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Dusenberry-River Branch Library

5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
520-594-5345 http://www.library.pima.gov/locations/RIV/

April 2016

Swing Into History

April 11, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as…

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August 2016

FRANK Talks: Stories of Arizona

August 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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Stories of Arizona: Historic Places, Spaces and People Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian Stories about Jacob Waltz (the Lost Dutchman,) the Curse of the Red Ghost, The Masque of the Yellow Moon and The Arizona Biltmore are just a few of the fascinating stories that provide us with glimpses of Arizona’s past. Have you heard of Winnie Ruth Judd, the trunk murderess, the Eisendrath House or artist George Quaintance?  Sometimes Arizona stories include controversial history. Join us for a FRANK…

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September 2016

Telling It Like It Was: Interviews with Arizona Pioneer Women

September 22, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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During the Depression the Federal Writers Project conducted interviews with over 144 women who arrived in the Territory between 1850 and 1890. The women spoke of their long and dangerous journeys, and with their words paint pictures of the hardships and life threatening situations of their frontier existence. Through hard work, dedication, tenacity and humor they conquered and helped make a state. Hear the story of the original Arizona pioneer families including the Udalls, Flakes, Kartchners, Luceros, Romeros, and Jennings.…

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December 2016

Epics of the American Southwest: Hopi, Dine and Hispanic Narratives of Heros and Heroines in Mythic Literature

December 19, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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Too often the claim is heard that there is very little ancient history or literature in the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether it is the Hopi epics of the wanderings of Long Sash and the exploits of the Koshare twins; the Navajo legends that connect the cultures of the Southwest with the great late-Medieval stories of Toltec-Aztec Mexcio; or the adventures of Spanish men and women who deserted Francisco de Coronado's expedition in protest over…

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January 2018

The U.S. Constitution: What It Says and How It Works – Tucson

January 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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Most Americans think they know what the Constitution says but few have actually examined it. Here is an opportunity to review the concepts and composition of the document that functions as the legal foundation and framework of the nation. The Constitution provides principles for federal relations with the nation’s constituent states, citizens, and inhabitants. It has deployed a constitutional system called federalism. Its hallmarks have featured dual sovereignty, delegated and reserved powers, and guarantees of personal civil liberties and rights.…

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February 2018

Hopi Quilting Traditions – Tucson

February 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, with the arrival of Anglo missionaries and government officials, quilting was introduced to the Hopi people and it quickly became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremony with quilts being used in every Hopi household. Hopis today are 4th and 5th generation quiltmakers and as the atistic traditions of two cultures are blended, it is not uncommon to see a quilt with a traditional…

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March 2018

William H. Emory, The Heroic Opening of the American Southwest – Tucson

March 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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Lieutenant William H. Emory, topographical engineer, rode with General Kearny in the 1846/47 conquest of New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Bold Emory, as he was known at West Point, fought beside the general at the Battle of San Pascual. Throughout his trek from Missouri to California, he recorded the terrain, its people, ruins, flora and fauna. His map opened the Southern Emigrant Road to travel and his published work introduced the Southwest to the American people and established the need…

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January 2019

Arizona Stories: Frontier Characters and Communities – Tucson

January 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 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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November 2019

The Antiquity of Irrigation in the Southwest

November 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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Before AD 1500, Native American cultures took advantage of southern Arizona’s long growing season and tackled its challenge of limited precipitation by developing the earliest and most extensive irrigation works in all of North America. Agriculture was introduced to Arizona more than 4,000 years before present, and irrigation systems were developed in our state at least 3,500 years ago – several hundred years before irrigation was established in ancient Mexico. This presentation by archaeologist Allen Dart provides an overview of…

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December 2019

The Value and Importance of Water in the Desert: The History of Agua Caliente Spring

December 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E River Rd #105
Tucson, AZ 85750 United States
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