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February 2023

Deconstructing the Taco: The History and Lore of a Beloved Food with Gregory McNamee

February 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Center, 1025 S. Highway 90
Benson, AZ 85602 United States
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The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. Join Gregory McNamee, the…

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March 2023

Writers of The Purple Sage with Jim Turner

March 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Center, 1025 S. Highway 90
Benson, AZ 85602 United States
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This presentation covers five Arizona novelists: Zane Grey spent his honeymoon at the Grand Canyon and went on to be one of the first and most famous Western writers of all time; Harold Bell Wright came to Tucson with lung problems and became a bestseller from 1900 to 1930. University of Arizona writing professor Richard Summers wrote Dark Madonna in 1937. Capturing Hispanic culture and folklore, Eva Antonia Wilbur Cruz beautifully describes ranch life and the blending of Tohono O'odham,…

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April 2023

For the Love of Turquoise with Carrie Calisay Cannon

April 12, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and…

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Desert Rats, River Runners, and Canyon Crawlers: Four Arizona Explorers with Gregory McNamee

April 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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Francisco Garcés, a Franciscan friar, arrived in what is now Arizona in 1768. Assigned to the church at San Xavier del Bac south of present-day Tucson, he traveled widely throughout Arizona and California, charting overland routes that later travelers would follow. Near where Garcés would meet his death in 1781, an American soldier named Joseph Christmas Ives embarked on an arduous expedition up the Colorado River, one of the first Americans to see what he called the Big Canyon. A…

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Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

April 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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Health care in early Arizona was hardly reliable and frequently nonexistent. Often, settlers were on their own when tragedy struck with women taking on the responsibility for the well-being of their families. And if women were considered incapable of earning the title “Doctor,” they could certainly save souls. Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel…

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