HMNS Weekly Happeinings

April 9, 2018


Lecture – Jousting – The Sport of Kings

Photo credit: Steve Hemphill

Jousting tournaments were held as grand sporting and social events in medieval times. These events sealed the mystique of the knight into modern times. In full knight armor, historian and historical jousting competitor Steve Hemphill will the take us through the various events of a grand tournament. Hemphill competes in historical jousting tournaments around the world. His most notable recent tournament was being part of the winning “English” team at Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Joust 2017 at the Royal Armouries, Leeds England.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18


Class – Chainmaille Class

Photo credit: Corey Green

Once used as a type of flexible armor made of interlocking metal rings, chainmaille has an extended history across the ages and around the world. Even today, it is being re-invented in a variety of ways, from protecting against shark bites to elaborate jewelry.

In this class, instructor Corey Green will explain historical chainmaille and its uses. You will learn techniques using the provided tools and materials to fashion “weaves,” as they are called, for different patterns. Go home with a finished piece of chainmaille jewelry and an understanding of the history of this art form. Advance registration recommended.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 6:00 PM

Member $80, Tickets $95


Lecture – From the Earth to the Moon – What Does It Take? by David Kring

Photo credit: NASA

This evening’s presentation will celebrate the launch of the first human in space, the flight of Yuri Gagarin on this day in 1961. Dr. David Kring will recount the history of human travel to the Moon and discuss our future travel. What will it take to return to the Moon? Kring will address the interfaces between science, exploration and operations that are required to ensure our nation’s return to the Moon maximizes productivity while enhancing safety and efficiencies during robotic and crew operations.

Dr. David A. Kring is the head of the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Dr. Kring is instrumental in academic-industry-NASA joint projects working on robotic lunar lander and rover systems that can be deployed anywhere on the lunar surface.

This event is sponsored by Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18


Spring Plant Sale and Garden Festival

Join us on Saturday, April 14th for the opportunity to restock your pollinator garden with beautiful, healthy, and hard-to-find nectar and butterfly  host plants. There will also be ladybugs and caterpillars for sale and a face painter for the kids! Once you’ve made your selections, stroll into the Grand Hallway to find our Garden Festival featuring orchids for sale, as well as booths from local gardening organizations. Entrance to the Plant Sale and Garden Festival are free and the knowledge and information you’ll leave with is priceless!

Face painter will be here from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Click Here to See a Layout of the Plant Sale!

Click Here for a List of All the Plants!


  • 8:00 a.m. – HMNS and Garden Festival opens to members
  • 8:30 a.m. – Spring Plant Sale opens to members
  • 9:00 a.m. –  Spring plant sale and Garden festival open to the public
  • 12:00 p.m. – Spring plant sale ends
  • 4:00 p.m. –  Garden Festival ends


  • $5 for members
  • $10 for non-members with a purchase of $30 or more from the Plant Sale
  • $20 for all others

There is free 3 hour parking available at the McGovern Centennial Gardens

Class – Introduction to Rocks and Minerals

Using over two-hundred specimens representing one-hundred different species that you will be encouraged to touch, this introductory workshop will focus on the way different minerals form and how they are classified. Industrial and commercial uses of minerals will also be emphasized to allow you the pleasure of identifying and appreciating minerals in your day to day life. Following the classroom instruction, the class will continue in the Museum’s Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and select displays in the Hall of Ancient Egypt and Gemstone Carvings.

Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum’s staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps. Each workshop includes a tour of multiple exhibition halls. The instructor is geologist and paleontologist James Washington, HMNS staff trainer.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 9:00 AM


Class size is limited.

Second Saturdays

2ND SATURDAY Is For Members!
Opening at 8 a.m. for Members only.

On the second Saturday of each month at our main location in Hermann Park, HMNS will open one hour early for Members only! See the Museum’s permanent exhibitions—always free for Members—before the crowds. Get exclusive discounted entry to special exhibitions, and enjoy arts & crafts, touch carts and guided tours while you’re here. Also featuring—Kid’s Pass! Bring it back every 2nd Saturday and your child will receive a small prize!

2ND SATURDAY is always free for Members. Make the most of your Membership and join us for 2ND SATURDAY.

And don’t miss out, now 2nd Saturday will now feature family programming from 9 a.m. to noon —with a different theme each month!

  • Jan: Come explore the Lunar Eclipse with an educational lunar craft!
  • Feb: Learn more about density through our interactive program “Discovering Density”
  • Mar: Is it venomous or is it poisonous? Or maybe both? Explore the difference between poison and venom with us!
  • Apr: Flowers are blooming early this year! Join us and celebrate our Earth by making a beautiful wildflower from recycled material
  • May: Come talk about Energy with us through our interactive program “Exploring Energy”
  • June: Make your Dad a great Father’s Day gift while learning about the early printing process!
  • July: Join us this month and take home an awesome balloon creation!
  • Aug: Love dinosaurs? We do too! Come learn about some of the dinosaurs in our Paleontology hall up close and personal through our program “Dinosaur Discovery”
  • Sep: Come make your own interesting and unique pin to take home and show off!
  • Oct: Join us this month and take home an awesome balloon creation!
  • Nov: It’s that time again! Make an ornament to take home or leave with us – come back in December to see it hanging on the HMNS Member Tree in the Grand Hall!
  • Dec: Ever wonder about the weather? That’s great, we love to learn about it! Come explore the atmosphere and our ever-changing weather!

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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