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Memphis, TN – November 3, 2021The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees Returns to the Museum of Science & History

 The annual event unites Memphis in the holiday spirit and benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

The Museum of Science & History (MoSH), is pleased to announce the return of the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees to the museum this holiday season. The popular Memphis holiday attraction benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

The Enchanted Forest’s history dates back to 1963, when it debuted at the Goldsmith’s Department store in downtown Memphis. The exhibit was modeled after Walt Disney’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit at the New York World’s Fair. In the 1990s, it merged with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees. The entire exhibit moved to MoSH in 2002, where the beloved tradition continues.

“A visit to the Enchanted Forest is a fantastic way for families to kick off the holiday season,” says Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of MoSH. “Visitors can tour the forest of creatively decorated trees, check out model trains, a Gingerbread Village, and get photos with Santa in his COVID-safe protective snow globe. We love continuing this classic Memphis tradition for the city, our neighbors, and most especially, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.”

The Enchanted Forest is open from November 20 to December 31, only closing for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Mondays and Tuesdays. There are extended hours each Friday, when the museum stays open until 9 PM.

Holiday lovers can also check out holiday favorites The Year Without a Santa Claus and The Light Before Christmas at the Giant Screen Theater, or be dazzled at the AutoZone Dome Planetarium the Season of Light and Laser Holidays shows. Refreshments are available, and the gift shop will be open.

For full hours and to plan a visit, go to MoSHMemphis.com for more information and the entire calendar of events.

October 13, 2021 – Memphis, TN – The Science of Wine is Back at the Museum of Science & History

The best of Memphis food and wine come together for a night of fine dining and wine tasting.

The Museum of Science & History (MoSH) is proud to announce the return of The Science of Wine on Thursday, November 4, 2021. This premier event offers attendees the opportunity to sip, sample and learn as they try wines from some of the best regions in the world, as well as special tastings from some of the best in Memphis dining.

“We’re excited to introduce our guests to dishes from some of Memphis’s most popular restaurants, hand paired with wines from around the world, all while learning through demos and guided tasting sessions,” says John Mullikin, Education Instructor for MoSH. “The best part is that proceeds will benefit the Museum of Science & History’s Community Engagement department, providing free and low-cost science and history education for thousands of area students.”

This year marks the sixth year for The Science of Wine, after a COVID-necessitated break in 2020. Sponsored by Bluff City Land Rover, the event brings back all of the highlights, from gourmet snacks by some of the best restaurants in the Bluff City, to nerdy science facts about terroir and how the weather affects the grapes. West Tennessee Crown donated the wine, champagne, and made arrangements for many of the speakers, and Party Concepts designed the wine tour throughout the Museum.

A VIP Ticket package comes with early admission, including samples of food before the crowds. VIP restaurants include Erling Jensen, Farm & Fig, Vanelli’s Deli, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Other Memphis favorites will also be on hand, including Rizzo’s, Char, Café Society, Alchemy/Salt Soy and Elwood’s Shack, with additional treats from J. Brooks Coffee, K-3 Studio, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen and Wolf River Popcorn.

There are General Admission and VIP Tickets available, as well as a special price for Designated Drivers. The event is scheduled for November 4, from 6:30PM – 9:00PM, while VIP guests are invited to arrive at 6:00PM. This is a 21+ event, and I.D. and vaccination cards are required for entry. MoSH Membership holders receive additional discounts. For tickets and additional information, please visit MoshMemphis.com/Science-of-Wine.

October 6, 2021- Memphis, TNInaugural STEAMFest at the Museum of Science and History Promises Peek at STEAM Careers

Dozens of Memphis Community Partners Team Up to Provide Valuable Insight into the World of STEAM

The Museum of Science and History (MoSH) has announced its inaugural MoSH STEAMFest on October 23, featuring booths, talks, presentations, and demonstrations from a wide range of community partners with a focus on the importance of STEAM and STEAM Career paths.

“We are so grateful to the Memphis business and nonprofit community for coming together for this special event for students of all ages,” says Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of MoSH. “STEAM subjects are not only an important element in the education of our young people, but a crucial hiring need for businesses and nonprofits.”

The MoSH STEAMFest is presented alongside the statewide Tennessee STEAM Festival, which aspires to build interest and excitement in STEAM subjects, and cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners.

