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McFarland State Historic Park

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24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
520-868-4496

January 2023

Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner

January 12, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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From Douglas Fairbanks filming in Nogales in 1917 to “How the West Was Won” statewide in 1963, the state of Arizona has always been a photogenic favorite for movie producers. The program looks from “Real to Reel” to see how Hollywood has affected popular views of Western settlement and continues to impact social interactions. The show runs the gamut from Tom Mix to Val Kilmer with information about the plots, players, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Tom Mix, Jean Harlow, John…

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February 2023

Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero

February 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000 year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his…

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March 2023

Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

March 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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Health care in early Arizona was hardly reliable and frequently nonexistent. Often, settlers were on their own when tragedy struck with women taking on the responsibility for the well-being of their families. And if women were considered incapable of earning the title “Doctor,” they could certainly save souls. Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel…

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April 2023

The Evolution of an Icon–The History of Arizona Highways Magazine with Win Holden

April 20, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 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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