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October 2022

Arizona: A History of the Grand Canyon State with Jim Turner

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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FREE

This brief history starts with Conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s 1540 expedition and covers Catholic missions, mining, Native American conflicts, Mormon immigration, ranching, farming, health seekers, education, tourism, moviemaking, and biographies ranging from Father Eusebio Kino to Sandra Day O’Connor. You can’t cover Arizona history without Wild West legends like Wyatt Earp, stage robbers, and dance hall girls but this presentation focuses more on Arizona’s diverse cultures, unusual characters, and unsung heroes like Hi Jolly, the Greco-Syrian camel driver, The…

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Specters of the Past –Ghost Towns That Built Arizona with Jay Mark

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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In addition to an entertaining, visual display of the communities, towns and settlements that contributed to the early growth of the state, this presentation also focuses on respect for these diminishing historic resources. Most of the photographs represent a comprehensive exploration of Arizona ghost towns made by Mr. Mark in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This occurred just prior to a major period of incursion and destruction by off-road and all-terrain vehicles. Many sites are no longer extant or have been…

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November 2022

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

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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FREE

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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Miners, Cowboys and Washerwomen: The Worksongs of Arizona with Dr. Jay Cravath

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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In a narrative and musical portrait of working-class music, Dr. Craváth explores its roots and rhythms in our state. From Hopi basket songs, the Yavapai acorn gathering songs, to the cotton fields of Chandler and the crooked streets of Jerome, songs were companions to the immigrants who explored and built our state. Through performance and discussion, these tales, which reveal so much of the nature and character of a people, are explored. This program is cohosted by Greater Florence Chamber…

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January 2023

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

January 12, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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FREE

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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February 2023

Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero

February 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000 year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his…

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March 2023

Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

March 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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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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April 2023

The Evolution of an Icon–The History of Arizona Highways Magazine with Win Holden

April 20, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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The first issue of Arizona Highways magazine was published in April, 1925. In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. With annual economic impact of over $65 million, Arizona Highways reaches all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. But the journey has been anything but uneventful. With a unique publishing…

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