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1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
928-669-2622 http://www.parkerpubliclibrary.com/

Parker Learning Center

January 2015

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

January 15, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 WWII Executive Order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese American citizens from the west coast, incarcerating them in ten remote internment camps in seven states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented the internment, and artists Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Sugimoto, and Miné Okubo made powerful records of camp life. Arizona’s two camps, Gila River and Poston, were among…

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February 2015

Pauline Weaver and the Mountain Men of Arizona

February 1, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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This presentation explains who the mountain men were, how they lived, and why they were in Arizona. Using a colorful presentation, Weber, clad in buckskins, focuses on the life and times of Pauline Weaver, Prescott, Arizona's first white citizen, and other famous mountain men who made their way through this territory. Using photos, maps and filmed demonstrations, Weber explains the work these men did, the routes they traveled, and the arms, tools and accoutrements they used for commerce and everyday…

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March 2015

The Vulture Gold Mine

March 25, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Gold Mine was the first big gold mine in Arizona. The mine and its colorful cast of characters, along with the town of Wickenburg, were instrumental in stimulating considerable growth and development in Central Arizona. This presentation will share the multi-layered story of the gold mine, thus illustrating its unique role in early Arizona history.   A graduate of the Idaho School of Mines, Gary Carter enjoyed a 36-year career in education,…

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January 2016

The Ballad of Arizona: our First Hundred Years

January 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Similar to NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" but with and Arizona twist, this program uses music, storytelling and live radio-style newscasts to present important but often neglected events in Arizona history. The "Hoosiers"-like story of a Miami, AZ High School basketball team comprised of the sons of Mexican-American mine workers who won the state championship in 1951, and Buffalo soldiers stationed near Nogales who engaged with Mexican regiments in a border clash, are among the compelling stories told. Jay Craváth…

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February 2016

Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces: The Lives of Men on the Arizona Frontier.

February 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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From the Federal Writers' Project, interviews with pioneer men who first rode into the Arizona Territory when the law of the land was a gun. A saga of incredible action of gun battles, deadly weather, Indian attacks, outlaws, and evasive fortunes. Some found success, some found poverty, and some found an early grave. These are the true-life stories of Arizona characters including outlaw John Ringo, lawman Commodore Perry Owens, tough Pete Kitchen, and miner Henry Wickenburg, the man who found…

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Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest

February 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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The American Southwest is world-renown for its colorful and spectacular landscapes like Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. But how did these wonders come to exist and what can ordinary rocks tell us about their ancient origins? You’ll be amazed to learn that the Southwest was once the site of warm, tropical beaches; shifting dunes in Sahara-like deserts; coastlines stalked by large dinosaurs; and rivers that once flowed towards the present-day site of the…

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December 2016

Aw-Thum Bow & Arrow “Don’t Get the String Wet.” – Parker

December 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Growing up playing and shooting an Aw-Thum bow (circa 1926) was a favorite pastime for Royce Manuel who was told by his father “make your own arrows and don’t get the string wet.” The bow string made from horse intestines were forever changed when the sprinkles of rain came. Manuel’s grandfather shared stories while demonstrating the most effective way of holding an arrow to meet its mark. With many men sharing their words of wisdom; Royce Manuel followed their teachings…

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November 2017

Rivers of Dreams: Stories and Music of Arizona’s Waterways – Parker

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Arizona’s rivers were first, lush green ribbons of life through a desert landscape. They became sustaining paths, first for the indigenous, later for immigrants leaving wagon tracks. On the Salt River, Hohokam built vast canals to direct water for irrigation. The first European citizens of Phoenix used these same trenches. The history, stories and songs are shared interactively. Jay Craváth, Ph.D. is a composer, writer, and scholar in the field of music and Indigenous studies. He crafts programs from these…

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January 2019

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

January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 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 WWII sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the…

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Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Parker

January 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College, 1109 Geronimo Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. She shares some of the secrets prissy folks would rather forget. You will learn why this small state has had…

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