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449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
(520) 421-8710 http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/rec/library/

January 2015

The Ballad of Arizona: Our First 100 Years

January 23, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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This engaging program, similar to a “Prairie Home Companion” but with an Arizona twist, uses live music, storytelling, video, and other visual aides to highlight stories of Arizona’s first century. Jay Craváth and Dan Shilling form the nucleus of the program, relating vignettes through song and story, such as the murder of reporter Don Bolles, the Buffalo Soldiers, Aldo Leopold in the Southwest, and other famous and lesser-known chapters of the Arizona narrative.   Jay Craváth is a composer, musician,…

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February 2015

Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest

February 23, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The American Southwest is world-renown for its colorful, modern landscape, but you’ll be amazed to learn what it used to look like. The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, and the Petrified Forest hold clues to the fascinating story of how the Southwest was once the site of tropical seas, Sahara-like deserts, coastlines stalked by huge dinosaurs, and rivers that once flowed toward the Rocky Mountains. These long-lost and surprising scenes from the past come alive as audiences travel…

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March 2015

Eloy’s Gun and Cotton Stories: Romanticizing the Real

March 25, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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This presentation focuses on the lively and lawless days of Eloy, Arizona. Eloy might have had a reputation that rivaled that of Tombstone, with its killings, graft, good time houses, and mysterious murders. Explore this turbulent time in Territorial Eloy, when the influx of seasonal cotton pickers "raised hell" on the weekends.   Geta LeSeur is a professor of English and Africana studies at The University of Arizona, specializing in African, Caribbean, and African American literature. Her book Not All…

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January 2016

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers

January 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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February 2016

The New Deal in Arizona

February 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Arizona’s New Deal built sidewalks, post offices, provided school lunches and outhouses. It produced roadside shrines and monuments to encourage tourism, check dams and mud stock tanks to support Arizona ranchers as well as golf courses and pools for recreation. The federal investment in the built and cultural landscape of 1930s Arizona and the nation was sweeping and continues to provide much of our infrastructure. This overview of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in Arizona highlights stories of local politics that…

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March 2016

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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, Poston) were among the largest,…

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October 2016

Signs of the Times: Arizona’s Golden Age of Neon & Signs

October 7, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The rise of car travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s meant that thousands of people were traversing the broad expanses of the Southwest looking for new landscapes and adventure. As the cars sped past, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations needed large, bright signs to make an impression. This informative and entertaining visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon signs, and references the designers whose signs became iconic images that defined the West…

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November 2016

Origins of Civil Rights

November 18, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The phrase “civil rights” commonly appears in much public discussion. But what are “civil rights”? Where did they come from? Why do we have them? Civil rights in U. S. law have revolved around what, if any, personal characteristics should control the legal relation of an individual to others and to the community at large, particularly in regard to law’s recognition of what a person could and could not do, should and should not do, and the basis on which…

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January 2017

The Sixties: The British Invasion – Casa Grande

January 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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This lecture will focus on the rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s. From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream), we will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to this remarkable decade.…

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The Big Thirst: How Jack Pfister Helped Arizona Face Its Water Challenges – Casa Grande

January 27, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for fighting. The old quip about the West seems truer than ever as growth and climate change put pressure on water supplies. But history shows that Arizonans can solve water problems without a gunfight. In recent decades, Jack Pfister was a leader in reaching agreements on divisive water issues. This presentation explores a wide variety of challenges – taming the floods that devastated the Phoenix metro areas, controlling groundwater pumping, funding the Central Arizona Project,…

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February 2017

FRANK Talks: Colorblindness and equality – Casa Grande

February 16, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths? Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations Most of us are raised to value colorblindness and equality. Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to symbolize objectivity; Dr. King’s legacy to judge each other by our character rather than skin color is a well-known mantra; and we regularly pledge our allegiance to equality for all. We are taught that these American values are what sets us apart from other…

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March 2017

By the Time They Came to Phoenix: African American Cotton Pickers in Arizona – Casa Grande

March 3, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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By the Time They Came to Phoenix: African American Cotton Pickers in Arizona Description – Featuring a documentary that tells the stories of early African American cotton pickers in El Mirage and in other regions of Arizona, this presentation explores the lives of African Americans who came to the cotton fields from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma during the 1940s through the 1960s.  These individuals made significant cultural, historical, and economic contributions to life in Arizona, from founding churches to serving…

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November 2017

From Sun Rise to Meteor Falls: Cultural Astronomy of the Prehistoric Southwest – Casa Grande

