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Cochise College Downtown Center

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2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
520-515-3636 https://www.cochise.edu/downtown-center/

April 2023

Miners,Cowboys and Washerwomen: the Work Songs of Arizona with Jay Cravath

April 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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In a lively and entertaining portrait of working class music, Dr. Cravath explores its roots and rhythms. From the cottonfields of Chandler to the crooked streets of Jerome, songs were companions to the immigrants who explored and built our state. Through performance and discussion, this subject, which reveals so much of the nature and character of a people, is considered. Comments from the Ajo Library include: “A program could not be more enjoyable”; Very very wonderful!!!”; Excellent—humor—knowledge—experience—‘the works’”. This is…

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For the Love of Turquoise with Carrie Calisay Cannon

April 12, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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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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Desert Rats, River Runners, and Canyon Crawlers: Four Arizona Explorers with Gregory McNamee

April 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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Francisco Garcés, a Franciscan friar, arrived in what is now Arizona in 1768. Assigned to the church at San Xavier del Bac south of present-day Tucson, he traveled widely throughout Arizona and California, charting overland routes that later travelers would follow. Near where Garcés would meet his death in 1781, an American soldier named Joseph Christmas Ives embarked on an arduous expedition up the Colorado River, one of the first Americans to see what he called the Big Canyon. A…

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Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

April 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cochise College Downtown Center, 2600 E Wilcox Dr
Sierra Vista, 85635
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Health care in early Arizona was hardly reliable and frequently nonexistent. Often, settlers were on their own when tragedy struck with women taking on the responsibility for the well-being of their families. And if women were considered incapable of earning the title “Doctor,” they could certainly save souls. Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel…

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