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

April 2015

ONEBOOKAZ Book Discussion (Apache Junction)

April 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Join ONEBOOKAZ for a facilitated book discussion on the Adult ONEBOOKAZ title, The Blind Eye: A Sephardic Journey by Marcia Fine. Elizabeth Larson will be the facilitator for this discussion geared toward adults. More info on ONEBOOKAZ can be found on their website and twitter. This project was funded in part by a Project Grant from Arizona Humanities.

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November 2015

Crime and Justice in Arizona Territory

November 24, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Arizona’s territorial era has the reputation of being a violent and crime-ridden place with ineffective criminal justice institutions. This presentation provides an overview of crime and justice in Arizona Territory. Based on data from court cases and newspapers, it describes the types of crimes most commonly committed and the justice system’s response to them. Contrary to popular perception, crime was not particularly violent, nor was crime itself a particular problem. Moreover, Arizona Territory’s justice system was relatively effective compared to…

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December 2015

Women of the Arizona State Prison

December 8, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Winnie Ruth Judd, Eva Dugan, Dr. Rose Boido, and Eva Wilbur Cruz all shared one thing in common. They were all incarcerated at the Arizona State Prison in Florence.  These women were players in both the sensational stories that made national headlines and local stories that made Arizona history. Who were these women and how did they end up in the Florence prison? How did their stories impact Arizona? Through the use of photographs, prison records and newspaper articles, their…

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Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

December 22, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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John Wayne was born in Iowa and lived for most of his adult life in California. Yet, he spent many years exploring, living, and investing in Arizona, where he produced his own films, raised cattle, operated a game ranch, and was seemingly everywhere at once. Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In this talk, Gregory McNamee, who often writes about film and western history alike for such publications as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The Hollywood Reporter, looks…

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January 2016

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

January 12, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L. A. During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state during its prime, and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road.…

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Pens & Paintbrushes: The Legacies of Early Arizona Women in the Arts

January 19, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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This PowerPoint program explores the lives of 5 artists whose talents personify the beauty of the early western frontier. Hopi potter Nampeyo shaped clay vessels with an intricacy seldom duplicated today. Writer Sharlot Hall described images of Arizona’s past and preserved our history. Author Martha Summerhayes wrote of her adventures following her husband from one Arizona army post to another. Kate Cory’s abundant portfolio of paintings & photos illustrates an intense cultural sensitivity to Hopi rituals & ceremonies. Architect Mary…

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Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps in Our National Parks and Forests

January 26, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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In 1933, at the nadir of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was born. This New Deal program was designed to help unemployed young men learn new skills and earn a dollar a day to support both themselves and their families. CCCers fervently claim that this opportunity gave them the confidence and skills to tackle any challenge; it forever changed their lives. These men built the roads, trails, picnic areas, ranger stations, fire lookouts and public campgrounds that…

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February 2016

Arizona Ghost Towns

February 9, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Ghost towns dot Arizona's landscape and provide unique insights into a diverse history. Some ghost towns tell a boom-to-bust story with few remaining traces of the people who once lived there, while others, like Jerome, have become thriving tourist destinations. Many are old mining locations that once bustled with life, while others tell more modern stories, showing the impact of highways rerouted and roads not taken. This program will feature stories of ghost towns such as Crown King, Jerome, and…

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Tom Mix: King of the Cowboys

February 23, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Cowboy movie star Tom Mix was internationally famous, and many legends and tall tales have been told about his life. This presentation highlights some of the true stories about Mix and his connection to Arizona, debunking some of the Hollywood hype. What brought Mix travel that lonesome highway where he met his death south of Florence?  Find out about his childhood, the early years in show business, his multiple marriages and divorces, his career path, his presence in Arizona  and…

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January 2017

A Pictorial History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present – Apache Junction

January 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, this program could fill a seven-volume history of Arizona. From the geological wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest to cutting-edge biotech industries and Native American art galleries, this whirlwind pictorial history tour of Arizona from prehistory to the present shows it all. In addition to beautiful landscape photography and historic site images, this engaging program addresses Arizona‘s cultural diversity, mining, and the history of water use. Before retiring from…

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The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa – Apache Junction

January 10, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena & shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust & dirt of the…

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Honky Tonks, Brothels and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona – Apache Junction

January 17, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities evolved orchestras, opera and glee clubs—all in hamlets like Tombstone. Here, a miner off shift at the Bird Cage could enjoy the proceedings while gambling…

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On the Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine – Apache Junction

January 31, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Once your family arrived in the west often there was not a doctor within miles. The medical care of the family landed in the hands of the family. Luckily, it was soon learned that the plants held many secrets for someone who was ill. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, pine needles are rich in vitamin C, a spider web will close up a cut, and so much more. For this presentation a frontier medical bag is used…

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February 2017

Working in the Salt Mine: Native American Salt Mining In Arizona – Apache Junction

February 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with a deity called Salt Woman. This presentation describes the history of a famous salt mine in Camp Verde, Arizona, where prehistoric Sinagua tools used for mining salt were discovered in the 1920s by historic miners deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit. Numerous photographs are shown of these well-preserved, 700-year old tools…

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All Hat and No Cattle: The language of the American West

February 21, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Every day we use words and phrases whose roots lie in our western heritage. Words like “brand,” “maverick,” and “dude,” along with phrases like” climb down off your high horse” and “passing the buck” all grew out of the culture and experiences of those who moved into and lived in the American West. These creative words are poetic, descriptive and often quite humorous like the saying “He’s got a ten-dollar Stetson on a five-cent head,” or “she’s as nervous as…

