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16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
623-214-7537

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November 2017

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Surprise

November 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. She shares some of the secrets prissy folks would rather forget. You will learn why this small state has had…

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December 2017

Ghost Towns of the Second World War: Arizona’s Historic Military Sites – Surprise

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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When America entered the Second World War, Arizona’s sparse population and mild weather made it an ideal location for training facilities and prisoner of war camps.  By war’s end, Arizona had trained more pilots than any other state, hosted the country’s largest POW camp, and was part of the largest military training grounds in history.  This presentation tells Arizona’s war-time role by focusing on the stories of those WWII sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the…

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