro. The second, by Roland Dyens, sets an early twentieth century French song popularized by the noted singer Edith Piaf. Next on the program is a larger work by contemporary Mexican composer Julio Cesar Oliva entitled “Sontata del Amor.” This work, reminiscent of the style of Manuel Ponce, is inspired by different stages of a love affair, from ebullient first moments to contented and blissful familiarity. The first half of the concert will close with Holiday Raffle - 2009
arrangements of two bossa nova songs by Brazilian composers Luis Bonfa and Roberto Baden Powell. Oliva’s “Tres instantes de amor” will follow a brief intermission. This work was patterned after a poem by nineteenth century Mexican poet Manuel Acuña entitled “Nocturno de Rosario.” The music, like the poem, is filled with beauty and poignancy. The final movement obsession projects the state of mind of the poet who, in despair over his unrequited love, took his life a short time after writing this poem. The concert will conclude with a set of pieces by contemporary Argentine composer Jose Luis Merlin entitled “Cinco canciones de amor.” The works, in an accessible folkloric style, are loosely based on Andean folk mythology. Critically acclaimed guitarist David Asbury has served on the faculty of Southwestern University since 1992. He has appeared on concert stages throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Masters and Doctorate Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has won numerous awards, including the diploma of merit from the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
Petroglyph tour for six (6) with lunch provided. Tour will be conducted in the Spring of 2010. Participants must be US citizens, in good physical condition and at least 10 years old. Tickets are $1. each or 6 for $5.
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Calendar of Events
Tues., Nov. 3 – Docents meeting, 8:45 a.m. Fri & Sat. Nov. 6 & 7 – Concert - Classical Guitar by Dr. David Asbury; tickets required Fri., Nov. 13 – Gallery reception - 7:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14 - Bus trip – Page Museum & La Brea Tar Pits; reservations required Mon., Nov. 16 – Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 p.m. Tues., Nov. 17 – Gallery meeting, 9:00 a.m. Wed., Nov. 18 – Lecture, 7:00 p.m., "Cape to Cape: February 2009 Trip to Antarctica," Janet Westbrook, Professor of Biology, Cerro Coso Community College
Tues., Dec. 1 – Docents meeting - 8:45 a.m. Tues., Dec. 15 – Gallery meeting - 9:00 a.m. Mon., Dec. 21 – Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 p.m. Fri., Dec. 25 – Christmas Day - Museum closed
Petroglyph Trip Schedule
November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 December 5, 6
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