Exciting exhibits and demonstration areas will give local businesses, colleges/universities and community partners a chance to show how science and the arts play a role in everything they do, whether it’s exploring spacetime, building KNex cars, creating an MRI, or using engineering in a variety of industries. A sampling of exhibits, demonstrations and presentations includes:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers: Visitors will learn how to build a KNex car and collect the information needed to calculate distance.
  • Bearden Company/Deep Delta Films: The writer-filmmaker’s work will be on display, and Bearden will demonstrate how to edit videos on smartphones.
  • Center of Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis: Earthquake-related equipment and shake table.
  • City of Memphis Division of Engineering: Earthquake simulator, visitors can build things to test their ability to withstand an earthquake.
  • Christian Brothers University: Demonstrations from the Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments will include a seismic shake table, drones and a go cart project.
  • FedEx: FedEx will be hosting a FedEx Lounge featuring videos of Roxo the SameDay bot, demonstrations of SenseAware ID, the FedEx sensor technology, and other activities.
  • LeMoyne-Owen College Science on Wheels: Hands-on science activities on board the Science on Wheels Mobile Science lab. Activities will be suitable for ages 4 years old and up.
  • Pickering Engineering: Participants can build a spoon catapult. This will be simple for all ages, made of household materials (popsicle sticks, spoon, etc.).
  • Rhodes College: The Rhodes College CubeSat Team will have two outreach activities: a demonstration of spacetime using a spandex sheet and a demonstration of solar cells and the variables that affect their output current and voltage, including the type of connection (parallel or series) and wavelengths of incident light.
  • University of Memphis Biomedical Engineering Department: Compass needle and magnet experiments to demonstrate the principle behind the science of seeing inside the body using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

In addition to the STEAMFest booths, there will be food trucks. For a full list of participating community partners and their STEAM-based demonstrations, visit MoSHMemphis.com/mosh-steamfest.

September 14, 2021 – Memphis, TN –Memphis Museum of Science & History Announces New Staff Members

Jeffrey King, Jared Bulluck, Michele Arquette-Palermo and Raka Nandi Join MoSH

The Museum of Science and History (MoSH) is proud to announce four key additions to its staff. The Museum, which was rebranded earlier this year to better reflect the entirety of its scope, has named department leads for Guest Services, Development, Community Engagement, and Collections and Exhibits.

“These additions are key to the continued evolution of the Museum as we strive to expand our outreach and grow relationships with more communities,” says Executive Director Kevin Thompson. “We want to be innovative in how we engage with our wide audience through our programming.”

Jeffrey King has joined MoSH as Director of Guest Services. Prior to this, he served as Director of Visitor Services at the Denver Art Museum. King has a B.A. in Fine/Studio Arts from Fort Lewis College in Colorado. “Jeff’s experience helped Denver Art Museum change and grow from a much smaller institution that needed guest services infrastructure to what is now one of the leading art museums in the country,” says Thompson. “We know he can help grow MoSH to be a larger regional presence, which is one of our goals.” King will manage all ticketing, store, membership and guest relations for MoSH.

Memphian Jared Bulluck joins MoSH as the Director of Development on September 16. With a B.A. in Business from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from Christian Brothers University, Bulluck brings extensive experience in the Memphis business and nonprofit community from his more than 10 years at Leadership Memphis, the last four years as Sr. Director of Operations. “Jared’s experience with Leadership Memphis is really going to help us connect better to our community and funders, and to engage a whole new group of people in the museum,” says Thompson.

Michele Arquette-Palermo will be joining MoSH as Director of Community Engagement on October 23. She holds an M.S in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University in addition to a B.S. in Science.  With 20 years of experience in museums and nonprofits, most recently for Cranbrook Institute of Science, Arquette-Palermo forged relationships with the community, local government, and higher learning institutions as well as corporation and foundations in the region. “Michele helped the Cranbrook Institute of Science develop state-wide programming in their outreach,” says Thompson. “At MoSH, we’re beginning to expand our presence not just in the city of Memphis but into some of our surrounding counties with new outreach initiatives. Michele’s experience can help us engage our community on a much, much deeper level and expand our presence as well.”

