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1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
(520) 594-5305 http://www.library.pima.gov/locations/HIM/

June 2014

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery

June 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Through his many diaries and letters it is obvious that Father Kino was more than a missionary who worked among the Native Americans. While his name is often associated with the San Xavier del Bac Mission, he was also a skilled mathematician and cartographer. He made more than 40 expeditions during his life while living in what was called Pimería Alta. His travels resulted in the first detailed map of the area and information on the people and cultures of…

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October 2014

Grants Workshop (Tucson)

October 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Join Arizona Humanities (AH) for a workshop FREE and open to anyone interested in learning more about AH and how to write a competitive grant proposal. Registration is limited and closes one business day prior to the workshop. If you would like to register for a workshop that is already closed, please contact Whitney Klotz, Programs and Grants Coordinator. Friday, October 3: 10:00-11:00am - Himmel Park Library (1035 N Treat Ave Tucson, AZ 85716) Click Here to Register Today!

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Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

October 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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What is Día de los Muertos? From where does it originate? And how is it celebrated? Día de los Muertos or Days of the Dead is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwestern United States. To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions. To many Mexicans, death is not a subject to be feared, ignored, or divorced from the living. One cannot celebrate life without also celebrating death. This…

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February 2015

Love and Marriage:  From a Medieval and Early Modern Perspective

February 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Both love and marriage play major roles in everyone’s life, and many of our modern discussions center on these two concepts. But we are often much too stuck in our own emotions to understand fully love and marriage.  This presentation offers a cultural-historical perspective on the concepts, examining their associated approaches, values, norms, and ideas.  The audience will learn what constitutes true love and marriage according to a variety of medieval poets, artists, theologians, and philosophers. Ultimately, audience members will…

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November 2015

History of Early Arizona/Sonora Through the Lens of the German-Speaking Jesuits

November 30, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The early history of Sonora/Arizona was deeply determined by the Jesuit Order. Padre Eusebio Kino arrived here in 1692 and died in 1711. Subsequently, a large number of German-speaking Jesuit missionaries arrived here, and many of them left highly fascinating reports, letters, diaries, maps, and encyclopedias behind (in German!). This talk deals with those missionaries and their accounts, probing what they can tell us about their relationship with the native population, and about the climatic, geological, and biological conditions of…

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January 2016

Swing Into History

January 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 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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February 2016

The Soul in Mayan, Andean, and Judeo-Christian Mystical Thought: Climbing the Universal Tree of Life

February 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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In world religious and spiritual traditions as distant as Central America, the Andes, and the Middle East, the concept of the soul and the axis of its universe, the Tree of Life, provide a unifying thread of thought. This lecture compares and contrasts images of the soul from the great mystical texts of Mayans, pre-Incan Andean peoples, Jews and Christians. The Popul Vuh of the Quiche Mayas of Guatemala, the Huarochiri manuscript of Peru's Lurin Valley region, the Zohar of…

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April 2016

The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, The Father of Glacier National Park

April 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hidehunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.” Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park. Audiences will…

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September 2016

The Sixties: The British Invasion

September 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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This lecture will focus on the rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s. From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream), we will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to this remarkable decade.…

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November 2016

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

November 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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In 1933, at the nadir of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was born. This New Deal program was designed to help unemployed young men learn new skills and earn a dollar a day to support both themselves and their families. CCCers fervently claim that this opportunity gave them the confidence and skills to tackle any challenge; it forever changed their lives. These men built the roads, trails, picnic areas, ranger stations, fire lookouts and public campgrounds that…

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April 2017

Mysticism – A Medieval Quest for Spiritual Epiphany – Tucson

April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Throughout time, but especially in the Middle Ages, individuals have been graced with visions, i.e., personal experiences with God or other saintly beings. Since the twelfth century, European mystics (especially women), reported about out-of-body experiences in which their souls were graced with a direct, personal encounter with the Godhead, which granted them unique and unheard-of authority. This talk will explore the meaning/history of mysticism and present its salient features through music and images, reflecting on individuals such as Hildegard of…

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October 2017

The Beatles “From Liverpool to Abbey Road” – Tucson

October 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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This session examines a chronological historic account of the lives, works and influence of The Beatles on contemporary society. We will discuss their phenomenal achievements from a musical and cultural perspective. The lecture will be enhanced with visual backgrounds and audio clips. Our historic journey starts from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, thru their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple…

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March 2018

The Magic of the Middle Ages: Lessons from the Past – Tucson

March 28, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The Middle Ages were not a dark ages, which is really just a modern myth. This presentation will highlight some of the glorious and mysterious aspects from that time, working with fascinating texts, images, music, architecture, magical arts, philosophy, and religion, as well as addressing problematic issues and conflicts. Some of those pertain to the relationship between Jews and Christians, the crusades, multilingualism, the issue of toleration/tolerance, and the quest for God, especially through mystical visions. The focus will also…

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April 2018

Arizona Goes to the Moon – Tucson

April 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Arizona played a key role in preparing to send humans to the moon in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The Apollo astronauts themselves traveled to the Grand Canyon and volcanic fields around the state to learn geology and practice their lunar excursions. Meanwhile, U.S. Geological Survey engineers worked with NASA staff members to develop and test instruments while artists joined forces with scientists to create detailed maps of the moon that were critical to navigating around lunar surface. Kevin Schindler is…

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December 2018

LGBTQ: A History in Arizona – Tucson

December 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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Arizona’s history of the LGBTQ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits, continues on through to the seismic shift of Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way as we talk about artists such as Keith Haring and George Quaintance. There is also the little known story of Nicolai De Raylan. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic. Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian. His passion…

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February 2019

You Are Where You Eat: How Dining Out Defines Arizona (Tucson)

February 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 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 2019

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

March 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 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. In this presentation, Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that…

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September 2019

The Holocaust and Its Memory

September 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The Nazis in Germany committed the worst crimes against humanity in world history. The Holocaust will remain in our collective memory and reminds us constantly of the profound dangers that threaten modern society.  Democracy is a fragile construct. This presentation analyzes the causes and conditions for the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and traces the horrible history of the Holocaust through maps, images, and texts, focusing also on the culture practiced today in Germany in a most moving way. …

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January 2020

The Shadow Catchers: 150 years of Arizona Photography

January 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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For more than a century and a half some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams…

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