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Cochise College Benson Campus

1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 United States
http://www.cochise.edu/contact/benson-center/

January 2015

Saving the Great American West:  The Story of George Bird Grinnell

January 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 United States
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The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes.  Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”  Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park.  Audiences will…

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March 2016

Chiricahua National Monument: One Landscape Steeped in Many Arizona Histories

March 5, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 United States
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Chiricahua National Monument in SE Arizona has never been known as a “Crown Jewel” in the Park System. Yet it is rich in natural and historical resources — an onion deep with cultural layers intimately connected to and dependent upon phantasmagorical rock formations and a small, well-watered valley. This cultural landscape contains stories of pre-contact Archaic settlement, Chiricahua Apache homeland, a Buffalo Soldier encampment, frontier homesteading, territory-era farming and ranching, an early Forest Service ranger station, a famous Arizona dude…

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April 2016

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

April 9, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 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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February 2017

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona – Benson

February 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 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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February 2018

Arizona Place Names: Our Map and How It Got That Way – Benson

February 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 United States
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Place names are like fossil poetry. They afford a kind of folk history, a snapshot in time that enables us to read in them a record of important events, and reconstruct something of the members of a culture at the time they assigned names to the places they saw. The United States has over 3.5 million place names, and there is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous, and picturesque—a tradition to which Arizona has…

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February 2019

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art (Benson)

February 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cochise College Benson Campus, 1025 State Route 90
Benson, 85602 United States
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Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves? Mr. Dart illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives. Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since…

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