Raka Nandi has returned to the Museum as Director of Collections and Exhibits, beginning October 11. Nandi has a B.A. in Communications from Mills College, a M.A. in Public History from George Mason University and a M.A. in European Studies from Washington University. Nandi previously served as Curator of History for MoSH, before serving as Librarian of the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library, Collections Manager for the National Civil Rights Museum and Director of Exhibitions for The Stax Museum. “Nandi’s experience at the local and national level will help MoSH reach its full potential with our Natural and Cultural Histories collections,” says Thompson. “Her experience of integrating updated technology with exhibits will help us connect with newer, younger audiences, as well as return visitors to the museum.”

In addition to these staffing updates, the Museum is adding technology upgrades which include electronic ticketing, a collections inventory system, and updated website that more clearly communicates the properties and resources that the Museum encompasses.

“I’m excited to bring a new team of leadership to the museum. These new directors complement our existing leadership team well,” adds Thompson. “I feel we have a well-balanced team to achieve the strategic direction set by our Board as we move forward.”

August 24, 2021 – Memphis, TN – Memphis Museum of Science & History – MoSH included in nearly $1 million grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Science Alliance of Tennessee one of 15 awardees nationwide chosen for prestigious grant; MoSH also awarded a Museums for America grant

The Science Alliance of Tennessee, a consortium of six non-profit science museums across the state, will be receiving nearly $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As a member of the Science Alliance of Tennessee, Memphis Museum of Science & History – MoSH will be awarded $127,000 of the three-year, nearly $1 million grant.

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. The projects will receive funds totaling $6,387,709, and the organizations receiving the awards are matching them with $4,577,282 in non-federal funds. Only 15 projects were chosen from a pool of 74 applicants.

The Science Alliance of Tennessee project is entitled The Tennessee Rural Impact Project, and will provide a proof-of-concept of the ways informal education centers can engage, learn from, and support underserved rural counties. Over the three-year period, the Tennessee Rural Impact Project will illustrate the ways in which STEM and literacy support at the K-2 level, when offered within challenged rural communities, will enhance teacher practices which are further complemented by home, school and community partnerships committed to increased opportunities for strengthening teaching and learning in ongoing ways.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. It advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Its vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

MoSH was also independently awarded a $65,090 IMLS Museums for America grant to produce a 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit accompanying Rise Up:  Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, a traveling exhibit produced by the NewseumMoSH’s exhibit has a working title of LGBTQ Memphis.  Along with local LGBTQ history, the exhibit will highlight contemporary opportunities and challenges LGBTQ Memphians face and will connect local history to the national narrative. MoSH curators will work with community stakeholders to determine exhibit content and secure artifact acquisitions/loans to ensure the exhibit tells as complete and inclusive a story as possible. The exhibits will be on display June – August 2022.

About the Science Alliance of Tennessee

With its six member institutions, the Science Alliance of Tennessee has an annual economic impact of $44 million, engaging more than 1.1 million Tennessee students, teachers and visitors of all ages in hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Member institutions include:

  • Adventure Science Center, Nashville (Steve Hinkley, President & CEO)
  • Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga (Henry Schulson, Executive Director)
  • Discovery Center, Murfreesboro (Tara MacDougall, President & CEO)
  • Hands-On Discovery Center, Johnson City (Andy Marquart, Executive Director)
  • The Muse, Knoxville (Allison Comer, Interim Executive Director)
  • Museum of Science & History, Memphis (Kevin Thompson, Executive Director)

 

 

August 9, 2021 – Memphis, TN – Memphis Museum of Science & History Awarded Climate Initiative Grant

Grant to Fund Energy Assessments for Energy-Efficient Improvements at MoSH Facilities

The Museum of Science & History – MoSH announces the award of a Frankenthaler Climate Initiative grant conferred by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.  The first program of its kind supporting energy efficiency and clean energy projects for the visual arts in the U.S., the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative was developed in partnership with RMI, a leading global expert and advocate for clean energy, and Environment & Culture Partners consultancy, and was launched this past February as a $5-million, multi-year program.

MoSH is one of 79 grant recipients from the 2021 grant making cycle representing a broad cross-section of collecting institutions across more than 25 states, ranging from smaller specialized museums, including the Abbe Museum (ME) and Museum of International Folk Art (NM), to regional powerhouses like Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (FL) and Denver Art Museum (CO), to major encyclopedic institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and National Gallery of Art (DC).

The award will fund ASHRAE Level 1 energy assessments at MoSH – Pink Palace and MoSH – Lichterman Nature Center. The assessments will be the basis of an implementable plan for energy-efficient improvements at both facilities.  MoSH will partner with Entegrity Energy Partners, LLC of Little Rock, AR to perform the energy assessments.

