On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. the Palm Springs Public Library and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum present Michael Hammond Ph. D., Executive Director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. He will present a special lecture in celebration of California’s Native American Day and to acknowledge the contributions of the Cahuilla people in our area. His lecture, titled “Aspects of Native America…Things You Never Knew about the Food, History and Language of Native Americans”, will focus on little known facts and historical happenings that greatly affected these native peoples.
Dr. Hammond has a BA in history from Northwestern University and a Masters of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Anthropology from Columbia University. He has taught at various universities such as SUNY-Stony Brook, Duke University and Salem College. He has over 30 publications and has served on the advisory board for the USS MONITOR and the Council for the American Association for State and Local history. He also served on the Advisory Board for the American Indian Museums Program of the American Association for State and Local History. Dr. Hammond served as the Vice-president for the North Carolina Museums Council and was Chairman of the North Carolina Governor’s Archaeological Council. He also served on the Faculty of the Seminar for Historical Administration for five years and been a National Endowment for the Humanities panelists for five years. He is a member of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee. Dr. Hammond was awarded the Director’s Chair Award from the Western Museums Association in 1998 and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and regional museum and professional society meetings.
Dr. Hammond became the Executive Director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs in 1989. Prior to coming to Palm Springs, he was the Executive Director of the Museum at Warm Springs in Oregon, another tribal museum. In North Carolina he was the Director of Historic Old Salem, a restored Colonial Moravian community in Winston-Salem. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. He resides in Palm Springs with his wife and twin daughters.
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution, inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. It keeps the Native spirit alive through exhibitions, collections, research, and educational programs. In recognition of its role as a regional and national resource, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is the first Native American museum to be part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. This status provides opportunities to share resources in programming, collections, scholarship, and technical expertise – and entitles the Museum to bring world-acclaimed Smithsonian exhibitions to the Coachella Valley.