Sanford Museum & Planetarium
Sanford Museum Association
The Sanford Museum Association is an
organization of volunteers who contribute
time and money to enrich the offerings of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium.
and demonstrations, sponsors programs of
research, and purchases museum
equipment and library books.
14, Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
Cherokee from 1956 Forward with Joan Ballantyne
celebrated its centennial in 1956. By
that time the town was a growing
progressive community. What
have been made in the town since 1956?
Come and listen to Joan’s
eye-witness report of Cherokee’s
journey from 1956 until now.
11, Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
Cuba with Deb Hankens
Located only 90 miles off the Florida coast, Cuba has been off limits to the United States for more than 50 years. The past few years have seen a warming of relations between the two nations which allowed an alumni group from Dakota State University to travel to Cuba last June. Recent events, including the death Fidel Castro has pushed Cuba once more into the forefront. Deb Hankens will share her experiences and insights concerning this controversial island.
11, Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
The Devil has my Consent: The Real Story behind the Salem Witch Trials, 1692-1693 with Kathy Wilson
In 1692 more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; 20 were executed. Why? What happened to create such hysteria? Were the accusers possessed? Experiencing delusions caused by eating spoiled grain? Discover the real story behind the Salem Witch Trials, and what it reveals about Colonial American society in the late 17th century.
Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
Whitman Live!! with William
Walt Whitman is
portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch,
adjunct professor at the
University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Koch will highlight
major poems from Whitman’s
In addition, he will
read Whitman’s tribute to
Abraham Lincoln, after the
Lincoln assassination, with a
description of the nation’s
obsequies, and recitations of
Address and “O Captain, My
Meteors and a Movie
Join us for the Perseid
Meteor Shower and watch a great movie
The Perseid is one of the best
meteor showers of the year and this
year the moon will be a crescent so
the night sky should be dark to view
the meteors. So
come to the high school baseball field
and enjoy some popcorn, a great movie
and a beautiful meteor shower. Bring
your lawn chairs and bug spray!
Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
*Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses: Gone but not Forgotten with Richard Poole
Richard Poole is a Fullbright Scholar and his illustrated lecture details the incredible amount of theatre available to rural and small-town Midwest Americans between 1870 and 1940. By 1927, approximately 76 million people were entertained by roughly 400 traveling tent rep troupes. Audiences also witnessed many performances in other venues, such as opera houses, airdomes and circle stock. Basically the history of American theatre is the history of urban theatre. Rural theatre culture, featuring tent theatre, opera houses, airdomes and circle stock, has been marginalized or excluded altogether. This fascinating lecture fills that void and is not just for theatre buffs or even scholars but for all interested in American culture, especially rural theatre culture.
October 14, Saturday -
The Homestead Act and the Plains Tribes with Nancy Gillis
the Great Plains to settlement
had far-reaching impacts on
the Native tribes, both
positive and negative. This
program explores the changes
in political and economic
structures, gender roles,
spiritual ways, and other
cultural components both in
the years prior to and
following pivotal pieces of
legislation in 1862 - the
Homestead Act, the
Transcontinental Railroad Act,
and the Morrill Land Grant
Songwriting Symposium with J. Jeffrey Messerole
Award-winning Americana songwriter, and Cherokee resident, J. Jeffrey Messerole will provide insight into the life of a working songwriter. Messerole will open with a discussion about his history in the art, his methods, and his inspirations in the industry. Upon completion of the discussion, Messerole will open the floor for questions and songwriting critiques for anyone that would like to have their work examined. J. Jeffrey will finish the evening with a short performance of his work. J. Jeffrey Messerole tours throughout the Midwest, and preforms over 50 shows a year. Messerole is a 2 time award winner for his albums "Kingsnake's Bite" and "Halfway Home"
To find out about becoming a Sanford
Museum Association member, E-mail us at