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Tuesday, September 26, 6 p.m.

First Annual Director’s Talk

New MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander shares his recent research on one of the most enigmatic artifacts on display in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Discovered ten years ago, “Ashley’s Sack” is a simple seed bag, on which is embroidered a haunting narrative of a nine-year-old girl, sold away from her mother in the mid-1800s. Dr. Auslander recounts his two-year quest to recover the identities of and the stories of the women recorded in the object’s needlepoint, and to reconstruct the history of their family across two centuries of slavery and freedom. As well, he discusses interpretive and display challenges posed by this heart-breaking object and reflects on the power and possibilities of museums, in our fractured, polarized era, for engaging diverse publics in productive explorations about race, power, and the burdens of history. Read More



Sunday, October 1, 10 a.m.

MSUFCU Dinosaur Dash

MSU Museum's annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash is set for Sunday, Oct. 1. The fast, flat 5K race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the Michigan State University Museum educational programs. Meanwhile, a full line-up of activities makes for Earth-shaking fun for the entire family.

Dashers compete in several different divisions and dinosaur trophies are awarded to overall male and female winners in both the running and walking categories. The 5K run/walk starts at 10:00 a.m. near the MSU Museum, 409 W. Circle Drive.

Three special runs are designed for the younger crowd: the Museum Mile for youths 12 and under to run or walk a one-mile loop, and the Mini-Dash, an all-out 200-yard sprint for kids 6 and under. The Diaper Dash is designed for the youngest of dashers, along with their parents and companions. All participants receive an official Dinosaur Dash medal. Register Here

Monday, October 2, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
“Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives” - Brown Bag Talk
This week's presentation titled, "Race and Radiation: The Object of Labor in the Global Nuclear Industry," is presented by Mark Auslander, MSU Museum Director, Michigan State University. Read More

Sunday, October 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. Read More

Tuesday, October 10, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
“Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives” - Brown Bag Talk
This week's presentation titled, "Above Below: The Hierarchy of Labor in South African Mines," is presented by Jeannette Unite, Artist, University of Cape Town. Read More

Saturday, October 14, 2 – 3 p.m.
Curator-led Exhibition Tour
Join us for a curator-led exhibit tour of, "Sympathetic Detail: R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration," with Curator of History Shirley Wajda. Read More

Monday, October 23, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
“Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives” - Brown Bag Talk
This week's presentation titled, "'A Foretaste of Hell' in Minnesota: Work and Rebellion on the Iron Range, 1916," is presented by Allyse Freeman and Gary Kaunonen, Minnesota Discovery Center.

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Saturday, October 28, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Taste of India Fundraiser

Music, dance, food, a silent auction, and a short presentation titled, “Illuminating Diwali: History, Text and Tradition” by Dr. Amruta Natu and Prof. Vaishampayan from the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Suggested minimum donation of $50.00, RSVP pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517) 884-6897) Download a PDF    

Friday, November 10, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
“Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives” - Brown Bag Talk
"Working on Great Lakes Freighters in the 20th Century" presented by Frank Boles, Clarke Library, Central Michigan University, Author of "Sailing Into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them." Read More