Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks
The underwater world of shipwreck archaeology dives into nautical secrets of the Frolic, a ship which sank off the Coast of Mendocino during the Goldrush in 1850. Come explore the history of maritime navigation in the museum's upcoming full scale exhibition, Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks. The exhibit will feature authentic artifacts recovered from the Frolic on loan from the Mendocino County Museum. Artifacts from Bob Benner's world-class collection of historical navigation instruments will also be on display. These include an astrolabe, a Polynesian navigation chart, a ship's chronometer and a sextant. Seafaring explorers of all ages will enjoy this dynamic and interactive exhibit.
The exhibition will be open to the public December 10-20, 2013 & January 7 - July 24, 2014
Image: Brig Ephratah in a Storm by Antonio DeSimone (1851-1907). Permission of the Kelton Foundation.
January 23, 2014 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for the Grand Opening Reception for, Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks. The museum is pleased to announce that Tom Layton, author of three books chronicling the Gold Rush era ship, the Folic, will be in attendance as well as members of the Mendocino County Museum staff. Also, see a new documentary film about the Frolic made by CSU, Chico's Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA). Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
World Explorations - Nautical Navigation Before GPS
Sunday - February 9, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chico Women's Club.
Back by popular demand, naval historian and collector, Bob Benner, will reprise his fascinating exploration of the history of nautical navigation. Drawing on his experience in the U.S. Navy Reserve during WWII and as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant in the Korean War, Mr. Benner will weave tales of life at sea with his extensive knowledge of the history of maritime navigation. While many of his objects will be featured in the museum's exhibition, attendants can expect to see some examples of his world class collection of nautical navigation instruments.
World Explorations - Black Sailors and Abolition in the Age of Sail
Sunday - March 9, 2014, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chico Women's Club.
CSU, Chico Professor of English, Matthew Brown, will present his research on African Diasporic sailors and writers.
"During the era of American slavery, free and enslaved sailors of African descent roamed widely around the Atlantic world, participating in key historical events and leaving their stamp on the communities with which they came into contact. They stood with the patriots in the Boston Massacre and they stood with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay. Sailors also penned the first six autobiographies of Diasporic Africans written in English. But even before they began carrying their stories into print, they were an essential conduit of information between ships and ports and the growing abolitionist movement. Information about the horrors of slavery and emerging forms of resistance could not have traveled so swiftly to abolitionists without the information network that I call the Sailor’s Telegraph. By examining Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, I hope to shed some light on the Sailor’s Telegraph and to make some assertions about some of the ways sailor-writers like Equiano shaped American literature." ~Matthew Brown
A Pledged Bequest
California State University, Chico has received a testamentary bequest from emeritus faculty member Dr. Valene L. Smith to benefit the University’s Anthropology program and its Museum of Anthropology.
Museum News Spring 2013
Museum Summer Hours
Closed between exhibitions. See exhibition schedule for specific dates.
Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.
The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum
Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400