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Arivaca Old School House

17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States

April 2015

Marking the Divide: Photographs and Monuments along the U.S./Mexico Border

April 18, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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How do we visualize the border? For over 100 years the U.S./Mexico borderline, and the monuments that mark it, has fascinated photographers. In this illustrated talk, historian Katherine Morrissey explores this question as she shares border images taken over the long 20th century. Click Here for a Flyer Katherine G. Morrissey is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses in western U.S., Arizona & the Southwest, U.S. cultural and environmental history. She received her…

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April 2016

The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

April 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join Gregory McNamee, the…

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May 2016

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery

May 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Father Kino is one of two Arizonans recognized in the U. S. Capitol Hall of Heroes.  The Padre was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, map maker, explorer, rancher, and friend to the Indians of the Pimería Alta.  Journeying on horseback or foot, multiple explorations of the Pimería Alta were made by the padre, resulting in the first detailed map of the area.  He proved Baja California was not an island.  He traveled trails mostly unknown to outsiders through inhabited territory of…

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June 2016

What Music Tells Us About the Brain

June 4, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Many neuroscientists study music to elucidate mysteries of the brain. Why is music such a rich resource?  Not only can scientists physically track the process of learning music as different areas of the brain light up, they can trace music’s powerful effect on our emotions, muscles and memory.  The benefits of music span well beyond entertainment. and many believe music will be the healing art of the future.  Accumulating data about our “brain on music” unmistakably supports how important, positive…

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Instruments and Music of Arizona’s Pioneers

June 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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The story of our state is not complete without music. This program will focus on the various genres of music that reflected the milieu and personalities of our various immigrants.  Using musical instruments and stories, audience members will be presented an artistic tableau of our past: heroes, villains, and the immigrants who passed through and settled in Arizona. For example, Coronado’s priests unrolled musical missal leaves during Mass to facilitate finding the seven cities of gold. The Indigenous tribes he…

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August 2016

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts

August 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts traces the history of Arizona through women who recorded pieces of their lives in their needlework.  The colorful patterns of women’s quilts added a spot of brightness to their homes and their lives. They also celebrated and recorded special events with their quilts. Beginning with Mexican women of the 1860s, through Hopi women of the 1990s, this lecture introduces some of the women who pioneered Arizona through the quilts they…

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October 2016

World War I in the Middle East: Roots of Contemporary Conflict

October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Although World War I occurred a century ago, its effects are still evident in the Middle East today. The war left memories of suffering and brought about new political realities. The Ottoman Empire ended, and new states were created, yet the peace settlements left many Middle Eastern people dissatisfied. The post-war treaties left millions of Kurds without a country, divided Arab lands into various British and French mandates, and pitted Turks against Greeks, Turks against Armenians, Palestinians against Jews. This…

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Rising from Invisibility: Indigenous Arizona Women in Charge of Themselves

October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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In many Southwestern matrifocal cultures, Indigenous women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage and kinship values. Among some tribal cultures, rites of passage celebrate female creativity and the transformative nature of women, hence there was not a need for the concept of feminism. Nevertheless, Indigenous women’s lives remain invisible and stereotyped by Hollywood. This talk presents how Indigenous women have contributed in significant ways, not only to their tribal nations, but also…

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November 2018

“Protecting a Way of Life” Kinship Responsibilities – Arivaca

November 3, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Royce Manuel (Akimel O’odham) best describes his work through the “Tools of Yesterday” using plant fiber, primitive bows & arrows, knapping stone, and making agave plant cordage. As a tribal and cultural educator and member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Royce and Debbie specializes in the revival and teaching of artistic traditions while renewing and protecting indigenous knowledge for generations to come. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles, provides valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community…

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January 2019

Empire to Las Cienegas NCA: Ranching and Historic Landscape Change – Arivaca

January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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The Empire Ranch, built by Walter Vail and family, was one of the most financially successful and long-lived cattle enterprises in Arizona. For over 140 years, the owners of the Empire wisely managed its natural resources – soils, waters, and vegetation in the Cienega Valley. Today those grasslands are some of the richest and most stunningly beautiful in this state. This talk will present the story of how those ranchers survived flood, drought, and economic challenges and how the Bureau…

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February 2019

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

February 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Arivaca, AZ 85601 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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March 2019

Hopi Quilting Traditions (Arivaca)

March 9, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, with the arrival of Anglo missionaries and government officials, quilting was introduced to the Hopi people and it quickly became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremony with quilts being used in every Hopi household. Hopis today are 4th and 5th generation quiltmakers and as the atistic traditions of two cultures are blended, it is not uncommon to see a quilt with a traditional…

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January 2020

The Ballad of Arizona

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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Originally conceived to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, “The Ballad of Arizona” has been updated to provide a more complete survey of important, but often little-known, chapters of Arizona’s unique history. A blend of music, video, and lecture, “The Ballad of Arizona” is similar to “A Prairie Home Companion” but with an Arizona twist. The dozen vignettes featured in the presentation include the Buffalo Soldiers, dude ranch history, the Code Talkers, forester Aldo Leopold, Japanese-American Internment, famous cattle drives, the…

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February 2020

The Planet Mars in our Dreams and Reality

February 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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The Red Planet, Mars, has always held our fascination, more so than any other planet. The very word ‘Mars’ conjures up visions of Martians as well as great voyages of exploration in our imagination. What was once a distant, mysterious, cinnamon colored orb in our night sky is now literally a New World that we are currently exploring with rovers and landers on the surface and orbiters from above. Arizona scientists are playing a very important role in many of…

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March 2020

Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography

March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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For more than a century and a half some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams…

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April 2020

Pershing’s Chinese: Asylum Seekers amid Chinese Exclusion

April 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arivaca Old School House, 17080 W. 4th St
Arivaca, AZ 85601 United States
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In 1917, Gen. John J. Pershing brought 527 Chinese refugees from Mexico. These men had attached themselves to the punitive expedition conducted by Gen. Pershing in pursuit of the Mexican revolutionary leader Francisco “Pancho” Villa from 1916 to 1917. When Pershing withdrew, aware that the lives of the Chinese who had served his troops were in danger, he requested official permission to grant asylum to the Chinese. The majority of the Pershing’s Chinese refugees were sent to Fort Sam Houston…

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