October 2013 ENews

October 1st:  “Frank Matsura’s Portraits of the Okanogan: His Eye and His Contemporaries”
7:00 - 8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, doors open at 6:15pm.  Free.
Co-sponsored by the Okanogan Historical Society/Shafer Museum

In the culminating event of the Okanogan Historical Society’s year-long project to celebrate Frank S. Matsura’s photographic work, renowned photography historian Rod Slemmons will place Frank Matsura's work at the beginning of the 20th Century in the context of his fellow photographers in the Northwest and beyond.  2013 is the 100th anniversary of Matsura’s death, and his photography of Okanogan County, capturing a county with diverse races and cultures in transition, from 1903 -1913, is as important and fascinating today as ever. 

Frank MatsuraMatsuura Sakea was born in 1873 in Japan. At a young age, Matsuura was orphaned and, in relative poverty, left to be raised by his aunt and uncle.  He moved to the U.S., where he would become known as Frank S. Matsura.  In 1903 Matsura answered an advertisement in a Seattle newspaper for a cook’s helper and laundryman for the Elliott Hotel in Conconully, then the county seat of rural Okanogan County. Arriving with his camera and equipment, he immediately began photographing the people and the landscape of the Okanogan Valley.  Matsura quickly integrated into both the tribal and non-tribal communities and photographed the development of Okanogan and the surrounding landscape. He witnessed and documented the substantial changes that were occurring in the Okanogan Valley at the turn of the century. His subject matter was diverse and included portraits, celebrations, landscapes and daily life in the valley.  His funeral, the largest in Okanogan Co. history, was attended people of all races.

Photography historian Rod Slemmons will show many of Matsura’s local images, as well as discuss the photographic technology of the time and the various cameras Matsura used.  Attendees can also look at many of Matsura’s original glass plates, and a selection of his framed prints.  The new Okanogan Historical Society book, “Frank S. Matsura” will be available for purchase.

The Okanogan Historical Society inherited over 700 Matsura glass plates.  Their year-long project for the 100th anniversary of Matsura’s death explores his work as an artist, photograph, and an observer, and hopes to increase the understanding and appreciation of his work.

photo by Frank MarsuraRod Slemmons, traveling here from Chicago, was the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP) at Columbia College Chicago from 2002 to 2011 where he also taught undergraduate photo history and graduate seminars in the Photography Department. He is currently Curator at Large for MOCP and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was the Acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College for a stint. Rod taught photography and the history of photography for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) from 1990 to 1994 and named Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in 2007. Before and during his time at the University of Washington he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum for 14 years, producing 35 exhibitions and numerous catalogs. Rod trained at George Eastman House and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 – 78. He also has an MA in contemporary literature.

The event is free and open to everyone. The Barn will open at 6:15 and light snacks and beverages will be available. For more information, contact Mary at 996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class with Dave Moskowitz
October 19th - 20th,all day both days, $185*, space limited, JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a professional certificate in wildlife tracking through Cybertracker Conservation.

David and a co-instructor will actively engage participants in the process of identification and interpretation of tracks and signs encountered in the field. An interactive approach with time for questions and discussion will provide opportunities for participants to share their thoughts openly and ask detailed questions of the evaluators. We will strive to expose participants to the widest possible diversity of tracks and signs in the Methow, and the two-day class is entirely field based at various places around the valley.  See photos from our last track and sign certification class.

Cybertracker is an international non-profit conservation organization that provides training and evaluations to help people develop their practical observation skills. Cybertracker’s Wildlife Tracking Certification has become the international standard for professional and amateur certification in the field of wildlife tracking. Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot!

The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $185 per person. Participants who are beginners may want to study lightly and/or read a tracking guidebook, such as Dave's "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest." Lodging and food are on you own but we can give you suggestions if need be. To register or for more information, contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.

Annual Methow Mixer at EVO in Seattle
Wednesday, October 30th, 7:00 - 9:00pm, free, at evo in Seattle
Westsiders, mark your calendar now for a dose of the Methow in Seattle! Our annual Methow Mixer is going to be Wednesday evening, October 30th at evo in Fremont, and it’s going to be “wild” this year!

As always, the Methow Mixer is a fun time to meet and mingle with others who share your affection for the Methow Valley, and we’ll have sweet treats and drinks. In addition to the socializing, the Mixer will feature a photo and fact-filled program that will give you an even greater appreciation for the Methow Valley and the Great Northwest.

Wolves in the Land of Salmon
Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David MoskowitzSpeaker David Moskowitz, a naturalist, educator, wildlife tracker, author and photographer who has worked with the Methow Conservancy many times, will share stunning photography and stories about the life history, ecology, and conservation of the Pacific Northwest's gray wolf, from the Pacific coast to the edge of the Rocky Mountains.  Observing wolves at close range in the stunning wildlands of the Northwest has allowed Dave to explore how they live, hunt and communicate.

