Tall Tales | The End of Night
A book program designed to help us learn about the many varied cultures, landscapes, and stories of the American West past and present. Before the program, read the selected book, then join us as we gather together to engage in meaningful conversations and shared experiences.
First 10 households to register receive a free copy of the book!*
Around 1900, Frederic Remington began a series of paintings focusing on the subject of night scenes, many of which are featured in our exhibit, Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade. Remington called them his “moonlights,” and are now referred to as nocturnes. How has the night sky changed, over a 100 years later, since Remington first captured its dark expanse?
“A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beam — the brightest single spot on this planet — to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness — what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain — and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.”
Join us for our next Tall Tales book discussion as we read and discuss The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard. Please read the selected book prior to the program.
Registration: Required – opens Feb. 28
Contact: Leslie Thompson at lthompson@SidRichardsonMuseum.org or 817.332.6554 if you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list when registration is full.
* Registrants who receive a free copy of the book can elect to pick it up at the front desk during museum hours or have it mailed for a $7 fee. Staff will confirm your option after you register.