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July 2022

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

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004 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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August 2022

An Uneven Landscape: Inequities in Transportation, Community Planning and Land Management with Michia Casebier

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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When a new highway is built—who does it benefit? Which communities are connected, and which communities are broken apart? Whose properties and which groups of people are valued? How has the development of transportation and land deepened inequities in our country? What steps can we take now to shape a different future? Join us for a discussion on the social, cultural and economic impact of infrastructure development in diverse communities. This program is cohosted by Phoenix Public Library - Mesquite…

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Why Arizona Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States

Flagstaff, Arizona was the world’s first community designated an International Dark Sky Place for its active efforts reduce light pollution and protect the visibility of the night sky. There are now over 130 dark-sky communities, places, and parks globally. Arizona alone has 17 dark-sky places, which is more than any other country in the world. Why is it so important that we protect our nighttime views of the starry sky? Why should we turn out the lights at night and…

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Chiles & Chocolate: Sweet and Spicy Foods in the American West with Chris Glenn and Sandy Sunseri

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Come have a taste of the rich and savory history of these food favorites, explore how early peoples used them, and how they have evolved and spread to all corners of the world. Food is a portal into culture and can convey a range of cultural meaning including occasion, social status, ethnicity, and wealth depending on the social context. Discover how chiles and chocolate became identity markers in gender roles and relationships, essential in rituals and religious customs, popular in…

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October 2022

Diggin’ in the Crates: The Role of Community Archives in Suburban History with Dr. Anthony Pratcher

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

Historians try to represent the past as experienced by the people who lived it – as opposed through the lens of our present reality. However, academic scholars struggle to identify sources that document everyday experiences in suburban communities. Suburban Phoenix has transformed Arizona, primarily rural at the time of the Great Depression, into one of the most urbanized states in the Union. This talk illuminates the historical experience of Women’s Auxiliaries at the Maryvale Community Hospital to show the relationship…

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Día de los Muertos Storytelling with Zarco Guerrero

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Día de los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Join Zarco and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hilarious and moving story telling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry spouting “El Vato Poeta,” the…

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