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floodlecture.JPGThe Moses Lake Museum & Art Center's Speakers Series brings you the best in historic and special interest presentations from speakers across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Watch for book signings and special discounts on all books in the Museum Store during select programs. 

All evening speaker programs begin at 7:00 PM and are hosted in the Civic Center Auditorium. 

All programs are FREE admission. 

The Speakers Series is made possible through the generosity of our members, donations and the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Know of an excellent speaker? Contact us at and tell us, we'd love to hear from you.  

Fall Speakers Series

October 5, 2017

The Gamble: The Washington Potato Story
with Filmmaker David Tanner
Event Sponsor: Washington State Potato Commission

The Gamble is a 60-minute documentary, sponsored by the Washington State Potato Commission, which explores the personal stories of farm families and their heritage. Through the colorful and touching stories of those who have endured the evolution of the potato industry, we learn firsthand the true grit that it took to survive and prosper. Featuring narration by Emmy Award winning actor Peter Coyote, exclusive interviews from farmers and historians, archival footage and photographs, The Gamble tells the story of this special crop and the impact it had on the history and culture of the 42nd state.

Filmmaker David Tanner discusses filming The Gamble in the Columbia Basin. 

David Tanner is one of the founding principal partners of North by Northwest; a 25 year Northwest based video production and web interactive development company. Tanner now serves as the company’s president and CEO. He has worked in multiple capacities on numerous feature films, commercials and documentaries. A few include: creator and executive producer of Emmy Award winning Washington Grown, a “farm-to-table” food show, airing on KSPS-TV and KOMO-TV throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has produced and directed a feature documentary on Hoopfest called“3 on 3” (premiering on HDNet) and served as executive producer of In Time of War(featured nationally on American Public Television). As a producer and director, Tanner has received Emmy, Telly and Addy awards. As a commercial director he has produced ads for the Portland Trail Blazers, American Psychiatric Association, Albertsons, Micron Electronics, and Oregon Health Sciences University. 

October 12, 2017
First In: US Green Berets in Vietnam 1957
with Hank Cramer

In 1957, Captain Harry Cramer led the first team of Special Forces (“Green Beret”) advisers to South Vietnam to assist the development of the Vietnamese Army. This mission was highly classified at the time. The situation in Vietnam in the 1950’s was much different from that of the 1960’s, and Dwight Eisenhower’s strategy for dealing with it differed sharply from that of John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson. Captain Cramer was killed in Vietnam in October 1957, becoming the first US Army soldier to die in that war. His son, folksinger and historian Hank Cramer, will share the story of this mission, and its once secret details. Hank has a unique perspective on this story, as he is not only Captain Cramer’s son, but he himself later served with his father’s Special Forces unit in Asia, three decades later.

Hank Cramer is a traveling folksinger and historian based in Winthrop, WA. He is also a retired US Army officer. Hank has presented programs of history and music for Humanities Washington for over eight years. He was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Washington Award. He is currently writing a book on the subject of this 1957 Special Forces mission.

October 19, 2017
History, Honor, Healing and Hope
with Clarence Moriwaki

History, Honor, Healing and Hope - The timeless - and timely - story of the devastating impact of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again. Moriwaki explores the history of Japanese American immigration, establishment and impact of the unconstitutional incarceration, and by using powerful historical and contemporary images, compares reaction to WWII with current events.

Clarence Moriwaki is the president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and is a founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. For nearly 20 years, Clarence has worked to create and develop the Memorial and earn designation as a National Historic Site. For his efforts, in 2008 he was awarded the National Parks Conservation Association’s highest accolade, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Award.

Clarence is the principal of Forest Edge Communications and he has served CEO of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, campaign manager for the ACLU of Washington, and as a senior aide and spokesperson for President Bill Clinton, Governor Mike Lowry, Congressman Jay Inslee, Lt. Governor John Cherberg, the Washington State Senate, Kitsap County, Sound Transit and the Portland Rose Festival Association.

Clarence was also a news reporter and program producer for three Seattle radio stations, a member of the Tukwila City Council, candidate for the Washington State Senate and Kitsap County Commissioner. He has served on the board of directors for numerous state-wide, regional and local organizations and he is the state’s first and only 12 year-old Eagle Scout.

October 26, 2017

Suit of Lights 
with Producer Sarge Sargis

When a dead matador's soul is abducted by supernatural misfits, his longing for happiness manifests and the group sets out to reinvent themselves on the lam. The past is in close pursuit in the form of three enchanting sirens seeking to reclaim dominion over the matador, reminding him of the cost of letting go. When all parties converge, the matador faces an existential crisis of meaning, as all roads- past, present, and future- beckon him home.

Producer Sarge Sargis, Producer Wes Schmidt and Actor Bruce Jennings will lead a Q/A session about filming their Acid Western in the desert of Eastern Oregon.

Sarge Sargis is a independent film producer and music supervisor living in Portland, Ore. His feature production, "Suit of Lights", premiered at the Oaxaca Filmfest in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. "Suit of Lights" won the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and Best Director and Best Actor Awards from the Oregon Independent Film Festival.

Sargis's current work includes commercials, live music concert footage, documentaries, web content, and more. Additionally, Sargis works as a consultant in music rights and licensing technology.

Suit of Lights from Jeff Rowles on Vimeo.