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Swing Into History – Apache Junction

February 28, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as…

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January 2018

Ghost Towns of the Second World War: Arizona’s Historic Military Sites – Apache Junction

January 9, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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When America entered the Second World War, Arizona’s sparse population and mild weather made it an ideal location for training facilities and prisoner of war camps.  By war’s end, Arizona had trained more pilots than any other state, hosted the country’s largest POW camp, and was part of the largest military training grounds in history.  This presentation tells Arizona’s war-time role by focusing on the stories of those WW2 sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the…

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The Diamond Jubilee of Cadet Nurses in Arizona: Stories of Service – Apache Junction

January 30, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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July 1, 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, an innovation for its time that addressed an acute healthcare delivery crisis during World War II. This presentation draws from the voices of those who participated in the program. Participants will have the opportunity to view and discuss Cadet Nurses’ accounts of their experiences. Through discussion of these experiences, participants will learn about the meaning of Cadet Nurses’ service during and after World War…

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February 2018

Hi Jolly and Mystery of the US Army Camel Corps – Apache Junction

February 6, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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This presentation will explore the US Army’s experiment with using camel from the Middle East to make it more mobile in the newly acquired Southwest.  In order to teach the soldiers about camels, a local from the Middle East, who was called Hi Jolly, was shipped over with the camels.  Even though Secretary of War Jefferson Davis desperately wanted the Camel Corps to be successful, the experiment was a failure.  Find out what happened to the camels and their minder,…

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Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women’s Military Bands during WW II – Apache Junction

February 13, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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The novelty of these bands—initially employed by the U.S. military to support bond drives—drew enough spectators for the bands to be placed on tour, raising money for the war and boosting morale. The women, once discharged at the war’s end, refused to fade into post-war domesticity. Instead, the strong bond fostered by youthful enthusiasm and the rare opportunity to serve in the military while making professional caliber music would come to last some 60 years. Based on interviews with over…

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Early Western Songs and Singers – Apache Junction

February 20, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Whether or not you grew up when Western films competed favorably with the popular films of the day, you will definitely want to take yourself back in time to hear the music that made cowboy legends out of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Jimmy Wakely and so many other Western singers. Music Historian Erik Larson will ‘stir the campfire’ and feature a generous number of original Western recordings that were so much a part of the…

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January 2019

FRANK Talk – We The People: What does it mean to be a U.S. Citizen? – Apache Junction

January 8, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies  What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? Few discussions directly address the question or the difference between citizens and others in the United States. What is it that makes or allows citizens to be different from others? What can or should citizens be able to do that others cannot or should not be able to do? Join us for this FRANK Talk to explore the…

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Life on the Lazy B as Lived by an American Cowboy and Rancher – Apache Junction

January 15, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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In 1880, Alan Day’s grandfather homesteaded the Lazy B ranch.  This dusty dry tract of land produced a Supreme Court Justice, a lauded Arizona state senator, and a career rancher, cowboy, and land conservationist. Alan explores the ranching and cowboying life from the chuck wagon years of his childhood, through his adult years of increasing bureaucracy, airplanes, computers and now even drones. At the heart of his stories lie adventures that most of us will never experience, as well as…

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John Wesley Powell:  Into the Great Unknown – Apache Junction

January 22, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Millions of travelers visit the Grand Canyon each year, but just 150 years ago, this was still considered the “last blank spot on the map.” One man, a one-armed civil war veteran, was determined to navigate and document the Colorado River as it winds through the canyon. Therefore, on May 24, 1869, John Wesley Powell set out with nine men, four boats, and ten months of rations on an adventure that would nearly kill them. Three months later Powell emerged…

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Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – Apache Junction

January 29, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s…

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February 2019

Cowpokes, Crooks, and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies (Apache Junction)

February 5, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Tyrone Power, Andy Devine,  Katy Jurado, Steve McQueen and, of course, John Wayne. From the earliest days of film, Arizona has been a setting and subject for hundreds of films. Some, like Junior Bonner and Red River, are considered classics, others, such as Billy Jack and Evolution, surely less so. Some may even be classics in the making, from Tombstone to Near Dark. In this entertaining talk, Gregory McNamee, a frequent contributor on film to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and former…

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FRANK Talk – Borders, Walls, and Immigration – Apache Junction

February 12, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Scott Warren, Freelance Geographer Immigration is one of the most divisive issues facing our country and our state. Who comes in and out of the U.S., and how? Do current immigration laws effectively promote national security and economic prosperity, without compromising human and civil rights? In Arizona border security and immigration policies are more than media and political talking points. They shape our everyday lives, and the land and people that live here in complex ways. Join us for an…

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Arizona Goes to the Moon (Apache Junction)

February 19, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Arizona played a key role in preparing to send humans to the moon in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The Apollo astronauts themselves traveled to the Grand Canyon and volcanic fields around the state to learn geology and practice their lunar excursions. Meanwhile, U.S. Geological Survey engineers worked with NASA staff members to develop and test instruments while artists joined forces with scientists to create detailed maps of the moon that were critical to navigating around lunar surface. Kevin Schindler is…

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January 2020

Aviators and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Aerial Survey of the Southwest

January 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Famous pilot Charles Lindbergh (the “Lone Eagle”) is best known for his pioneering 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean, but few people know that Lindbergh, and his wife Anne, also played an important role in southwestern archaeology. Come see some of their amazing aerial photographs, and learn how Charles and Anne helped share Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, and the Grand Canyon with the rest of the world. Erik Berg is an award-winning historian and writer with a special interest…

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For the Love of Turquoise

January 21 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 United States
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Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and…

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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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