Museums and Native American Studies 
• Presenter: Charlie spray 
• Date: Monday, oct. 27 
• time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
• location: Christ the king lutheran 
Museums have over 850 million visitors every year and contribute over $21 billion to the economy annually. In this modern era of diversity and information, ths side trip is designed to inform and highlight the role and relationship that museums have had in the past with indigenous peoples and explores the role that museums will play in the future in regards to native American people. The presentation will introduce native American studies as a genre and explore its multi-faceted applications as they relate to contemporary events, especially museums. 

Charlie Spray will finish his master’s degree in Native American Studies at Montana State University in 2014. He has a degree in Bible Studies, as well as a B.A. in History from MSU with minors in Museum Studies and Native American Studies. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University for the past year and a half teaching Introduction to Native American Studies and also Native American Cinema. He also
serves as a researcher for the Gallatin History Museum located in Bozeman.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust