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Springfield Museums Announce Lecture Schedule for April

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Museums’ popular Museums à la Carte lectures continue throughout April on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums). Visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch; cookies and coffee are provided. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call (413) 263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures are:

• April 7: “The English Garden: Perfection on Earth.” Curt DiCamillo, historian, will discuss the development of the English landscape tradition and demonstrate why the English garden has often been called Britain’s single most important contribution to world culture.

• April 14: “All Over England.” Amy Dane, global traveler, lecturer, and photographer, highlights the amazing gardens, moody British landscapes, Roman and Medieval ruins and castles, university towns, and charming villages she witnessed in her recent visit.

• April 21: No lecture scheduled.

• April 28: “All About Emus, and Why Would a Museum Hatch Their Eggs?” Elizabeth Thwing, nonfiction writer for children, traces the zigzag historical trail that connects the odd emu with its meat-eating dinosaur ancestors and the Science Museum’s egg-incubator project.

As part of the Museums’ members-only Continuing Conversations series, museum docent Jerre Hoffman will lead a guided gallery discussion at the Wood Museum of Springfield History following the April 14 lecture, and docents Dennis and Nancy Swartwout will lead a post-lecture gallery discussion on April 28 at the Springfield Science Museum.

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