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November 2022

Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pence Center for the Arts – Auditorium, 8470 N Overfield Rd.
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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From Douglas Fairbanks filming in Nogales in 1917 to “How the West Was Won” statewide in 1963, the state of Arizona has always been a photogenic favorite for movie producers. The program looks from “Real to Reel” to see how Hollywood has affected popular views of Western settlement and continues to impact social interactions. The show runs the gamut from Tom Mix to Val Kilmer with information about the plots, players, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Tom Mix, Jean Harlow, John…

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January 2023

From “Chief” to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers with Dr. Laura Tohe

January 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pence Center for the Arts – Auditorium, 8470 N Overfield Rd.
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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During WWII a group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines without knowing that they would be called on to develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken, and saved many American lives. This talk profiles four Code Talkers who reflect on their lives growing up on the Navajo Nation homeland before and after the war, including my father. They returned home…

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April 2023

Arizona’s Vintage Signs: Lighting the Future with Marshall Shore

April 8, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pence Center for the Arts – Auditorium, 8470 N Overfield Rd.
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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Arizona has become a hotbed of preserving vintage signage and neon. No wonder, with the rise of Arizona and automobile travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Thousands of people were traversing the broad expanses of highways and byways across the Southwest. As the cars sped past, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations needed large, bright signs to make an impression. This informative and entertaining visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon signs, and…

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