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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/

September 2014

Ghost Towns of the Second World War: Arizona’s Historic Military Sites

September 17, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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During the Second World War, Arizona’s open spaces, sparse population, and mild weather made it an ideal location for a wide range of military operations including combat training, POW camps, and flight training. By war’s end, more pilots received their wings in Arizona than in any other state. This presentation discusses the war’s impact on Arizona with a special focus on those sites that still have significant features, foundations, or remains from the war period. Using both historic and contemporary…

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November 2014

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History Preserved in Their Quilts

November 19, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Join Stevenson as she traces Arizona history through women who recorded pieces of their lives in their needlework.  Beginning with 1860s Mexican women, through 1990s Hopi women, this presentation introduces women who pioneered Arizona through quilts they stitched. Some of the women featured are Atanacia Santa Cruz Hughes, Tucson; Viola Slaughter, Southeastern Arizona; Alice Gillette Haught, Payson; Mary Smith Lawler, Prescott; Ruth Woolf Jordan, Tempe/Sedona; Sedona Schnebly, Sedona; Rose Livingston, Yuma; and Emma Andres, Prescott. The colorful patterns of women’s quilts…

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December 2014

Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps and Our National Parks and Forests

December 17, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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In 1933, at the nadir of the Great Depression, the CCC was born. The program was designed to help unemployed and untrained young men learn new skills and earn money to support their families. CCCers fervently claim that the skill-building experiences forever changed their lives. These men built the roads, trails, picnic areas, ranger stations, fire lookouts and public campgrounds that we still use and appreciate today.  This presentation will provide a brief history of the Great Depression, the CCC…

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January 2015

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

January 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th 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 and Poston, were among…

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February 2015

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

February 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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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March 2015

Cowboys and Cowgirls: Icons of the American West

March 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Few symbols have been more durable than the American cowboy. This program will give an overview of this populist figure, whose image was first defined by painters Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Also important to the story are brave cowgirls and the Mexican vaqueros. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show showcased mythic cowboy culture, with singing cowboys, pretty girls on horses, and plenty of Indians in his internationally popular extravaganzas that for many defined the American West. Arizona’s contribution to…

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November 2015

Descansos: Marking Passages

November 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Marking the location of deaths with crosses or descansos is a very old custom which has been traced back to twelfth-century Europe. The custom diffused to the Americas with the arrival of the conquistadors in the sixteenth century.  This presentation traces the evolution and diffusion of the roadside memorial, the typology of the crosses, states’ policies on the placement of roadside shrines, and the controversy surrounding the placement.  The roadside memorial is truly a cultural icon from the past. With…

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December 2015

Tom Mix: King of the Cowboys

December 17, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Cowboy movie star Tom Mix was internationally famous. Many legends and tall tales have been told about his life. This presentation highlights some of the true stories about Mix and his connection to Arizona and debunks some of the Hollywood hype. Why was Mix on that highway south of Florence where he met his death?  Find out about his childhood, the early years in show business, the multiple marriages and divorces, his career path, his presence in Arizona and the…

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February 2016

All Hat and No Cattle: The Language of the American West

February 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Every day we use words and phrases whose roots lie in the American West. Words like “brand,” “maverick,” and “railroaded,” along with phrases like “climb down of your high horse” and “passing the buck” all grew out of the culture and experiences of those who resided west of the Mississippi. Thse creative words and phrases are poetic, descriptive and often quite humorous, like the saying “He’s got a ten-dollar Stetson on a fie-cent head.” Ride shotgun with Renzi as he explores the meanings and historical origins…

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March 2016

Adventurous Spirits: Arizona’s Women Artists, 1900-1950

March 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Before WWII, the resident art community of Arizona was comprised mostly of women, and this talk explores these independent spirits. Kate Cory, one of the first to arrive in 1905, chronicled the Hopi mesas. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s the first resident artist. Lillian Wilhelm Smith came to the state to illustrate the works of Zane Grey. Impressionist Jessie Benton Evans’s Scottsdale villa became a social center for local artists. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Harold founded the Museum of…

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December 2016

On the Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine

December 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Once your family arrived in the west often there was not a doctor within miles. The medical care of the family landed in the hands of the family. Luckily, it was soon learned that the plants held many secrets for someone who was ill. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, pine needles are rich in vitamin C, a spider web will close up a cut, and so much more. For this presentation a frontier medical bag is used…

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January 2017

Cowboys and Cowgirls: Icons of the American West

January 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Few symbols have been more durable than the American cowboy. This program will give an overview of this populist figure, whose image was first defined by painters Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Also important to the story are brave cowgirls and the Mexican vaqueros. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show showcased mythic cowboy culture, with singing cowboys, pretty girls on horses, and plenty of Indians in his internationally popular extravaganzas that for many defined the American West. Arizona’s contribution to…

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February 2017

The Bronze Buckaroo: the Life Story of Herb Jeffries – Casa Grande

February 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The 1930s and 1940s were the era of Western singing cowboys like Rex Allen, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Herb Jefferies was the African-American singing cowboy, appearing in movies and on stage for African-American audiences. He could ride, rope and sing with the best of them and his story has largely been forgotten. This presentation will explore his life and career. Steve Renzi, a University of Arizona graduate with a degree in history, believes that every generation must learn about…

