The Sherman Museum is encouraging people to get together and talk about things that affect this community and others. The museum recently began a program called “Urban Dialog: Science after Dark” to help facilitate the discourse.
The fourth Urban Dialog was held Tuesday at Grayson Hall at Kelly Square in Sherman.
“Urban Dialog was my idea based on how the same kind of event that other museums are doing,” Museum Director Dan Steelman said. “We wanted to replicate it. The idea is that we want to get people together to talk and communicate with groups.”
In July, the museum hosted its highest attended event with 50 people filling Grayson Hall to talk about graffiti. Steelman said, generally, about 20 people attend the events.
“Myself and Charlene Chisman of the board come up with the ideas for the public along with other board members,” he said. “It’s about science with some history. Next month we are going to do one about the Woodmen Circle Home in Sherman, so we expect that there will be fewer young people.”
Steelman believes that a lot of people of all ages will be interested when they do the program on nanotechnology and science versus religion.
“This is a good start,” Steelman said. “The people in the audience get to speak to subject matter experts. We want to have more discussion then lecture. We want to open it up and have a really good conversation. We want people to talk back and forth.”
Steelman said that he tries to select issues that will affect a broad range of people.
“We thought we would have a millennial based audience, but we have had a variety of ages,” he said. “Urban Dialog has had great support from Austin College and DowntownNow allowing us to use the facility. We also have had a lot of support from Grayson Hall and the Sherman Rotary Club.”
In addition to Urban Dialog, the Sherman Museum is working on making changes to the programming at the museum.
“We want to expand our hours,” Steelman said. “We would like to be open more in the evenings and weekends when children are out of school. We want to offer different kinds of activities for school-aged children.”