November 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive and thrive has been tied to environmental conditions. The skill to predict the climatic change of the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions. Seasonal calendars thus became the foundation of early cultures: hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating were activities dictated by specific times of the year. In addition, celestial events such as eclipses and falling stars would have profound effects on…

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December 2017

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

December 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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 2018

Hopi Quilting Traditions – Casa Grande

January 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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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March 2018

Rising from Invisibility:  Indigenous Arizona Women – Casa Grande

March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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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Cochise and Bascom, How the Apache Wars Began – Casa Grande

March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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In 1861, Lieutenant George Bascom confronted Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise demanding the return of the abducted boy, Felix Ward (aka Mickey Free). The epic 14-day affair, 70 soldiers surrounded by 500 Apaches rescued by the timely intervention of the cavalry, ended in blood with hostages slain on both sides. Congress recognized Dr. Bernard Irwin, who rode with 12 men to relieve the beleaguered soldiers, with the first Medal of Honor. Historians have come to credit Bascom with starting a war.…

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November 2018

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers – Casa Grande

November 16, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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December 2018

Landscapes of Migration in the Arizona-Sonora Borderland – Casa Grande

December 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The dividing line of the U.S.-Mexico border may be the most significant feature of the Arizona-Sonora borderland today, but the region is also at the center of major north-south corridors of human migration. In this talk, Scott warren offers an in-depth look at historical and contemporary patterns of south-north migration through this region, from ancient Hohokam trade routes, to Spanish colonizers, to contemporary migrants—both documented and undocumented. While in some cases migration routes and patterns have changed over time, in…

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January 2019

Coming Home to a Place You’ve Never Been Before – Casa Grande

January 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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What is it like moving to a place where you do not know the language or culture? Where you do not have any family or friends? Where you do not know what you are eating or where you are sleeping? And now it is your home! Could you do it? Who in your family did it? In this presentation, participants have the opportunity to explore migration to Arizona, share their family history in migrating, and discuss their experiences being welcomed,…

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February 2019

FRANK Talk – – Borders, Walls, and Immigration – Casa Grande

February 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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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March 2019

Legacies of the Past: Arizona Women Who Made History (Casa Grande)

March 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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From artists and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs, women who plowed the land and those who were instrumental in establishing laws for the new territory of Arizona. Many early Arizona women became known for their fortitude in the face of adversity, their confrontation of extraordinary and sometimes dangerous situations, their adventuresome spirits, and their dedication to improving the lives of others. Some of these women gained a degree of celebrity across the state, within their communities, and throughout their tribal regions,…

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November 2019

Kate Cory: Arizona Artist, Adventurer, and Photographer

November 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Artist Kate Cory, 1861-1958, learned of the Hopi Mesas in 1905 through a lecture at the Pen and Brush Club in New York City. By fall of that year, Kate Cory made the decision to travel to Arizona and spend time among the Hopi People. For the next seven years Kate lived in the mesa-top villages where she painted and photographed ceremonies and everyday Hopi life, becoming the first artist to extensively spend time among the Hopis. Kate’s lifetime of…

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December 2019

“Hyenas in Petticoats”–How Women Struggled Against Every Dirty Trick in the Books to Win the Vote!

December 13, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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As we celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment in 2020, it’s time to look back at the enormous effort it took for women to be granted full citizenship and the vote. History has downplayed suffrage, as if it were just a footnote in American history, when in fact, it was the nation’s largest civil rights movement. Western women got the vote long before their Eastern sisters, but don’t dare tell an Arizona suffragette that she had it easy.…

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February 2020

Rock Hounds and River Rats: The 1937 Carnegie-CalTech Grand Canyon Expedition

February 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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In 1937, a team of CalTech geology professors and rough-and-tumble boatmen set out in three small wooden boats on a six-week journey through the Grand Canyon to study the ancient rocks of the canyon’s Inner Gorge. At the time, fewer than a dozen river parties had successfully run the canyon–often with a loss of boats or crew. Leveraging excerpts from several of the members’ trip journals, as well as original photographs and video footage, learn about the adventures, hardships, conflicts,…

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March 2020

A Staggering Panorama: Women Artists and the Grand Canyon

March 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The iconic image of the Grand Canyon, the state’s signature landscape, has inspired countless artists with its geologically impressive and colorful beauty. In the nineteenth century, there were few women who participated in the national enthusiasm for landscape painting, but in the twentieth century, women emphatically claimed this subject. The Santa Fe Railway formed the first corporate art collection in America, focusing its efforts on the Southwest, and purchasing many works by women to promote their routes. The Canyon was…

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