The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is pleased to host Michelle Lorimer, PhD candidate at the University of California at Riverside, as part of their Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. While preserving the missions and Spanish history for new residents in Southern California in the 1880s, early promoters often de-emphasized the experiences of Native Californians in these institutions. Within this construct, Native people tended to exist as quickly vanishing shadows of the region’s past. This lecture will examine the construction of an idealized and romanticized Spanish mission history in Southern California and its impact on understandings and misunderstandings of Native Californians. This presentation will be held on Thursday, July 26, starting at noon; admission is free and iced tea will be served. The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is held every second and fourth Thursday, June through August.
For more than 45 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural, artistic and cultural heritage of the Morongo Basin and High Desert. The Museum seeks to inspire wonder, discovery, understanding, and responsibility in its community and visitors through exhibits, programs, and collections in the arts, history, and natural sciences. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the Museum. For more information, contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212 or see our web site at www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!