2018 Lighthouse Lecture Series

Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the fifth season of the popular Lighthouse Lecture Series. Each presentation takes place in the Fog Signal Building Museum on the third Saturday of the month and features a local naturalist, historian, volunteer or expert presenting on topics of public interest relevant to the Lighthouse or our area. Lectures in September through May will begin at 4 p.m. lectures in June through August will begin at 5 p.m.  All lectures last approximately one hour. This year’s lineup is as follows:

Saturday, January 20, 4 p.m.  – Isaac Rios on Through Native Eyes – Presented

Saturday, February 17, 4 p.m. – Jodi Smith on Even Whales Do It: Sex, Mating, and Menopause among Fish-Eating Killer Whales – Presented

Saturday, March 17, 4 p.m. – Sara Bogard on From Captivity to Open Ocean – Presented

Saturday, April 21, 4 p.m. – Scott Mercer on Whale Research and the 2018 Gray Whale Census – Presented

Saturday, May 5, 4 p.m. – Carina Monica Montoya on California’s Pacific Coast Highway (includes after lecture book signing) – Presented

Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m. – Nancy Morin on Point Arena Lighthouse Wildflower Wonderland – Presented

Saturday, June 2, 5 p.m. – Dr. Cynthia Catton on Causes and Consequences of Large-Scale Bull Kelp Loss in Northern California – Presented

Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m. – Tom Cochrane on The Geology Around the Point Arena Lighthouse – Presented

Saturday, July 14, 5 p.m. – Michael Combs on Logging on the Coast, from a Part-Time Logger’s Perspective – Presented

Saturday, August 4, 5 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on Point Arena Light Station Renovation 2008-2010  Postponed – new date TBD

Saturday, August 25, 5 p.m. – Jeanne Jackson on Nature Sightings at the Point Arena Lighthouse – Presented

Saturday, September 15, 4 p.m. – Eric Wilder & Family on Beings of the Kashia Pomo People  – Presented

Saturday, October 20, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello on What is B Bryan Preserve? – Presented

Saturday, November 17, 4 p.m. – Cea Higgins on Partners in Protection-The California Coastal Trail & Marine Sanctuary – Presented

Saturday, December 15, 4 p.m. – Hank Birnbaum  on Fort Ross: Then & Now

Admission to all lectures is $5 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc.  To make reservations or for more information on our lecture series and other special events, see our Calendar of Events or call the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809 extension 1.

2019 Lighthouse Lecture Series

Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the sixth season of the popular Lighthouse Lecture Series. Each presentation takes place in the Fog Signal Building Museum on the third Saturday of the month and features a local naturalist, historian, volunteer or expert presenting on topics of public interest relevant to the Lighthouse or our area. Lectures in September through May will begin at 4 p.m. lectures in June through August will begin at 5 p.m.  All lectures last approximately one hour. This year’s lineup is as follows:

Saturday, January 19, 4 p.m.  – Lisa Mortimeyer-Giacomini on Superfoods on our Coast – Hunting, Gathering, Cooking, Preserving

Saturday, February 16, 4 p.m. – Robin Joy Wellman on California Collection – The Project of the Sonoma- Mendocino Artifacts in St. Petersburg Kunstkamera

Saturday, March 16, 4 p.m. – Sara Bogard – Topic TBD

Saturday, April 20, 4 p.m. – Katy Tanja on Emily Fish Introduces Lady Lighthouse Keepers

Saturday, May 18, 4 p.m. – Nancy Morin  – Topic TBD

Saturday, June 15, 5 p.m. – Scott Mercer – Topic TBD

Saturday, July 27, 5 p.m. – Michael Combs – Topic TBD

Saturday, August 17, 5 p.m. – Eric Wilder – Topic TBD

Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on Point Arena Light Station Renovation 2008-2010

Saturday, October 19, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello – Topic TBD

Saturday, November 16, 4 p.m. – Jeanne Jackson on Mushrooming

Saturday, December 21, 4 p.m. – Speaker and Topic TBD

Admission to all lectures is $5 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc.  To make reservations or for more information on our lecture series and other special events, see our Calendar of Events or call the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809 extension 1.

Spotlight On Our Next Lecture

Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.  

On Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.  Hank Birnbaum will present “Fort Ross:  Then & Now” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Our North Coast’s Fort Ross served and continues to serve as a very unique crossroads between our native Pomo, the Russians with Alaska Native hunters, and the Spanish/Mexican empire to the south. Learn about the hidden stories, enduring legacy and ongoing activities of Metini-Fort Ross and Fort Ross Conservancy.

