After the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the public clamored for images of the newly accessible American West. The Harper Brother’s publishing firm in New York sought to capitalize on this, and chose Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny to provide images of the frontier. The intrepid men were skilled at depicting newsworthy places or events that favored the plight of the common man. Coupled with their artistic and journalistic talent and keen powers of observation, they were a powerful team; Tavernier created each engraving’s watercolor painting before handing it off to Frenzeny, who added newsworthy details and drew the scene in pencil on wood blocks.
A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West is curated by Dr. Claudine Chalmers and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture
November 15, 2018 at 12 p.m.
In the summer of 1942, a fifty-seven year old engineer and local eccentric by the name of Frank Critzer was known for two things: as the owner/operator of the Giant Rock airstrip in Landers in the Mojave Desert, and as the man who lived alone - under a rock. The Giant Rock. During a criminal investigation Critzer caused a quantity of dynamite, stored in his home, to explode. Critzer was killed immediately while the three deputies suffered non-fatal wounds. But why? 
This lecture will focus on the forensic evaluation and post-blast investigation as well as address the many rumors and  inconsistencies about this most bizarre case.
Mike Digby retired as a detective/bomb technician after serving 34 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and seven years with the United States Army. 

The project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Morongo Basin Historical Society
2 nd Wednesday Lecture
November 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Donation is $5. Held at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.
Happy Thanksgiving
The museum will be closed on November 22 and 23, 2018.
Artisan Craft Faire and Santa Visit
December 1, 2018 ~ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a holiday wonderland at the Yucca Valley Community Center! SHOP FOR UNIQUE GIFTS at the annual Holiday Craft Faire featuring all handmade items by talented local artisans. Win Door prizes and enjoy holiday shopping!
Bring your camera for that SPECIAL PICTURE WITH SANTA at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.