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Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center

405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
(520) 421-8760 http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/rec/facilities/dorothy-powell-senior-adult-center/

December 2021

Ancient Snapshots: Verde Valley Family Life from the 11th to the 14th Centuries with Ken Zoll

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Ever wonder what Arizona was like one thousand years ago? Step back in time to the eleventh through fourteenth centuries and discover how ancient people in the Verde Valley of Central Arizona lived. Showcasing some of the 50,000 artifacts recovered from the Dyck Cliff Dwelling in Rimrock, Arizona, this program offers a snapshot of daily life including shelter, diet, tools, household goods, clothing, and leisure time activities. Unlike so many other cliff dwellings in the Verde Valley that were robbed…

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January 2022

Flying through Arizona: The Story of the First National Women’s Air Race with Natalie Stewart-Smith

January 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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In 1929, the first national women’s air race from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH passed through Arizona. Stopping in Yuma, Phoenix, and Douglas, the intrepid fliers solidified their determination and sisterhood along these Arizona waypoints. Who were these aviators? What were their planes like in 1929? What challenges did they encounter along the way? And what about that telegram sent to pilot Thea Rasche, “Beware of sabotage”? There is much to explore! This program is cohosted by The Museum…

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February 2022

The Underground and Overground Railroad with Dr. Tamika Sanders

February 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Using storytelling, historical artifacts and songs, this presentation will depict the ingenuity and resiliency used by those involved in the Underground Railroad to help over 100,000 enslaved people escape to freedom between 1810 and 1850. We’ll then fast forward to the Jim Crow era and explore the Overground Railroad created by the Green Book which helped foster a network of safe spaces that allowed Blacks to travel, live and work despite illegal and legally sanctioned discrimination through Jim Crow laws.…

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March 2022

Teresa Urrea, the 19th-Century Mexican Mystic, in the Novel and the Newspaper with Dr. Amber Workman

March 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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This presentation is on Teresa de Urrea, a nineteenth-century Mexican healer, mystic, and social justice advocate who was revered by many, especially the poor and oppressed and those of indigenous background. After being blamed for inciting locals to take part in what would eventually become one of the rebellions that led to the Mexican Revolution, Urrea was exiled to Nogales, Arizona. This talk looks at different representations of this folk saint in fiction and in the press, who remains a…

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April 2022

Chiles & Chocolate: Sweet and Spicy Foods in the American West with Chris Glenn & Sandy Sunseri

April 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Come have a taste of the rich and savory history of these food favorites, explore how early peoples used them, and how they have evolved and spread to all corners of the world. Food is a portal into culture and can convey a range of cultural meaning including occasion, social status, ethnicity, and wealth depending on the social context. Discover how chiles and chocolate became identity markers in gender roles and relationships, essential in rituals and religious customs, popular in…

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