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Desert Caballeros Western Museum

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21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
(928) 684-2272 https://www.westernmuseum.org/

December 2014

Sedona Through Time

December 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Sedona is known for its colorful rocks, but how did this striking landscape come to be? Join Ranney on a thrilling trip back in time when the red rocks were part of a coastal plain, a Sahara-like desert, and warm, tropical seas. Learn how the area became sculpted into a maze of breathtaking buttes, spires, and mesas. And, be sure to ask plenty of questions – Ranney has been studying the red rocks of Sedona for over 35 years!  …

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February 2015

The Vulture Gold Mine

February 19, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 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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March 2015

Pauline Weaver and the Mountain Men of Arizona

March 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 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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February 2016

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

February 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 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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April 2016

In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

April 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache where the native women took her under their care. Gradually, Martha’s attitude towards the desert changed and she soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the…

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September 2016

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

September 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L. A. During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state during its prime, and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road.…

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December 2016

Honky Tonks, Brothels and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona – Wickenburg

December 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities evolved orchestras, opera and glee clubs—all in hamlets like Tombstone. Here, a miner off shift at the Bird Cage could enjoy the proceedings while gambling…

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February 2017

Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest – Wickenburg

February 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 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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April 2017

Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona – Wickenburg

April 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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An early viable economic activity of the 1800s in Arizona has been mostly forgotten. Basque, Canadians, Danes among others arrived in the mid to late 1800s to graze sheep on thousands of acres practicing transhumance. Many of these men worked for other established ranchers until ultimately they gained a herd of their own. In the early 1900s the herds had grown to over one million sheep. But, today there is less than 20,000 sheep and only a couple of Basque…

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August 2017

Dan Fellner’s “Exotic Cold-Weather Travel Destinations” – Wickenburg

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Ready for a break from the heat? Join Dan Fellner - Travel Writer for a virtual journey to four chilly and off-the beaten-path travel destinations. We'll travel to Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, and the Yukon Territory. Fellner has written about and photographed all four destinations for The Arizona Republic's "Travel & Explore" section. This program is free to the public, made possible by Arizona Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dan Fellner is a travel…

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November 2017

You Are Where You Eat: How Dining Out Defines Arizona – Wickenburg

November 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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When the first dining guide to the Valley of the Sun appeared in 1978, the authors had to explain what “sushi” was. Fast forward four decades, and Arizonans are munching rainbow rolls in shopping-mall food courts. The restaurant business in Arizona now brings in more than $11 billion a year. With stories, statistics and insider tidbits, former restaurant critic Howard Seftel explores the many ways that dining out reflects our evolving culture, as well as shapes it. He explains the…

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March 2018

Early Western Songs and Singers – Wickenburg

March 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Whether or not you grew up when Western films competed favorably with the popular films of the day, you will definitely want to take yourself back in time to hear the music that made cowboy legends out of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Jimmy Wakely and so many other Western singers. Music Historian Erik Larson will ‘stir the campfire’ and feature a generous number of original Western recordings that were so much a part of the…

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January 2019

Arizona Stories: Frontier Characters and Communities – Wickenburg

January 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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From mammoth hunters and canal builders to Native Americans, Hispanics, Americans, Irish, Serbians, and just about every nationality under the sun, Arizona has always been a land of many cultures. And while the Earps and the Geronimo are world famous, Arizona can also be proud of its unsung men and women and cooperative communities. Here we will share Arizona’s experiences from the famous to the little known, from Native American ceremonies to mining booms, cattle drives, cotton harvests, and religious…

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March 2019

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

March 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 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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December 2019

Picturing Arizona: Celebrating Early Arizona Women Artists, Writers, Photographers, and Songsters

December 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Artistry in its many forms makes us think, sing, dance, and enjoy the wonders of our surroundings. The arts also allow us to document the lives of our ancestors and learn from the past. Some of the finest early Arizona artists were women who wrote, painted, photographed, and vocalized the magnificence and history of their communities and their circumstances. Painters provided visual images, while writers pictured the west with their prose and poetry. Singing voices soared above the highest mountains,…

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February 2020

On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways Magazine

February 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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The first issue of Arizona Highways magazine was published in April, 1925. In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. With annual economic impact of over $65 million, Arizona Highways reaches all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. But the journey has been anything but uneventful. With a unique publishing…

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March 2020

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

March 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390 United States
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Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona’s most honored and respected journalists. She has won accolades in every facet of her career— investigative reporter, magazine columnist, television commentator and author of nationally acclaimed books. She currently writes for True West magazine, digging up the true stories behind the popular myths, with an emphasis on Arizona’s real history and women of the Old West. Her insight, knowledge and wit produce exuberant, riveting speeches that always garner rave reviews. As we celebrate the…

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