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March 2023

The Underground and Overground Railroad with Tamika Sanders

March 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Tan Library- Bronze Room, 31505 N Schnepf Rd
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 United States
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Using storytelling, historical artifacts and songs, this presentation will depict the ingenuity and resiliency used by those involved in the Underground Railroad to help over 100,000 enslaved people escape to freedom between 1810 and 1850. We’ll then fast forward to the Jim Crow era and explore the Overground Railroad created by the Green Book which helped foster a network of safe spaces that allowed Blacks to travel, live and work despite illegal and legally sanctioned discrimination through Jim Crow laws.…

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April 2023

Coming Home to a Place You’ve Never Been Before–Immigration, Refugee, Resettlement, Citizenship with Rodo Sofranac

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
San Tan Library- Bronze Room, 31505 N Schnepf Rd
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 United States
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The discussions of immigration, refugee resettlement, and citizenship are louder and more heated than ever. While the politics get noisier and the policies are mired, what about the people? This talk focuses on the personal stories of immigration. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences as a new settler and/or native greeter. What’s it like going to a place where you don’t know the language or culture? Where you have little if any family or friends?…

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May 2023

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

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
San Tan Library- Bronze Room, 31505 N Schnepf Rd
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 United States
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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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June 2023

From “Chief” to Code Talker: Four Profiles of the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe

June 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
San Tan Library- Bronze Room, 31505 N Schnepf Rd
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 United States
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During WWII a group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines without knowing that they would be called on to develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken, and saved many American lives. This talk profiles four Code Talkers who reflect on their lives growing up on the Navajo Nation homeland before and after the war, including my father. They returned home…

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