President's Message

President Welcome

BowersPassportThere is a lot going on around the Bowers as we approach summer and begin planning for the fall. Personally, I am very excited about our African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies exhibition with its opening weekend starting July 6 with our exclusive Member Preview event.

Many of you may know Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher—they have published roughly 16 books over the past 38 years and are two of the most iconic female explorers in the world today. If you can’t come on the opening night, plan on making their lecture on Saturday, July 7. They are amazing. This exhibit will be accompanied by a book of the same name that is almost 800 pages long and published in two volumes. Unfortunately, the book won’t be released until late October, but they will be back at the Bowers for the book launch.

If you want to look further into the future, we are also excited about our upcoming September 23 opening of Knights in Armor: Selections from the Stibbert Museum, Florence, Italy. This will be one of the most amazing exhibitions of armor that you will ever see. We are opening the exhibit with an elegant Candlelight Dinner honoring Frank DeSantis, pioneer boardmember and enthusiastic supporter of all things Italian.

Starting with our Knights exhibition, we will be changing the format of our Member Preview events. We will begin the evening with a Fellows Reception at 5 PM, followed by a members-only lecture in the Kershaw Auditorium from 6–7 PM, and then an exhibit celebration and viewing from 7–9 PM. It will make for a much fuller evening for everyone and, of course, the restaurant Tangata will be open for a fantastic dinner.

Finally, I am very pleased to announce that we have just hired Louanne Champagne-Brazil as our Chief Development and Marketing Officer. Louanne takes up her new duties on July 10 and will be in charge of all areas of development and marketing, including our Membership Program. I think you will be seeing and hearing a lot more from Louanne in the not too distant future.

Peter C. Keller, Ph.D