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Mohave Museum of History and Arts

400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
928-715-0288 http://www.mohavemuseum.org/

August 2014

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

August 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 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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November 2014

“Dear Emma” with Todd Weber

November 15, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Surrounded by cargo, Weber presents as John Wesley Powell writing a letter to his wife, Emma, the night before embarking on his 1869 journey of exploration into the "Great Unknown." Preparing to face the perils and the mysteries of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, he contemplates what may lie ahead, the colorful crewmembers accompanying him, and his thoughts of when he will see his wife again. This presentation puts the listener into the mind of a man who…

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January 2015

The Ballad of Arizona: Our First 100 Years

January 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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This engaging program, similar to a “Prairie Home Companion” but with an Arizona twist, uses live music, storytelling, video, and other visual aides to highlight stories of Arizona’s first century. Jay Craváth and Dan Shilling form the nucleus of the program, relating vignettes through song and story, such as the murder of reporter Don Bolles, the Buffalo Soldiers, Aldo Leopold in the Southwest, and other famous and lesser-known chapters of the Arizona narrative.   Jay Craváth is a composer, musician,…

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March 2015

There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Early Women in Arizona Law Enforcement

March 21, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Arizona has a tremendous record of electing women to office, but there is one position that has been dominated by men – that of sheriff. Was the West just too wild for female sheriffs? Learn how early women got involved in policing the state and find out about the early female pioneers in this field, like Jewel Jordan, Maricopa County’s first female sheriff. We’ll also discuss the life of Lucretia Roberts, whose career as an elected law enforcement official was…

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January 2016

Arizona’s Territorial Historian, Poet, and Activist Sharlot Hall

January 9, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Sharlot Mabridth Hall was an unusual woman for her time: a largely self-educated but highly literate child of the frontier. Born October 27,1870, she traveled with her family from Kansas to the Arizona Territory in 1882. Her impressions of this journey remained with her all of her life. She loved ideas and the written arts and expressed her fascination with Arizona frontier life through prose and poetry. She was the Arizona Territories first female historian. Her diligent efforts inspired others…

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March 2016

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts

March 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts traces the history of Arizona through women who recorded pieces of their lives in their needlework.  The colorful patterns of women’s quilts added a spot of brightness to their homes and their lives. They also celebrated and recorded special events with their quilts. Beginning with Mexican women of the 1860s, through Hopi women of the 1990s, this lecture introduces some of the women who pioneered Arizona through the quilts they…

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April 2016

The Mighty Colorado River: From its Sources to the Sea

April 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Jim Turner has traced the Green and Colorado rivers from their beginnings as clear bubbling glacial springs high in the mountains, then through roaring canyons in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, and finally to the salt flats in Mexico. Stunning photographs tell the story of the rivers’ two thousand miles of scenic wonders, geography, wildlife, history, recreation, politics, and local culture. Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Jim Turner worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the…

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September 2016

The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound Documentary Film Screening

September 24, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Join Us for the Harvey Girls Documentary, New Interviews and Discussion Program at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, September 24, 1:30 PM. Remember the Harvey Girls? They were the more than 100,000 young women who, from the 1880s through the 1960s, left their homes and traveled west to work as waitresses in Harvey House restaurants along the Santa Fe railroad—including in Arizona. The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, a documentary film and new oral histories will be shown in conjunction…

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October 2016

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

October 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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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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January 2017

Signs of the Times: Arizona’s Golden Age of Neon & Signs

January 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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The rise of car travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s meant that thousands of people were traversing the broad expanses of the Southwest looking for new landscapes and adventure. As the cars sped past, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations needed large, bright signs to make an impression. This informative and entertaining visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon signs, and references the designers whose signs became iconic images that defined the West…

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March 2017

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

March 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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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 map. Robbins was an early lover of NASCAR and helped to…

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October 2017

Women on the Mother Road in Arizona: Route 66 – Kingman

October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Screening and Discussion of Oral Histories and Documentary Film Called the “Mother Road” by author John Steinbeck, U.S. Route 66 stretches some 2,400 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago, symbolic of the mobility available to Americans, and an iconic highway for many travelers. Yet much of the historical perspective of the highway that passes through Arizona has primarily focused on men, often overlooking the experiences of women and girls. Please join us for a screening and conversation with project director…

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On the Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine – Kingman

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 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 2018

Hi Jolly and Mystery of the US Army Camel Corps – Kingman

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 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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March 2018

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Kingman

March 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. She shares some of the secrets prissy folks would rather forget. You will learn why this small state has had…

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October 2018

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

October 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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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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January 2019

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art – Kingman

January 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 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. Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since…

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February 2019

Arizona Goes to the Moon (Kingman)

February 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 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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October 2019

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

October 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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When America entered the Second World War, Arizona's sparse population and mild weather made it an ideal location for training facilities and prisoner of war camps.  By war's end, Arizona had trained more pilots than any other state, hosted the country's largest POW camp, and was part of the largest military training grounds in history.  This presentation tells Arizona's war-time role by focusing on the stories of those WWII sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the…

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January 2020

For the Love of Turquoise

January 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and…

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February 2020

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401 United States
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During World War II over one thousand women served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), freeing male pilots for combat roles at a critical time during the war. The WASP ferried planes from factories to embarkation points; performed engineer test flying of repaired aircraft and did target towing for gunnery training. By the spring of 1944, every P-51 Mustang flown in combat had already been flown by a WASP. This presentation shares their stories as fliers, patriots, and women who…

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