Russia's Great Voyages to America
Lectures, Activities and Seminars for Adults and Families

Sea Birds of the Northeastern Pacific
A Family Program

Join Academy naturalist Juan-Carlos Solis for an informal family presentation to explore the lives and conservation of the sea birds of the Northeastern Pacific. Look at Academy specimens including bird skins, nests, eggs, feathers and more.
Saturday, August 18 12:30 & 2:30 pm FREE with museum admission.

Russian Bliny
A Family Program

Enjoy a taste of Russian cuisine and make your own bliny -- small pancakes served with various fillings. Bliny are a traditional food for Maslenitsa, the feast that precedes the lean season of Lent. (Maslenitsa derives its name from the Russian word for "butter.") In this family program, Felix Bleykhman demonstrates the preparation of bliny, with the help of his daughter, Victoria Somoff.
Saturday, August 18 1pm Morrison Auditorium FREE with museum admission.

Balalaika Music
A Family Program

Join master instrument-maker and musician Francis Kosheleff and the Balka Ensemble for a live performance of traditional Russian folk music. Francis, born in Paris to French-Russian parents, has played the balalaika since 1954 and co-founded the Balka Ensemble in 1987.
Sunday, August 26 12:30 & 2:30 pm Morrison Auditorium FREE with museum admission.

Russian California: Maritime Activities and their Perception in California Today
A Lecture with John Middleton

This lecture surveys the scope of diplomatic, trade and scientific voyages conducted by the Russian-America Company and the Russian Imperial Navy between 1806 and 1863. John Middleton, the humanities and science advisor for the Anchorage Museum of History and Art during the planning of this exhibit, discusses how these voyages had a significant and diverse impact on California history and the modern perception of those maritime activities today.
Tuesday, October 16 7:30 pm Morrison Auditorium
$8 Academy of Sciences members/$12 non-members

In the Wake of Aleuts and Russians: Kayaking South San Francisco Bay
A Special Field Exploration
Program includes a fee and registration is required. Please call (415) 750-7100 for more information.
Session I: Saturday October 20 10 am - 4 pm
Session II: Sunday October 21 10 am - 4 pm

Leaps and Bounds
A Family Program

Join the Presidio Children's Dance Theater and the Nikolay Prinsakar's music ensemble for an exuberant, highflying performance of Russian folk dances and music. The year old San Francisco based Presidio Children's Theater, has performed nationally and locally in the interest of furthering cultural understanding. This special program is presented in conjunction with the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation.
Sunday October 28 12:30 & 2:30 pm Morrison Auditorium. FREE with museum admission.

Foreign Powers and Native People in the Pacific Northwest
A Special Seminar with Gunther Barth

Program includes a fee and registration is required. Please call (415) 750-7100 for more information. Session I: Wednesday November 14 1 - 9 pm
Session II: Wednesday November 28 1 - 9 pm