Oct 23
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers,...
October 23
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change. Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In accordance with university and state public health mandates, we will require everyone onsite to wear masks or other face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their households. Public hours and safety protocols are subject to change based on guidance from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Please stay tuned to our COVID-19 Updates page for developing information.

Oct 29
Historical Archaeology and Afro-Crucian Heritage

Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California,...
October 29

Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists, for a discussion of the research as well as the training opportunities it's providing to local youths and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. This virtual event will be streamed live on Zoom and Facebook. THREE WAYS TO WATCH: Register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch it later on our YouTube channel.

Nov 4
Ideas on Tap: The Science of Coffee

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Christopher Hendon, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon, for an in-depth look at brewing the perfect cup. Three ways to...
November 4

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Christopher Hendon, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon, for an in-depth look at brewing the perfect cup. Three ways to watch for free: Register to watch on Zoom, watch it live on our Facebook page, or catch the talk later on our YouTube channel. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Nov 20
Virtual Little Wonders: Traditional Foods

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month we look at traditional foods. Does your family have a special recipe or a favorite meal? Join us and discov...
November 20

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month we look at traditional foods. Does your family have a special recipe or a favorite meal? Join us and discover yummy foods that families have shared over time. We add new Little Wonders adventures every month, each one including crafts and other interactive fun you can do at home with easy-to-find items. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Wednesday, November 18. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., and while you're here, be sure to check out the Oregon - Where Past is Present exhibit to see some traditional foods to get ready for our yummy adventure.

Dec 2
Ideas on Tap: Race, Policing, and Barriers to Reform

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Michael Hames-García, professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, for a discussion about race and policing—and how cu...
December 2

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Michael Hames-García, professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, for a discussion about race and policing—and how current policy approaches fail to address the demands of activists and community organizers. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Dec 18
Virtual Little Wonders: Animal Homes

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month is all about animal homes. Where do river otters rest? Where do bears bed down? Where do lions lounge? Join...
December 18

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month is all about animal homes. Where do river otters rest? Where do bears bed down? Where do lions lounge? Join us and explore different kinds of animal dwellings and create your own animal house! We add new Little Wonders adventures every month, each one including crafts and other interactive fun you can do at home with easy-to-find items.