David will be selling and signing copies of his new book "Wolves in the Land of Salmon" at the event.  Read more about David's book here.  He is also the author of “Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.” He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. 

evo is at 3500 Stone Way, Seattle, WA 98103 (the corner of 35th & Stone Way N).  The event is free and everyone is welcome, kids too! For more information, contact us at 509-996-2870 or info@methowconservancy.org.

Dry-Cured Sausage-Making Class Rescheduled for Oct 12
Learn from homesteader extraordinaire Jim Salter how to make dry cured “Landjager” sausage in a hands-on class.  Originally schedule in September, and full with a wait list, we had to reschedule the class to October 12th and there is space available as of E-News publishing.

We'll provide USDA pork from Thompson’s Custom Meats, plus the spices, casings and cure.  You’ll work in a commercial kitchen with stuffers and grinders to make and then TAKE HOME Landjager, a dry cured sausage.  Participants just need to bring a cutting board, a sharp knife and a mixing bowl.

The class is Saturday, October 12 from 10am – 1pm and costs $35, including materials/meat.  Contact Mary to register at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.  See all our Methow Essentials classes here.

Keeping the Valley Clean
Saturday, October 5th, 9am - 11:30am
We could use your help cleaning up a short section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. The Methow Conservancy has a Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) Adopt-a-Highway section and we tidy it up several times a year. Come out for a few hours of camaraderie and cleaning, and get your picture taken with others at the “Methow Conservancy Volunteers“ Adopt-a-Highway sign!  Contact Mary for more details at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.

New Members
We’re grateful that new people join our list of supporters each month. Here is a list of the people and businesses who became new members of the Methow Conservancy between Sept. 4th and Sept 23rd:  Adam Bartholomew, Carolyn Dobbs and Russell Fox, and Janet Pietrzak.

Thank you for becoming members and supporting our efforts!

Events
Oct 1st: Methow Conservancy First Tuesday program, “Frank Matsura in Context: His Eye and His Contemporaries,” with renowned photography historian Rod Slemmons, 7pm at the Winthrop Barn.  Free.  Co-sponsored by the Okanogan Historical Society.  Rod Slemmons will place Frank Matsura's work in the context of his fellow photographers in the Northwest and beyond at the beginning of the 20th Century. He will also discuss the photographic technology of the time and the various cameras Matsura used.  Attendees can also look at many of Matsura‘s original glass plates, and a selection of his framed prints.  Click here for more details

Oct 5th: Methow Conservancy Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up
The Methow Conservancy has a Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) Adopt-a-Highway section and we tidy it up several times a year. Come out for 2 hours of camaraderie and cleaning, and get your picture taken with others at the “Methow Conservancy Volunteers“ Adopt-a-Highway sign!  Contact Mary for more details at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.

Oct 12th:  “Methow Essentials” Sausage Making Class, 10am – 1pm, $35.  Learn from homesteader extraordinaire Jim Salter how to make dry cured sausage in a hands-on class.  Take home your works of sausage art!  More details here.

Oct 19-20th:  Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $185*.  Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, and is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a certificate in wildlife sign and tracking.  More details here.

Oct 30th: Methow Mixer and “Wolves in the Land of Salmon” at evo in Seattle, 7-9pm, free.  See more details above.

Nov 5th:  Methow Conservancy First Tuesday program, “Storytelling for Change,” with local filmmakers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele, 7pm at the Twisp River Pub, free.  Benj and Sara have been telling stories about people, nature and climate change for over a decade. They will share some of their projects, including a series of short films on climate change in the Pacific Northwest.  See our Events page for more details

News from Other Organizations
Check out the upcoming news & events from other organizations and businesses!

Oct 6th: The 4th Annual Washington Young Farmer’s Mixer, Oct 6, 5pm, at Filaree Farm in Okanogan, free.  Young and new farmers can connect with seasoned, experienced farmers over a spit roast, potluck, conversation and more.  Camping is available.  Email Al Roberts for details and directions.

Oct 8th: GMO Films at the Twisp River Pub, 7pm, free.  Learn more about “Genetically Modified Organisms” in advance of the I-522 ballot initiative.  Films, "Seeds of Freedom" (30 minutes) and "Genetic Roulette" (1 hour) will be shown.  Drinks and dinner will be available for purchase.

Nov 2nd: Recycle Your Tires: Okanogan County Public Health is hosting a county-wide one time, free tire recycling and disposal event.  Various sites throughout the county will have one-day events, including Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Twisp Transfer Station.  Click here for the various locations, dates and times, plus the Tire Disposal Request form.

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance is offering, "Highland Wonders," a series of monthly natural history programs. Check out their full calendar.


* Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel or leave a fee-based course for any reason:
Full refunds will be given if the request is received two weeks or more before the day of the program (class, workshop, fieldtrip, etc.).  If the cancellation is made less than two weeks before the start of the program, the Methow Conservancy will give a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot.  If you cancel 24 hours or less before the start time of the program or after the class has started there will be no refund of the program fee.  Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program.  In this case you will receive a full refund.


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