Kittitas County Historical Museum Lecture Series Returns with Glimpse of Mount St. Helens | arts and entertainment

He is back.

The Kittitas County Historical Museum Lecture Series returns after a long closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The April talk will feature 2021-2023 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau speaker Eric Wagner and his glimpse of Mount St. Helens 40 years later. The Pacific Northwest was heavily impacted by the eruption and this conference is a unique learning opportunity, said Sadie Thayer, executive director of the Kittitas County Historical Museum.

“We’re just glad to be back, honestly. We had to cancel, so the first lecture is “After the Explosion 40 Years Later,” Thayer said. “We ask people to register for free tickets online. Places will be limited for all our conferences. How much depends on our presenters

“The absolute minimum will be 50 seats, but we are working with broadcasters on their preferences. We had to make changes based on the restrictions that are still in place. »

On May 18, 1980, the world watched in awe as Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people and causing hundreds of square miles of destruction.

Ecologists have since spent decades studying the resilience of life in the face of seemingly total devastation. Thanks to their work, the eruption of Mount St. Helens became the largest natural experiment in the history of the Pacific Northwest, according to the press release.

In his keynote, Wagner will take his audience on a journey through the blast zone exploring not only the surprising ways in which plants and animals survived the eruption, but also the complex roles people played, while showing how fascinating Mount St. Helens is. is still 40 years after the explosion.

“We actually carry his book available in the museum, which is called ‘After the Explosion: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens,'” Thayer said. be.”

Wagner is a writer and biologist. He holds a doctorate. in biology from the University of Washington, where he studied penguins.

Wagner lives in Seattle and is the author of three books, including “After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens.”

His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, and High Country News, among many other places.

About the Speakers Bureau Program In communities across Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between. .

The Speakers Bureau program is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington State through the Office of the Secretary of State, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at the University from Washington State and generous contributions. other companies, foundations and individuals.

Angela C. Hale