Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Author Afternoon with Meredith Whiteley

May 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meredith Whiteley Photo webAuthors Afternoon with Meredith Whiteley

Friday, May 20th – 3:00 – 4:30pm
FREE event!

MCLD Logos_2C (4) - web



White Tank Branch Library – Waddell
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, Arizona 85355

Hear Meredith discuss her book, Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family & Farming in the Arizona Desert!

miracle on the salt river coverThe drought that ushered in the Twentieth Century in the Arizona desert shattered lives and brought revolution. Farmers abandoned homes and livestock as canals dried up before the government could deliver the nation’s first massive dam and reclamation project to the Salt River Valley.

Meredith Whiteley’s Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family & Farming in the Arizona Desert looks at the relationship of water – drought, the dams, irrigation, power, and urbanization—on the ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of this crisis and on over the next fifty years of plenty. She focuses this short talk on the two extremes of water and its impact: drought and the illusion of plenty.

[gdlr_accordion style=”style-1″ initial=”0″]
[gdlr_tab title=”Read more about Meredith Whiteley”]

Meredith Haley Whiteley is a third generation native of Arizona. She grew up on a dairy/cotton farm west of Glendale riding her horse Tumbleweed and avoiding her grandfather’s efforts to teach her to pick cotton.

Wanting to live where it is “green,” she attended Grinnell College, IA on a Pulliam (Republic Newspapers) scholarship, majoring in American Studies. She subsequently earned an MA in History and the PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. As a graduate student, Meredith worked on the Carl Hayden Project, the Phoenix History Project, and several other history research projects. Meredith worked for many years in the area of Institutional Planning and Analysis at ASU. In retirement, Meredith has focused on history and grandchildren.




May 20, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Categories:


Arizona Humanities
View Organizer Website


White Tank Library
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85376 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website

Fill out the info below to sign up for our E-Newsletter.