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.Working in cooperation with museum staff, the association hosts exhibits, lectures,
and demonstrations, sponsors programs of research, and purchases museum
equipment and library books. The association also sponsors several programs each year.

To find out about becoming a Sanford Museum Association member, E-mail us at
sanfordmuseum@sanfordmuseum.orgThe programs for 2019 are:  


January 19, Saturday – Wilderman’s Treetop Tales – Chad Elliott 

10:00 a.m.

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical lyrics and paintings created by international award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. The book is designed for ages 3-10 and contains heartwarming and giggle-worthy poetry accompanied by Chad’s own illustrations. Chad sings 10 of the lyrics from the book and music album. Together Chad’s illustrations, artwork and music create an offering which allows the whole family to embrace wild imagination.

February 10, Sunday - James Madison: Father, Framer, and Interpreter of the Constitution - Scott Culpepper   

2:00 p.m.

James Madison received credit for being one of the principle leaders of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and became one of the foremost interpreters of the document. This presentation will explore his life and career in the context of the American Revolution, the political struggles of the early American republic during his presidency. We will see how the man popularly known as the “Father of the Constitution” struggled to implement its ideals in the midst of the difficult realties of public life.

March 9, Saturday – Researching Fish - Emily Ball 

7:30 p.m.

Emily has been doing research on the survival of stocked Walleye in the Iowa Great Lakes (East and West Okoboji). She will present her research findings in an entertaining evening discussing Walleyes. Whether you are an avid fisherman, curious about how we non-lethally collect stomach samples from fish, or just like fish, this program will enlighten you on fisheries research taking place in Iowa!

April 13 , Saturday – Reading with Children - Keely Cline – Co-Sponsored with the Cherokee Public Library

7:30 p.m.

This presentation will focus on the research of parent-childhood book reading.  There will be a discussion of how particular instructional and emotional qualities of book reading may best support children’s learning and development.  There will also be consideration of culturally-influenced book-reading styles and preferences.  


August 12, Monday - Meteors, A Movie and More! - Cherokee High School Baseball Field

9:00 p.m.

Come join us for an outdoor space movie under a sky filled with meteors! The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour by the time the moon sets! We will have popcorn and a movie to watch as we keep an eye out for meteors. Our telescope will be focused on a variety of space objects as well, weather permitting!! Bring lawn chairs and bug spray! 

September 14, Saturday - Glimpses of Iowa’s Capitol: Its History, Art, Architecture and Restoration *Humanities Iowa Program 

- Rosa Snyder  

7:30 p.m.

Join former state restoration painter, Rosa Snyder, as she divulges untold stories and reveals hidden treasures of Iowa’s most recognized landmark. Learn about the restoration process and why the artwork was painted over. See before and after photos of several rooms, photos of one-of-a-kind artwork created by well-known artist, and photographs of areas not normally seen by visitors.

October 12, Saturday - China as the Leading Trading Partner of US Agriculture - Wendong Zhang 

7:30 p.m.

Given the growing trade tensions with China, this presentation will provide insights on the commonality and differences between US, Iowa and Chinese agriculture.  Learn about the value and significance of China in terms of Chinese trade relations relative to the US. Population, market size and agricultural policies will have a huge impact on the future of trade.

November 9, Saturday - The KKK in Iowa - Robert Neymeyer 

7:30 p.m.

The Ku Klux Klan had a short but highly visible presence in Iowa between 1922 and 1926.  It came to power promising to resolve many social ills in the state, especially violation of the prohibition laws.  In reality the Klan failed to eradicate any problems and actually heightened ethnic and racial tensions. When the Klan national leadership was indicted in several criminal cases, membership in Iowa collapsed and virtually disappeared.

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