Adult Programs

virtual gallery talk

bronze sculpture

Zoom in for a close look and lively conversation about art at The James. Grab a cup of coffee and join our virtual gallery talk from home with Tampa-based artist Lynn Manos and James Museum docent Sarah Hoddinott.

Learn about the bronze process and stories behind one of the sculptures found in our Native Life Gallery. Register at least 24 hours in advance to receive a Zoom meeting link to attend.

Thursday, October 1
9:30-10 a.m.

James Museum docent Sarah Hoddinott 

Tampa-based artist Lynn Manos

Missed the last Gallery Talk on Western Landscapes? Watch it here!

virtual author talk

Out West with Buffalo Bill
Gregory Hinton

Gregory Hinton is the creator and producer of Out West™, a nationally acclaimed museum program series devoted to illuminating the history and culture of LGBTQ+ communities in the American West. A California-based author, playwright, and historian, Hinton shares the story of leaving his rural town of Cody, Wyoming, and his eventual longing to return home. Register at least 24 hours in advance to receive a Zoom meeting link to attend.

sunday October 11
3-4 p.m.

Author, playwright, and historian Gregory Hinton

Book Club From Home

Our monthly Book Club will meet virtually until further notice. Join us from home (via Zoom) for camaraderie and great discussion led by James Museum docent Helen Huntley. A device with a webcam and microphone required. Space is limited; please register in advance. Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link prior to each meeting.

September17
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann

The wealth that came to the Osage Indians with the discovery of oil on their Oklahoma land made them targets for murder in the 1920s. White men and women married Osage, then killed them to inherit their mineral rights, or became the guardians of Osage children and killed their parents. Finally, the FBI came in to investigate. However, many of the murderers were never identified and others were suspected or known but never brought to justice. Explore this shocking chapter in our country’s history.

October 15
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Close Range: Wyoming Stories
By Annie Proulx

Explore the wide-open spaces of Wyoming and its hard-living people in this collection of short stories, including Brokeback Mountain, which inspired the movie of the same name. Life in this harsh environment meant coping with blizzards, isolation, hard work, and sometimes broken bodies and spirits.

November 19
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This Tender Land
By William Kent Krueger

Four young orphans escape from mistreatment at an Indian boarding school in the depths of the Great Depression and bring us along on their harrowing adventure. They aim to make it from rural Minnesota to the great Mississippi River and eventually to St. Louis. The book is page-turning fiction that brings to life the cruelties inflicted on children in Indian schools and the generosity of Hooverville residents camped along the riverbanks.

December 17
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Barbed Wire: The Fence that Changed the West
By Joanne Liu

Before the mid-1800s, both Native Americans and cattlemen depended on the wide-open range, but homesteaders needed a way to protect their crops. Barbed wire became the solution, leading to fence-cutting wars and other violence. Learn about the fence that shaped the history of the west, contributing to the near extinction of the bison and the end of the traditional Indian way of life.