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Spirit of the Old West Grand Opening Lecture Events

Friday-Sunday, February 20-22, 2015

Jerry Frick Lectures

Jerry Fick has spent most of his life collecting and curating the artifacts in The Spirit of the Old West exhibition. He plans to share some of his knowledge during a series of presentations over the opening weekend of the exhibition.

Friday, February 20 | 7:30–9:00 PM
"Plains Indians Life and Culture"
A great and unique culture that developed and flourished on the great plains of the American West. Though it only endured for 100 years it left a lasting impression on the world.

Saturday, February 21 | 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
"Great Leaders of the American West"
This talk includes a few of the famous and not-so-famous people who made great contributions, shed their blood and gave their lives for the great America we have today.

Saturday, February 21 | 2:00–3:30 PM
"The Battle of Little Big Horn"
One of the best known engagements in American history. Jerry Fick will explore what lead up to the battle, the Native Americans' point of view, their greatest victory and, ultimately, their greatest defeat.

Sunday, February 22 | 1:30–3:00 PM
"Fur Traders of the Shining Mountain"
How the fur trade impacted the North American economy and its causes in bringing on conflict, wars and the exploration of North America.

Sunday, February 22 | 3:30–5:00 PM
"The Way West: Stories of the Emigrants"
The opening up of the western frontier. The pioneers track West, their hardships, tribulations and the trespass through Native American lands.

These presentations are free with general admission to the Museum. Members of the Museum are free.

Museum Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday Morning Speaker Series
Howden Ganley
The Road to Monaco: My Life in Motor Racing

Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 10:30am-Noon

Speaker Series: Howden Ganley

Howden Ganley grew up in New Zealand, where his ambition was to race yachts or play for the 'All Blacks' New Zealand rugby team. That changed when, as a 13-year-old, he made a last-minute decision to join his father and brother as a spectator at the 1955 NZ Grand Prix. As he recalls, the sound of high-powered engines, the fumy aroma of motor oil, and the sight of heroic drivers working the wheel at speed mesmerized him. From that day his focus shifted and he set a goal of competing in Formula 1. Howden raced cars at the highest level internationally at the apex of motor racing's most glamorous and dangerous era-the 1960s and 70s, when Formula 1 drivers enjoyed rock star status, while driving in cars and on circuits that had virtually none of the safety features today's drivers take for granted. Howden Ganley had 41 Formula One Championship Grand Prix starts during his career, competed in World Sports Car Racing, finishing second in the Team Matra 1-2 finish at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1972.

A resident of Danville, CA, Howden recently published his autobiography, The Road to Monaco: My Life in Motor Racing The book is described as "a high octane ride through the precinct of the sport, from mechanics' bay to the test track, from drawing board to pattern shop, from start line to chequered flag. It is an exciting, absorbing and often wryly amusing view of motor racing, from the workshop, the pit wall, the cockpit, and many other vantage points."

Howden will talk about his racing career, from mechanic to driver and as a race car constructor, and will be available to answer questions and sign his recently published autobiography.

This Lecture is included in admission to the Museum and Museum Members are free. Join today and enjoy many events at the Museum.

Photo Captions: From top left, counterclockwise: LeMans 24Hrs 1972; Spa1000Kms 1973(LAT Photographic); Monaco GP1972,BRMP180(Getty) and Team McLaren's first F1 cars.

Danville Community Band Concert
In My Merry Oldsmobile

Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 2:00 pm

The Danville Community Band is comprised of volunteers from Danville and surrounding areas. Members have varied musical backgrounds, represent many professions and range in age from 13 to 80 years. They are dedicated musicians who have a common interest in playing music and improving their skills while having fun.

In addition to the musical 'standards' written for concert band, their repertoire includes contemporary, classical, patriotic, pop, marches and Broadway show tunes. The Danville Band will be putting on a concert at the Blackhawk Museum and the show is free with your admission to the Museum. This Concert is Free for Museum Members.

Saturday Morning Speaker Series
Lyn St. James
Race Car Driver and Speed Record Holder

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 10:30am-Noon

Speaker Series: Howden Ganley

Lyn St. James is a professional race car driver and is one of seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. After coming up through the Sports Car Club of America amateur ranks in the 1970s, St. James captured attention wielding Mustangs in the Trans Am and IMSA GT classes, posting numerous victories and top-10 finishes. In 1985, Lyn St. James became the first woman to break the 200-mph barrier on an oval, when she drove a Ford Mustang Probe (GT Prototype race car) to an average lap speed of 204.223 mph at Alabama International Motor Speedway. In October 1988 at the Talladega Motor Speedway in the new shape Ford Thunderbird built by Bill Elliott Racing, Lyn set a women's closed-course world record of 212.577 mph.

Lyn later went on to race in the Indianapolis 500 seven times and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1992. In 1995 she established a world record on closed-course for women reaching 225.722 mph during the Indy 500 qualification weekend, setting 31 international and national closed circuit speed records. Lyn has two GTO 1 class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one GTO Class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

In 1994, Lyn established the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, a 501(c)3 promoting programs for upcoming young, talented race car drivers. The Foundation's Annual Awards Celebration highlights the achievements of women in the motorsports and automotive industries. Since retiring from the top ranks of American racing, St. James has been an advocate, mentor and coach for women in all sports.

This Lecture is included in admission to the Blackhawk Museum and Museum Members are free. Join today!

Photo Credit: Ron Kimball

Northern California Corvette Association
A Legend on Display 35

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Northern California Corvette Association

The Northern California Corvette Association was founded in 1956, three years after the introduction of the Corvette. For the past thirty-four years they have hosted A Legend on Display for Corvette enthusiasts and owner's alike.

For the second year in a row A Legend on Display will be in the parking lot of the Blackhawk Plaza and is free to all that want to watch. If you like to participate by bringing a car to the show, CLICK HERE to download a registration form

After you've seen the Corvettes, be sure to come to the Museum and see our classic cars, juke boxes, automobilia and the new Spirit of the Old West exhibition.

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