“The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative was conceived to move art museums toward net zero, and to set an example for all institutions and citizens to follow suit. We wanted to help U.S. art institutions join the climate fray. There is a void to be filled: a crying need to provide technical know-how and financial support to art institutions to scope their needs, define problems, and implement solutions. We made a wide swath of grants in the hope that private benefactors and public policy would continue to support these and other art institutions in their climate goals,” said Fred Iseman, President of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Added Foundation’s Director, Elizabeth Smith, “By documenting and sharing best practices and expanding our funding, the impact of the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative will not only be measured by the grants we confer but the impact over time on the sector as it supports the creation of greener and more sustainable institutions.”

MoSH qualified for the grant based on its collection of visual art representing Memphis and the Mid-South, including the iconic Burton Callicott murals and the Clyde Parke Circus.

“As we enter this decisive decade in the fight against climate change, every sector of the U.S. economy is called to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of RMI. “Charitable institutions will require significant support for these technical and capital projects, but the good news is that so much of energy efficiency is cost-effective, providing financial benefits while reducing emissions. Every efficiency and clean generation project funded through the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative will be a form of endowment investment for the museum recipient and for the planet.”

FRANKENTHALER CLIMATE INITIATIVE EXPANDS TO $10 MILLION MORE THAN $5 MILLION AWARDED TO 79 ART MUSEUMS ACROSS U.S. AS PART OF INAUGURAL GRANTMAKING CYCLE  

Launched by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in Partnership with RMI and Environment & Culture Partners, Initiative Advances Goal of Carbon Neutrality across the Visual Arts 

New York, NY—July 28, 2021—The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced today that it has increased the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative to a total commitment of $10 million and conferred $5.1 million to nearly 80 visual art institutions across the United States. The first program of its kind supporting energy efficiency and clean energy projects for the visual arts in the U.S., the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative was developed in partnership with RMI, a leading global expert and advocate for clean energy, and Environment & Culture Partners consultancy, and was launched this past February as a $5-million, multi-year program. In response to the range, depth, and need of applications from the first call for proposals, the Foundation is conferring the full initial commitment in its inaugural cycle and dedicating an additional $5 million to be awarded over the next two years.

The 79 grant recipients from the 2021 grantmaking cycle represent a broad cross-section of collecting institutions across more than 25 states, ranging from smaller specialized museums, including the Abbe Museum (ME) and Museum of International Folk Art (NM), to regional powerhouses like Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (FL) and Denver Art Museum (CO), to major encyclopedic institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and National Gallery of Art (DC). With annual operating budgets ranging in size from $1 million to nearly $500 million, applicants’ diversity demonstrated an expansive interest and need for this support across the field. A full listing of grantees is available at frankenthalerclimateinitiative.org.

“The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative was conceived to move art museums toward net zero, and to set an example for all institutions and citizens to follow suit. We wanted to help U.S. art institutions join the climate fray. There is a void to be filled: a crying need to provide technical know-how and financial support to art institutions to scope their needs, define problems, and implement solutions. We made a wide swath of grants in the hope that private benefactors and public policy would continue to support these and other art institutions in their climate goals,” said Fred Iseman, President of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. “RMI, one of the world’s key thought, policy, and technology leaders in global carbon reduction, has agreed to work alongside us to provide our FCI grantees with its massive environmental engineering expertise for one reason: the importance of art as an instrument of enlightenment and public leadership. We are grateful to them and to Environment & Culture Partners, and delighted by the breadth and depth of the 79 institutions who successfully applied for grants to date. The enormous response caused us to double down on our commitment.” Added Iseman, “Life imitates art—think of Delacroix and his Liberty Leading the People. That painting helped overthrow the last French Bourbon king. We are proud to do our part in a climate call to arms.”

“Humanity is facing an existential crisis due to climate change. And since the arts can and should play a leadership role in focusing society on crucial issues, we have initiated our largest grant program to date to help museums participate in this all-important campaign against global warming. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation wants to help galvanize the arts community to reach for a net-zero carbon footprint starting right now,” said the Foundation’s Chairman Clifford Ross.

Added Foundation’s Director, Elizabeth Smith, “By documenting and sharing best practices and expanding our funding, the impact of the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative will not only be measured by the grants we confer but the impact over time on the sector as it supports the creation of greener and more sustainable institutions.”

