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sun23apr - 9julAll DayThe Far-Reaching Impact of Karl Kae Knecht(All Day) Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville


April 23 (Sunday) - July 9 (Sunday)


Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

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This exhibition interprets the career of longtime Evansville Courier cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht. Knecht’s career at the Courier spanned the years 1906-1960 and his editorial cartoons chronicled much of what was happening in the city and the nation. Drawn from the collection of the Evansville Museum, community collections and private collections, the exhibition will also highlight other aspects of Knecht’s life, including his photography, civic involvements and a selection of the miniature elephants that he collected during his life.

Born in 1883 in Iroquois, South Dakota Territory, Knecht came to the Evansville Courier in 1906 after completing courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in this year, that his editorial cartoons first appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Eleven years later he was appointed the paper’s first photographer. Today, thousands of his photographs documenting Evansville are in the collection of Willard Library.

In 1928, Knecht helped found Mesker Park Zoo.  This occurred after the president of the American Circus Corporation offered Knecht a pair of lions.  A year later, Knecht bolstered the fledgling zoo—Indiana’s first—with a successful fund drive to purchase an elephant for the new facility.  The elephant, Kay, was named in honor of Karl Kae Knecht.

By 1949, Knecht officially became the dean of American editorial cartoonists with more years spent penning cartoons than any of his colleagues across the country.  It was also in this year that he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and on July 21, 1954, Evansville celebrated Karl Kae Knecht Day.

On June 1, 1960, after 54 years at the paper and over 18,000 cartoons, Knecht retired. He remained in Evansville until his death in July of 1972, and he is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Today, his cartoons are in the archives of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Museum, and originals of his works are included in the collections of the presidential libraries of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

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sun30apr - 9julAll DayArt in Bloom: The Plein Air Paintings of Ramon Vilanova(All Day) Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville


April 30 (Sunday) - July 9 (Sunday)


Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

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In cooperation with Greg Bloch from Chicago’s Triad Art Group, the Evansville Museum presents 35 new paintings by contemporary Spanish artist Ramon Vilanova in a major Old Gallery exhibition from April 30 – July 9.

Born outside of Barcelona in 1947, Ramon Vilanova was discouraged by his parents from pursuing a career as an artist. His desire to paint, however, was compelling; and this self-taught artist has mastered the depiction of the fertile landscape of the northeast region of Spain that he calls home. Painting “plein air,” a French expression meaning “in the open air,” refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Vilanova captures the spirit and essence of the natural landscape by incorporating light, color and movement into his work.

mon21aug7:00 am- 10:00 pm2017 Solar Eclipse Evansville7:00 am - 10:00 pm Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville


(Monday) 7:00 am - 10:00 pm


Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

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On August 21, 2017, the Tri-State will experience a total solar eclipse. The Evansville Museum has planned numerous activities on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, which should be of interest to everyone interested in learning about and viewing one of nature’s most spectacular astronomical events. A bus excursion on Monday, August 21, will take viewers to a site to experience the eclipse in totality. There will be a viewing of the partial solar eclipse at the Museum from on Monday, August 21, from 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. 

Eclipse Weekend

Two full days of activities at the Museum are planned to teach people how to safely view, photograph and experience the eclipse. Special planetarium shows, the exhibition Eclipse 2017! in the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Center for History & Science, workshops and astronomy presentations are designed to educate eclipse enthusiasts about this amazing event.

Saturday’s activities are geared to novice eclipse-watchers, families and students, while Sunday’s events will be tailored to appeal to amateur astronomers and other enthusiasts who are in town to witness the eclipse. Admission for each day includes general admittance to the Museum, a ticket to the Koch Immersive Theater and Planetarium, plus access to eclipse activities. Admission for Museum Members will be $5 for Adults and $3 for Youth and for Not-Yet-Members: $17 for Adults and $11 for Youth.

Excursions to Totality

The Museum has partnered with the City of Hopkinsville, Kentucky to offer two packaged tours for those wishing to experience the full 2 minutes and 39 seconds of the solar eclipse in totality.

Champagne Toast Eclipse Package

Leave the driving and parking to us for your trip to Hopkinsville, Kentucky to view the total solar eclipse at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Included in the Champagne Toast Eclipse Package Tour are round-trip coach transportation to and from the eclipse site, complimentary eclipse glasses, catered lunch, access to indoor restrooms and an air conditioned hospitality room. Veteran eclipse chaser and the Museum’s Director of Science Experiences, Mitch Luman, will offer expert interpretation of the event on the ride to Hopkinsville. The Museum will provide a group telescope equipped with a solar filter equipped to view the partial phases before and after the eclipse. At the conclusion of the event, we will salute the Sun for its outstanding performance with a champagne toast. The bus departs Evansville at 8:00 a.m. and returns to the Museum at 4:30 p.m. CDT. The cost for the excursion is $125 for Museum Members and $150 for Not-Yet-Members.

What to Bring

It is suggested that participants bring a small folding chair, binoculars, camera, tripod or a small telescope. Hats and sunscreen are recommended accessories. Extremely large chairs, tents, canopies and pets cannot be accommodated due to limited cargo space on the bus. Bring your sense of wonder, your curiosity and hopes for clear, cloudless skies!

Drive and Park Eclipse Package

If you would prefer to drive your own vehicle to view the total solar eclipse, you are welcome join us at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. A map, directions, parking pass, suggested itinerary, complimentary eclipse glasses and a lunch are provided. Access to outdoor restrooms provided. A small telescope equipped with a solar filter will be on hand to view the partial phases of the eclipse. Tickets for this package (one vehicle per package) for Museum Members are $50 for the First Adult, $35 for the Second Adult and $35 for Youth. Not-Yet-Members are $75 for the First Adult, $50 for the Second Adult and $35 for Youth.

To register, fill out the Eclipse Registration Form and email it to Mitch Luman Director of Science Experiences.

Interested individuals may also wish to view our complete Eclipse Lodging Information, which includes information on local lodging during our Eclipse Weekend.