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Apache Junction Library

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1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
480-474-8555 http://www.ajpl.org/

January 2020

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

January 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 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 4 Code Talkers who reflect on their lives growing up on the Navajo Nation homeland, their military service as Code Talkers, and the personal and spiritual…

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February 2020

The Gila: River of History

February 4 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of birds, animals, plants, and peoples across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of people depend on the river today—whether they know it or not. Gregory McNamee, author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an…

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China Mary: History and Legend

February 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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A 1960 episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, the first Western television series, immortalized China Mary as a strong, powerful and ruthless Asian female figure in American popular imagination. The legend of her as an infamous Dragon Lady who ruled Tombstone’s Chinatown with an iron fist cannot be substantiated by historical research. Yang’s presentation will debunk the myth of China Mary and tell the real story of her as well as other Chinese who lived in Tombstone,…

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