Third Tuesday Author: Marilynne Eichinger

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

On Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm join former OMSI President, Marilynne Eichinger, as she reveals the Good, the Bad, and the Surprising History Behind the Hands-On Education Movement.

“...will help you see science museums in a new light.” – David Ucko, Museums+More llc

In this lively, behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of interactive science museums, discover:

  • How the New York Hall of Science saved the Brooklyn Museum of Art from being closed by Mayor Rudolph Guiliani for exhibiting a Chris Ofili painting of the Virgin Mary containing elephant dung.
  • Why an autistic child spoke for the first time on a science center visit.
  • Who kept NOVA from being canceled when congress did not agree with their investigative reporting style that explored sensitive subjects like nuclear energy.
  • What inspired a poor Appalachian orphan to go from rags to riches to become a museum president who later rented an entire cruise ship to see a global eclipse on the Amazon.
  • How the navy was talked out of a submarine for installation at OMSI.
  • The outcry caused by the Playboy Bunnies playing basketball with business executives to raise funds for a museum.

“recommended for those who care about museums, libraries and society today.”

Marilynne Eichinger has been an active supporter of hands-on learning throughout her career as both a mother and museum professional. In 1972 Marilynne founded Impression 5 Science Museum in Lansing, Michigan. In 1985 she left to become president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, one of the nation’s oldest and most renowned science centers.  There she spearheaded building a new 250,000 sq. ft  facility and workshop, acquired a submarine from the Navy and installed a large format theater. Under her presidency she cultivated an international traveling exhibit service, camps, and education programs serving a five state region.

With assistance from 22 national museums,she left OMSI in 1995 to establish the Museum Tour Catalog in order to bring educational material to over 2 million households. The business sold in December 2013. She is a painter and blogger. Her first book, Lives of Museum Junkies-the Story of America’s Hands-On Education Movement, was published by Inkwater Press in 2016.  She is nearing completion of her next publication, Over the Sticker Bush Fence, Scaling Barriers for Homeless and Runaway Youth.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego.  For more information, contact Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-4228 or