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Mohave County Library Bullhead City

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1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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April 2016

In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

April 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache where the native women took her under their care. Gradually, Martha’s attitude towards the desert changed and she soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the…

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June 2016

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

June 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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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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September 2016

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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John Wayne was born in Iowa and lived for most of his adult life in California. Yet, he spent many years exploring, living, and investing in Arizona, where he produced his own films, raised cattle, operated a game ranch, and was seemingly everywhere at once. Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In this talk, Gregory McNamee, who often writes about film and western history alike for such publications as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The Hollywood Reporter, looks…

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March 2017

Arizona Songbirds: The life stories of Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt – Bullhead City

March 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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Arizona Songbirds: The life stories of Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt These two Arizonans were blessed with beautiful and unforgettable singing voices and had more hits than the Arizona Diamondbacks. Songs like El Paso, Big Iron, Yellow Roses for Robbins and Different Drum, Blue Bayou and Skylark for Ronstadt. Marty was a little bit country and Linda was a little bit rock and roll. Both of them grew up in Arizona and put Arizona musical influences on our national cultural…

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February 2018

Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – Bullhead City

February 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s…

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May 2018

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  The Navajo Code Talkers – Bullhead City

May 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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February 2019

Arizona Outlaws and the Law (Bullhead City)

February 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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Taking the events from Billy the Kid, who killed his first man in Arizona, the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and the arrest and trial of Ernesto Miranda, this presentation will explore how these seminal events became watershed experiences for the American legal system, and still impact the lives of individuals living in the United States today. This presentation will explore the development of the legal system and law enforcement in the Southwest beginning with frontier justice and finishing with…

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September 2019

Tom Mix: King of the Cowboys

September 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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Cowboy movie star Tom Mix was internationally famous, and 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, debunking some of the Hollywood hype. What brought Mix travel that lonesome highway where he met his death south of Florence? Find out about his childhood, the early years in show business, his multiple marriages and divorces, his career path, his presence in Arizona  and…

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November 2019

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

November 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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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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January 2020

The Most Courageous Arizona Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of

January 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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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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February 2020

Arizona’s Great Escape

February 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mohave County Library Bullhead City, 1170 E. Hancock Dr
Bullhead City , AZ 86442
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During the night of Christmas Eve in 1944, twenty-five Nazi German prisoners of war escaped from Papago Park POW camp on the outskirts of Phoenix and headed towards Mexico. These men were hardcore Nazis, ex U-boat commanders, and submariners, who had successfully dug a nearly 200-foot underground tunnel that took four months to complete. Many people may have heard of this event, but few know the details. This presentation tells the story of what happened to these German POWs and…

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