Hank is a bilingual guide, educator & historical specialist with the Fort Ross Conservancy.  With a Graduate Degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism Hank lived for 15 years at Lake Baikal in Siberia, where he worked as a National Park Ranger.  Since returning to California he has spent 11 years at Fort Ross.

Future Lectures

On Saturday, January 19 at 4 p.m.  Lisa Giacomini  will present  “Superfoods on our Coast – Hunting, Gathering, Cooking, Preserving”  as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.

Superfoods are foods that are nutritionally dense in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavor. These “free”, natural and organic foods exist everywhere in our coastal environment. This series will talk about where to hunt for them, how to gather or catch it, cook it, store it and preserve them.  We will cover ocean to mountains between the shoreline and the ridgelines near Point Arena. This presentation is a list of tips and tricks to make your outdoor life fun and healthier here on the South Coast.  Lisa is a firm believer that food is medicine and will also touch on how nutrition from these Superfoods wards off everything from heart disease to cancer. This series is not intended to impart too much science, but more about how to find, prepare and enjoy many different types of wild foods found here.

Lisa is the owner of Giacomini Specialty Products, known locally as Baby Tomato which is also a trademark and brand. Baby Tomato also does private events, personal chef, medicinal foods for clients, event planning, and fundraising for non-profits and all things “food”. All Baby Tomato foods are made with the freshest, most local and seasonal foods of the coast whenever possible. Lisa is a 30 year experienced free diver, hunter and avid outdoors person and helps others to develop the skills they need to thrive here.

On Saturday, February 16 at 4 p.m.  Robin Joy Wellman will present  “California Collection – The Project of the Sonoma- Mendocino Artifacts in St. Petersburg Kunstkamera”  as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.

Robin retired after 27 years at Fort Ross State Historic Park where she worked closely with natural and cultural history interpretation providing research, curriculum development, and programs. She worked closely with many partners including Sonoma Museum, San Francisco Presidio Trust, Gualala Art Center, Sonoma State, Santa Rosa Junior College, Stanford University, Russian Orthodox churches, and many people across the cultural spectrum including tribal members from all tribes (Kashaya, Coast Miwok, Dry Creek Pomo, Sakha, Kenaitze, Kodiak,  Tlingit members, and Aleut tribal members as it relates to the Northwest Pacific History, as well as Russian diplomats, and many international academics. In 2012 for the Fort Ross Bicentennial Robin was Chair for the California State Parks organizing over 38 events across the many cultures of Fort Ross.

Robin has presented internationally throughout Russia and Paris. She was recently chosen to write the forward of   ‘The California Collection’ –published by the Museum of Anthropology, Peter the Great, the Kunstkamera. She presented for the Russian Academy of Science, Russian Geographical Society, American Embassy in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Kargopol, St Petersburg, Archangelsk, Totma and Vologda.  She was trip lead and organizer for six trips between 2012-2107 with Coast Miwok, southern Pomo, Dry Creek Pomo, Kashaya Pomo and Yakutia tribal members. Robin received the award and recognition from Congress of Russian Americans, Russian General Consul, Russian Scouts, Governor of Vologda, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Sons of Revolution, and received California State Parks Director award for Interpreter of the Year. She continues to remain active being a presenter at the first forum in Hawaii in November of 2017 with the tribal people of Hawaii and academics related to the Russian American Company, presenting in Paris in regards to her work with the Kunstkamera, presenting in Oregon, and local conferences in as it relates to interpretation in Santa Cruz. Her passion and dedication to the telling of the Northwest Pacific has been core to her life work.

The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) is one of the richest ethnographical museums in the world and is a scholarly center of international fame. Today the museum houses the largest collection of Pomo and Coast Miwok basketry and adornment in the world with known provenience. The museum’s unique collections include collections from scientists and ethnographers of the Russian American and Northwest Pacific histories. Not only is the collection from original work of native people is also includes the provenance which is very important. Between 2012 and 2016 we took 6 trips with Pomo and Coast Miwok tribal members from the Kashaya Pomo, Southern Pomo, Dry Creek Pomo, and the Coast Miwok, academics and experts to assist the Kunstkamera curators with the naming and telling of this collection. This project and now the complete publication of the collection is a success. I will share the work we have done over the course of the last 6 years, as well as share pictures of objects not yet seen by the majority of people. I will share approved insights by the Native tribes and their members. Also included in the collection are drawings done by Voznesenskii of our coast and people who lived around Bodega Bay and Fort Ross. This is a unique international cooperation based on a historical setting between United States and Russia who have successfully joined together across cultural boundaries to share untold stories of our Point Arena and surrounding areas which is remarkable.