Reducing both operational costs and climate impacts for the planet, the inaugural grants support key interdependent goals at each of the institutions, including:

  • Providing critical funds to institutions to replace end of life systems, bring existing buildings up to current standards, and respond to evolving state and local policies, at Met Cloisters (NY), the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), and the Seattle Art Museum (WA);
  • Creating new avenues for museums to achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability, such as ICA Boston (MA) and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA), both of which anticipate that energy savings will pay back the investment made in new systems in less than two years;
  • Helping museums actualize their own climate goals, including climate neutral commitments made by such institutions as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY), Museum of Modern Art (NY), and The Davis (MA)
  • Advancing an institution’s ability to prepare for and respond to climate-driven disasters, including California Indian Museum and Cultural Center’s creation of a resilient power system and cleaner air system, which will improve museum operations while also establishing a safe haven for the public during forest fires; and Museo de Arte de Ponce’s (Puerto Rico) assessments for wall insulation and repair to create a climate-ready, earthquake-ready museum.

“As we enter this decisive decade in the fight against climate change, every sector of the U.S. economy is called to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of RMI. “Charitable institutions will require significant support for these technical and capital projects, but the good news is that so much of energy efficiency is cost-effective, providing financial benefits while reducing emissions. Every efficiency and clean generation project funded through the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative will be a form of endowment investment for the museum recipient and for the planet.”

Applications were evaluated on the bases of both feasibility and impact, and monetary awards have been issued in proportion to the scope and timeline of the project. Awarded projects were evenly divided between scoping and technical assistance grants, which help museums understand the climate and energy mitigation opportunities at their facilities and support the specification and budgeting to allow for procurement and financing, and implementation grants, which provide partial and seed funding for fully specified projects. Recipients are required to track and report their energy and greenhouse gas reduction in Energy Star® Portfolio Manager, providing important data for the cultural sector and the climate movement. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation will continue working with grantees through the coming years to share best practices and insights from their projects. The application process for the next grantmaking cycle is expected to commence in early 2022.

About the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative

The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is the first nation-wide program to support energy efficiency and clean energy use for the visual arts and the largest private national grant-making program to address climate change action through cultural institutions. Its grants provide critical support to visual art museums in the United States seeking to assess their impact on the environment and to lower ongoing energy costs, which are among the highest fixed costs faced by museums. The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative builds on the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s commitment to social impact philanthropy, catalyzing change across critical issues in the arts.

The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative was launched and is managed in association with RMI, an independent nonprofit that engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs in accelerating the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future, and Environment & Culture Partners, a nonprofit that creates relationships and leads collaborations that engage the cultural sector in broader climate action

About Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Established and endowed by Helen Frankenthaler during her lifetime, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation advances the artist’s legacy and inspires a new generation of practitioners through a range of philanthropic, educational, and research initiatives. Since becoming active in 2013, the Foundation has continued to strategically expand its program, which includes organizing and supporting significant exhibitions of the artist’s work, fostering new research and publications, advancing educational programs in partnership with arts organizations around the world, and launching groundbreaking initiatives that foster systemic change in the field. As a primary resource on the artist, and a steward of her collection and archive, the Foundation holds an extensive selection of Frankenthaler’s work in a variety of mediums, her collection of works by other artists, and original papers and materials pertaining to her life and work.

August 4, 2021 – Memphis, TN – Pink Palace Crafts Fair Back for Its 49th Year 

Shop, Play and Explore at The Pink Palace Crafts Fair September 24- 26

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is back bigger and better than ever for its 49th year at Audubon Park in East Memphis. The public is invited to come shop, play and explore at this year’s Crafts Fair September 24- 26. In addition to nearly 150 craftsmen and artists, this year’s Crafts Fair will feature lots of fun activities including the Craftsmen Demonstration Tent, Kid’s Activities Tent, Petting Zoo and the ever-popular choo-choo train.

This year, the Crafts Fair is in September instead of October. “We moved the event to September to be more accessible to children and families before they leave town for fall break in October. We also wanted to accommodate school groups during a time they are in school,” said Pam Dickey, Pink Palace Crafts Fair Chairman.

The Crafts Fair will include a host of food trucks where visitors can eat and drink to their heart’s content. Pronto Pups, turkey legs and more will be there for the eating. Craft beer and wine will also be available. Visitors will find a variety of eclectic pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, leatherwork, sculpture, woven goods and so much more.

