Maria Urquides: Mother of Bilingual Education with Jan Cleere

Pima County Public Library - Oro Valley Library Branch 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona

Maria Urquides’ Hispanic background made her the ideal teacher for Arizona’s bilingual schools, although she readily admitted she might go to hell for being ordered to punish students for speaking Spanish in the classroom. She stepped on more than a few administrative toes to attain her goal of promoting bilingual/bicultural education to children of all […]

Rivers of Dreams: Songs and Stories of Arizona’s Waterways with Jay Cravath

Oro Valley Public Library 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, AZ, United States

The Colorado, the Gila, the Salt, the Verde, the Hassayampa, the Santa Cruz: Arizona’s rivers were lush green ribbons of life flowing through a desert landscape. They became sustaining paths for indigenous traders and immigrants leaving wagon tracks and settlements. The Hohokam built vast canals from the Salt to direct irrigation water for crops. European […]

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