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News - December 30, 2011

Museum announces 2012 speakers

Famous folks to spend evenings in Pleasanton

Museum on Main has announced a new format for the annual Ed Kinney Lecture Series. In "An Evening with"... audiences come face to face with people making history today as well as actors who look and sound as if they have stepped out from the pages of history books.

The speakers series takes place monthly January through October at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., in downtown Pleasanton. Lectures are held at 7 p.m. once a month on Tuesdays.

The 2012 Ed Kinney Lecture Series schedule is as follows:

* "An Evening With John Sutter," Jan. 10. Meet John Sutter, a California man both revered and ruined by the discovery of gold at his mill. Sutter is portrayed by David H. Fenimore, director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Event sponsor: Peter Bailey

* "An Evening with President Roosevelt," Feb. 7. President Roosevelt's achievements as naturalist, explorer, author and soldier are as much a part of his legacy as any office he held as a politician. Visit with the 26th president of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, as portrayed by Fred Rutledge. Event sponsor: Rebecca Bruner

* "An Evening with Isadora Duncan," March 13. In honor of Women's History Month, Lois Ann Flood presents the legacy of early 1900s modern dancer Isadora Duncan in a stage performance with dance and narration. Event sponsor: Anonymous

* "An Evening with California Secretary of Resources John Laird," April 10. Enjoy the evening with Secretary John Laird, California's current Secretary for the State's Resources Agency. Secretary Laird will discuss his role in the safeguarding and stewardship of California's precious natural resources.

* "An Evening with Uncle Toisan," May 8. Renowned writer and historian William "Charlie" Chin portrays a Chinese-American character called Uncle Toisan, whose life spans the time from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the post-civil rights era and the emergence of Asian-American consciousness.

* "An Evening with Mark Twain," June 12. Humorist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to many as "Mark Twain," visits Pleasanton to retell his adventures Out West, including mining on the Nevada Comstock, buying a wild horse, and big trouble in San Francisco. Twain is portrayed by Pat Kaunert. Event sponsor: Jim Gulseth

* "An Evening with Bonnie and Clyde," July 10. Hide your pocketbooks for this event. Infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde roll into town to recruit some new members to their outlaw gang. Alyssa and Ethan Foster portray the 1930s lawless couple. Event sponsor: Chuck Deckert

* "An Evening with Sourdough Steve," Aug. 14. Travel through the world of the 49ers with miner Sourdough Steve portrayed by Steve Johnson. Sourdough Steve recalls many rarely heard stories of mining life in the mid-1800s. Event sponsor: Charles Huff

* "An Evening with Author John Boessenecker," Sept. 11. From dusty court records and forgotten memoirs, acclaimed author of "Bandido: The Life and Times of Tirburcio Vasquez," John Boessenecker reveals the violence, banditry, and retribution of the early California frontier. Event sponsor: Julie Eckroat & Lynn Skarratt

* "An Evening with TV Horror Host John Stanley," Oct. 9. Legendary San Francisco Bay Area TV horror host and "Creature Features" movie reviewer steps into the spotlight as he reveals the movie monster boom of the 1950s. Stanley's most recent publication, "The Gang That Shot Up Hollywood," includes recollections from the many movie and TV star interviews in his many years as an entertainment writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Event sponsor: Jack Harrington

Tickets to the lectures may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling the Museum on Main at 462-2766. Prices are $10 general admission; $5 members and seniors; $3 students and teachers with ID. All tickets are paid at the door, and cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All tickets are open seating and after 6:45 p.m. any unclaimed reserved tickets will be released for sale.

For more information on the Ed Kinney Lecture Series visit or phone the Museum on Main at 462-2766.

The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. It is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.


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