58th Annual Mid-States Exhibition

 

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The 58th Mid-States Art Exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the

Efroymson Family Fund and Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn LLP.

Winterfest

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Santa Claus is coming to the Evansville Museum! Join us on Saturday, December 10, and Saturday, December 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as we celebrate the art, history and science of the winter season. Come share your Christmas wish and get your photo taken with Santa Claus, experience the art and science behind snow, play with dreidels while learning about Hanukkah, enjoy seasonal story time and much, much more! Since this is an extra special event, admission to Winterfest is normal Museum admission plus $5. Become a Museum member and save today!

To RSVP, please call the Museum at (812) 425-2406 today!

Of Pen & Paper: Remembering Karl Kae Knecht

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This exhibition interprets the career of longtime Evansville Courier cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht. Knecht’s career at the Courier spanned the years 1906-1960 and his editorial cartoons chronicled much of what was happening in the city and the nation. Drawn from the collection of the Evansville Museum, community collections and private collections, the exhibition will also highlight other aspects of Knecht’s life, including his photography, civic involvements and a selection of the miniature elephants that he collected during his life.

Born in 1883 in Iroquois, South Dakota Territory, Knecht came to the Evansville Courier in 1906 after completing courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in this year, that his editorial cartoons first appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Eleven years later he was appointed the paper’s first photographer. Today, thousands of his photographs documenting Evansville are in the collection of Willard Library.

In 1928, Knecht helped found Mesker Park Zoo.  This occurred after the president of the American Circus Corporation offered Knecht a pair of lions.  A year later, Knecht bolstered the fledgling zoo—Indiana’s first—with a successful fund drive to purchase an elephant for the new facility.  The elephant, Kay, was named in honor of Karl Kae Knecht.

By 1949, Knecht officially became the dean of American editorial cartoonists with more years spent penning cartoons than any of his colleagues across the country.  It was also in this year that he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and on July 21, 1954, Evansville celebrated Karl Kae Knecht Day.

On June 1, 1960, after 54 years at the paper and over 18,000 cartoons, Knecht retired. He remained in Evansville until his death in July of 1972, and he is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Today, his cartoons are in the archives of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Museum, and originals of his works are included in the collections of the presidential libraries of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

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Wild Weather

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Get ready for some really wild weather. Now on display through December 31, in the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau Center for History and Science, Wild Weather an interactive science exhibit designed to help people of all ages understand our ever changing weather.

The heart of Wild Weather is a set of ten exhibits which teach the science of wind, air, heat, light, sound and the water cycle. The exhibits include a five-foot tall tornado, a weather station and exhibits which explain important concepts related to radar tacking, hot air, uneven heating, wind speed, snow drifts, thunder, lightning, the water cycle and microbursts.

Weather can also affect the reliability of the electric delivery systems, which we depend on every day. Lightning, ice storms, tornadoes and winds can cause damage that can lead to power outages. When power lines come down, the power grid shuts down. Learn what you can do to lessen the effects of power outages when they occur and how you can be more prepared when severe weather strikes.

The exhibition features images from the Museum’s Collection of historic regional flood, ice storm and tornado events. Also on display, a historic weather journal by Cleveland Abbe, “The Father or Weather Forecasting,” on loan from the University of Cincinnati.

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Evansville Museum Guild – Tis the Season Tea

Join us for the annual Museum Guild Holiday Tea. This year we are especially pleased to honor Robert, Sr and Becky Zimmermann and their contribution to the Evansville Museum over the years. This year’s event will be hosted at the home of Dr. Jason and Mrs. Lisa Vaughan.

New this year, Diamond Galleria will be hosting a “Pop Up” store and donating a percentage of all sales back to the Museum Guild!

Please call (812) 425-2406 with any questions.

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.