“After having to cancel last year’s Crafts Fair, we are really excited to be hosting the 49th edition of this iconic event. We’ll have close to 150 craftsmen as well as a whole new line-up of entertainment,” said Dickey.

The Crafts Fair is sponsored by First Horizon, The Marston Group, Marge Palazola and Friends of the Pink Palace.

Some of the craftsmen at this year’s Crafts Fair include broom maker Jack Martin, metalsmith Virginia Fisher, printmaker Martha Kelly, sculpture Lester Jones, well-known potter Agnes Stark and many others.

Parking is free.

For more information about the Pink Palace Crafts Fair, visit https://www.memphismuseums.org/join/friends-of-the-pink-palace/the-pink-palace-crafts-fair/

July 7, 2021 – Memphis, TN – Stargazing on The Lawn coming to the Museum of Science & History

Telescopes, Planetarium Shows, Activities & More Coming July 30th

Come explore the stars and planets through telescopes on the front lawn of the Pink Palace Mansion and enjoy other astronomy-related activities at MoSH Friday, July 30th from 7 PM to 10 PM.

Learn about different types of telescopes and enjoy a host of fun activities and talks for all ages on the Mansion lawn and inside the Museum. There will be short planetarium shows describing the night sky and astronomical laser shows approximately every 20 minutes.

Dr. Ann Viano, Professor of Physics at Rhodes College, will be bringing an 8″ telescope for guests to observe the night sky including planets Mars, Saturn and Venus.

The event will also include a series of talks/presentations. Bill Weppner, Apollo Mission Flight Controller, will be giving a presentation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission. Joanne F. Rhodes, Professor of Physics and Materials Science at the University of Memphis, will be giving a talk entitled Ten Billion to One… the Voyage Solar System Experience.

Activities will include a filtered light demonstration showing how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Visitors will also be able to make a scale model of the solar system and take a Solar System Walk in the Mansion.

The public is invited to join MoSH and partners the Memphis Astronomical Society, Rhodes College and the University of Memphis for an evening with the stars.

Admission to the event is $5. Children under 3 are free.

To learn more about Stargazing on The Lawn, visit https://www.memphismuseums.org/pink-palace-museum/events/observing-on-the-lawn/

For more information, please e-mail Bill Walsh at bill.walsh@memphistn.gov

Memphis, Tenn., October 13, 2021The Science of Wine is Back at the Museum of Science & History

The best of Memphis food and wine come together for a night of fine dining and wine tasting.

The Museum of Science & History (MoSH) is proud to announce the return of The Science of Wine on Thursday, November 4, 2021. This premier event offers attendees the opportunity to sip, sample and learn as they try wines from some of the best regions in the world, as well as special tastings from some of the best in Memphis dining.

“We’re excited to introduce our guests to dishes from some of Memphis’s most popular restaurants, hand paired with wines from around the world, all while learning through demos and guided tasting sessions,” says John Mullikin, Education Instructor for MoSH. “The best part is that proceeds will benefit the Museum of Science & History’s Community Engagement department, providing free and low-cost science and history education for thousands of area students.”

This year marks the sixth year for The Science of Wine, after a COVID-necessitated break in 2020. Sponsored by Bluff City Land Rover, the event brings back all of the highlights, from gourmet snacks by some of the best restaurants in the Bluff City, to nerdy science facts about terroir and how the weather affects the grapes. West Tennessee Crown donated the wine, champagne, and made arrangements for many of the speakers, and Party Concepts designed the wine tour throughout the Museum.

A VIP Ticket package comes with early admission, including samples of food before the crowds. VIP restaurants include Erling Jensen, Farm & Fig, Vanelli’s Deli, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Other Memphis favorites will also be on hand, including Rizzo’s, Char, Café Society, Alchemy/Salt Soy and Elwood’s Shack, with additional treats from J. Brooks Coffee, K-3 Studio, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen and Wolf River Popcorn.

There are General Admission and VIP Tickets available, as well as a special price for Designated Drivers. The event is scheduled for November 4, from 6:30PM – 9:00PM, while VIP guests are invited to arrive at 6:00PM. This is a 21+ event, and I.D. and vaccination cards are required for entry. MoSH Membership holders receive additional discounts. For tickets and additional information, please visit MoshMemphis.com/Science-of-Wine.