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March 2017

A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona

March 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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The men who explored Arizona are legends in the history of the region and of anthropology, but what about the women who accompanied them or explored by themselves?  Did you know that Matilda Coxe Stevenson was a member of the first official government survey of Canyon de Chelly or that Emma Mindeleff surveyed ruins in the Verde Valley while Theresa Russell helped her husband locate Hohokam sites? Probably not, for none are listed in “official” histories. Learn about the hidden…

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November 2017

Arizona’s Wild Myths and Legends – Casa Grande

November 9, 2017 @ 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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Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne: what do these famous characters have in common? They are not who we think they are because of the legends that have grown up around them. From the 1860’s dime novels to the books, movies, and television shows, writers have altered, exaggerated and sometimes lied about these folk heroes.  In “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the editor says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” We will examine how the…

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December 2017

Cowpokes, Crooks, and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies – Casa Grande

December 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Tyrone Power, Andy Devine,  Katy Jurado, Steve McQueen and, of course, John Wayne. From the earliest days of film, Arizona has been a setting and subject for hundreds of films. Some, like Junior Bonner and Red River, are considered classics, others, such as Billy Jack and Evolution, surely less so. Some may even be classics in the making, from Tombstone to Near Dark. In this entertaining talk, Gregory McNamee, a frequent contributor on film to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and former…

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November 2018

Hi Jolly and Mystery of the US Army Camel Corps – Casa Grande

November 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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This presentation will explore the US Army’s experiment with using camel from the Middle East to make it more mobile in the newly acquired Southwest.  In order to teach the soldiers about camels, a local from the Middle East, who was called Hi Jolly, was shipped over with the camels.  Even though Secretary of War Jefferson Davis desperately wanted the Camel Corps to be successful, the experiment was a failure.  Find out what happened to the camels and their minder,…

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January 2019

“Protecting a Way of Life” Kinship Responsibilities – Casa Grande

January 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Royce Manuel (Akimel O’odham) best describes his work through the “Tools of Yesterday” using plant fiber, primitive bows & arrows, knapping stone, and making agave plant cordage. As a tribal and cultural educator and member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Royce and Debbie specializes in the revival and teaching of artistic traditions while renewing and protecting indigenous knowledge for generations to come. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles, provides valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community…

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February 2019

Celebrities, Artists…and Good Places to Drink (Casa Grande)

February 21, 2019 @ 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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Arizona has always been a geographical muse for writers, artists and composers, as well as a getaway for the rich and famous.  In this talk, learn about some of the people who have had adventures, weddings and unusual experiences here, while also learning about some of the places they lifted a glass, and why you might want to follow their example. During 35 years in newspaper, magazine and broadcasting, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger discovered that “journalism is history on the fly,”…

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March 2019

The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa (Casa Grande)

March 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust and dirt of the…

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December 2019

Arizona: a History of Snake Oil Salesmen, Scams, and Hoaxes

December 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Since the earliest days, Arizonans have been visited by entrepreneurs offering all kinds of get rich quick schemes. Benefitting from tales of abundant resources in the territory, limited law enforcement and communication, a scoundrel could create enticing promise of riches and success without much external oversight. Newspapers often fanned the hysteria only to later denounce and expose the schemes. People from across America came west to seek a better life. When that better life proved too slow in materializing, they…

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January 2020

The Vanishing Trading Posts

January 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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“The Vanishing Trading Posts” presents a snapshot of life in the southwest that has disappeared. In a little over one hundred years, trading posts in the Four Corners were founded, traders and Native Americans flourished, and then the posts faded away. The challenges and unexpected gifts of cross-cultural exchange and stories of trading family dynasties are discussed against a background of social and economic changes on the reservations and in the U.S. that still impact relationships today. Chris and Sandy…

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February 2020

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

February 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 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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April 2020

CANCELED – The Most Courageous Arizona Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of

April 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, 405 E. 6th St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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You can’t find Laura Nihell in the Arizona Archives, or any history book on early Arizona, or any chronicle of Arizona journalists—but she was not only there, she proved herself one of the most courageous journalists of territorial days. Laura owned the Copper Belt in Jerome from 1909 to 1912—in the midst of Arizona’s quest for statehood and voting rights for women—and stood up against one of the ugliest chapters in our history: The Chinese Purge. Jana discovered this woman…

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November 2021

Arizona: The Beat Goes On with Marshall Shore

November 18, 2021 @ 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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Arizona’s music history is rich and diverse…from musicians to singers to song writers, and more. The music of Arizona has made its way to ears across the globe; influencing other musicians, affecting society, and entertaining so many. Included will be stories of music by: indigenous people; the first recorded woman singing country and western; the guitar that was heard round the world; and, a performer that may have kicked off the sexual revolution. This program is cohosted by The Museum…

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December 2021

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

December 16, 2021 @ 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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