Coded Messages and Songs of the Underground Railroad with Tamika Sanders

Asante Library 16755 W Vereda Solana Dr. Surprise, Surprise, AZ

Communication and secrecy were key to the successful operation of the Underground Railroad. Safety was more important than quickness. Both fugitive slaves and members of the Underground Railroad learned to code and decode hidden messages, and to disguise signs to avoid capture. There were code names for towns on the routes and code numbers for […]

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Hellraisers and Trailblazers, the Real Women of the Wild West with Jana Bommersbach

Suprise City Hall, Council Chambers 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ

Ever hear of Laura Nihill? No? How about Biddy Mason? Doesn’t ring a bell? You certainly know about Sacagawea! No? How is that possible? It’s possible because history has tried to diminish or outright ignore women, and that goes double in the Old West, where it seems the men thought they did all the heavy […]

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Indigenous Signs and Symbols: Pee-Posh/Kwatsan with Yolanda Hart Stevens

Suprise City Hall, Council Chambers 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ

Native Americans in the U.S. are diverse, and their contributions have enriched our lives in countless ways. People do not always realize the origins of Native contributions to the language, culture, and traditions of the U.S. What are Native signs and symbols? What do they mean? Where do they appear? They can represent animals and […]

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Dr. Pearl Tang: Path Breaker in Public Health with Mary Melcher

Suprise City Hall, Council Chambers 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ

In 1960, Dr. Pearl Mao Tang became chief of the Maricopa County Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. A Chinese American, who had fought to obtain a medical license in Arizona, Tang was instrumental in lowering the infant mortality rate in the state’s most populous county. Working in the Phoenix metropolitan area and rural Maricopa […]

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Multilingual Baseball: Language and Identity across Borders with Brendan H. O’Connor

Surprise Regional Library 16089 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, AZ

Transnational baseball is a microcosm of globalizing societies around the world, inviting audiences to consider what we can learn from the bilingual understandings and misunderstandings that arise in everyday interactions. This presentation shares the voices of players, coaches, front office personnel, international scouts, language teachers, and interpreters, with experience in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, South […]

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Take A Hike! Explore, Enhance, and Experience Your Understanding of Arizona with Rodo Sofranac

Suprise City Hall, Council Chambers 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ

There are only eleven designated national scenic trails in the United States. Our Grand Canyon State has one of them—the Arizona National Scenic Trail! In this discussion, participants will have opportunities to: explore the history of the creation of Arizona’s greatest volunteer project; enhance their knowledge of Arizona’s diverse geography, animals, plants, and especially people—from […]

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