Programs and Events

Upcoming Programs and Events

Napa State Hospital Exhibit

Visit our Napa State Hospital exhibit to learn about the history of the hospital and its place in Napa and California history.

Date: Running through the end of January
Time: Open during regular library hours
Location: Goodman Library, 1219 First St.

December Downtown Napa History Tour

Our December Downtown Napa History Tour will be led by Scott Sedgley. He will explore some of the historic buildings of Downtown Napa and their place in Napa’s history.

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am
Location: Meet at the Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

For questions or to RSVP please contact info@napahistory.org or 707.224.1739.

Downtown Napa Historic Building Tours

The Napa County Historical Society will conduct 6 different tours of the seven historic buildings featured in this year’s Napa Lighted Art Festival. Docents for the tours will include Scott Sedgley, Alexandria Brown, and Nancy Levenberg. Buildings featured on this year’s tour are The Goodman Library, First Presbyterian Church, The York House, The Native Sons Building, Napa Valley Opera House, Vintner’s Collective, and the Napa Mill.  Cost for the tours is $20/pp and each tour will be limited to 20 participants. Walking for approximately a mile will be required.

Dates:

January 12: Historic Building Tour from 4pm-5pm
January 13: Historic Building Tour from 4pm-5pm
January 15: Historic Building Tour from 4pm-5pm
January 18: Historic Building Tour from 4pm-5pm
January 19: Historic Building Tour from 4pm-5pm
January 20: Historic Building Tour from 11am-12pm
 

For questions or to RSVP email info@napahistory.org or call 707.224.1739.

Beyond the Visible – Napa Lighted Arts Symposium Series

Brian Tanner and Colin Rennie

Light, Science and Art. What happens when the wonderful complexities of light in all its forms, as understood by modern science meet the intricacies of modern art? Brian Tanner, leading physicist and winner of the Gabor Medal, and Colin Rennie, glass artist and academic, both from the UK, will take you on a journey from X-Ray Imaging via Radio Astronomy to 3D glass sculpture inspired by the science of the rainbow. And not just any scientific theory of the rainbow. This one is a creative fusion between 13th century European theories and modern vision science. Light, seen and unseen, in its qualities and potentials, unlocks the universe. So too light unlocks artistic inspiration and experience – as you will find out.

The talk is part of a series curated by the Ordered Universe Research Project and Durham University, UK, for the 2019 Napa Lighted Festival – Beyond.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
Cost: Free

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Beyond Color – Napa Lighted Arts Symposium Series

Alexandra Carr and Joshua Harvey

What is color? How do we perceive it? Join multi-media sculptor Alexandra Carr, and experimental psychologist Joshua Harvey, both from the UK, in an exploration of color from very different perspectives. They will open up the science of human color vision – how we see and process the world around us. Theories of color from the past will be presented, and how they can stimulate modern thinking on the subject. Moving from science and theory to contemporary art, Alexandra will reflect on how scientific thinking from the past and the present engage artistic practice and inspire creativity.

The talk is part of a series curated by the Ordered Universe Research Project and Durham University, UK, for the 2019 Napa Lighted Festival – Beyond.

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
Cost: FREE

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The Greatest Scientist You’ve Never Heard of – Napa Lighted Arts Symposium Series

Science – but not as you might know it. Come and read scientific works from medieval Europe with modern scientists and medieval specialists. Find out about the medieval big bang, the science of the rainbow, and how to move beyond the horizon. We’ll introduce you, as we read, to the greatest scientist you’ve never heard of: Robert Grosseteste. From 13th century England, at the time of Magna Carta, his was a dazzling mind in a dazzling generation, writing extraordinary works on natural phenomena. The Ordered Universe project, made up of medieval experts and modern scientists, explores these works collaboratively. This offers a better sense of the past, new scientific research, and a fuller understanding of the place of science in culture. Let us show you how the magic happens.

The reading group is part of a series curated by the Ordered Universe Research Project and Durham University, UK, for the 2019 Napa Lighted Festival – Beyond.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
Cost: FREE

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