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1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
(520) 594-5580 http://www.library.pima.gov/locations/ORO/

January 2015

Saving the Great American West:  The Story of George Bird Grinnell

January 29, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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 hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”  Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park.  Audiences will…

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December 2015

Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest

December 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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The American Southwest is world-renown for its colorful and spectacular landscapes like Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. But how did these wonders come to exist and what can ordinary rocks tell us about their ancient origins? You’ll be amazed to learn that the Southwest was once the site of warm, tropical beaches; shifting dunes in Sahara-like deserts; coastlines stalked by large dinosaurs; and rivers that once flowed towards the present-day site of the…

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January 2016

A Pictorial History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present

January 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, this program could fill a seven-volume history of Arizona. From the geological wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest to cutting-edge biotech industries and Native American art galleries, this whirlwind pictorial history tour of Arizona from prehistory to the present shows it all. In addition to beautiful landscape photography and historic site images, this engaging program addresses Arizona‘s cultural diversity, mining, and the history of water use. Before retiring from…

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March 2016

Pens & Paintbrushes: The Legacies of Early Arizona Women in the Arts

March 31, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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This PowerPoint program explores the lives of 5 artists whose talents personify the beauty of the early western frontier. Hopi potter Nampeyo shaped clay vessels with an intricacy seldom duplicated today. Writer Sharlot Hall described images of Arizona’s past and preserved our history. Author Martha Summerhayes wrote of her adventures following her husband from one Arizona army post to another. Kate Cory’s abundant portfolio of paintings & photos illustrates an intense cultural sensitivity to Hopi rituals & ceremonies. Architect Mary…

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April 2016

Swing Into History

April 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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September 2016

The Beatles “From Liverpool to Abbey Road”

September 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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October 2016

The Mighty Colorado River: From its Sources to the Sea

October 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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January 2017

Swing Into History

January 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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Arizona Kicks on Route 66

January 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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August 2017

FRANK Talks: Colorblindness and equality – Oro Valley

August 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths? Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Educational Foundations Most of us are raised to value colorblindness and equality. Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to symbolize objectivity; Dr. King’s legacy to judge each other by our character rather than skin color is a well-known mantra; and we regularly pledge our allegiance to equality for all. We are taught that these American values are what sets us apart from other nations. Does…

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October 2017

The Beatles Next: The Solo Years – Tucson

October 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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The lecture will focus on the highlights of the solo post-Beatles careers of John, Paul, George and Ringo. We will explore the aftermath of The Beatles legacy and how they established themselves as solo artists. Our journey will also discuss their musical collaborations with each other on many of their solo projects. This lecture will be enhanced by visual backgrounds and short audio clips. Vincent Bruno is a rock historian with a focus on The Beatles and the Sixties. Mr.…

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January 2018

Along the California Trail – Oro Valley

January 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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An ancient set of Indian paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major artery for travel through pioneer Arizona. The Gila provided a route for the earliest traders, including Toltecs of Mexico, who traded with the Anasazi and Hohokam. The intrepid Padre Francisco Garces, performed missionary work during six excursions along the trail. U.S. surveying expeditions, immigrants—such as the ill-fated Oatman family—and seekers of the California gold fields join the list. The journals, stories, songs and…

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March 2018

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Tucson

March 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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FRANK Talks: Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? – Oro Valley

March 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? Julian Kunnie, University of Arizona, Religious Studies/Classics/Africana Studies/Indigenous/Globalization Studies Technological innovations in the early 21st century have promoted the development of genetically modified seeds and foods, as a potential solution to the crisis of world hunger.   Eighty percent of the corn, soy, and cotton cultivated in the U.S. today, is genetically modified. Is GMO seed and food production the best solution to address hunger and food shortages? What are the…

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May 2018

African American Art, Fort Huachuca, and World War II – Oro Valley

May 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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Fort Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, is the surprising site of a remarkable story of African American art during World War II. Central to the chronicle is Arizona painter Lew Davis. The base was home to two black divisions, and Davis painted murals for the two segregated officers’ clubs. For the black officers’ club, Davis produced something stunningly original: The Negro in America’s Wars, which represented African American participation in the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World…

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September 2018

Asia’s Unique Culture:  A Visual Trip Across A Mystical Continent – Tucson

September 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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From bustling Hong Kong, to the opulent Grand Palace of Bangkok, to the world’s tallest building in Dubai, to the slums of Mumbai, this highly visual presentation will explore the culture, cuisine, and customs of this fascinating and rapidly changing region.  Dan Fellner, an experienced travel writer and Fulbright Fellow in Asia, will share his experiences and in-depth observations from his extensive travels to such diverse countries as Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.  The presentation will both inform…

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November 2018

Landscapes of Migration in the Arizona-Sonora Borderland – Tucson

November 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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The dividing line of the U.S.-Mexico border may be the most significant feature of the Arizona-Sonora borderland today, but the region is also at the center of major north-south corridors of human migration. In this talk, Scott warren offers an in-depth look at historical and contemporary patterns of south-north migration through this region, from ancient Hohokam trade routes, to Spanish colonizers, to contemporary migrants—both documented and undocumented. While in some cases migration routes and patterns have changed over time, in…

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January 2019

The Sixties:  The British Invasion – Tucson

January 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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This session will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 1960s, which captivated a generation whose influence endures five decades later.  From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic), we will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era.  Our journey will also include aspects of popular…

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February 2019

On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways Magazine (Oro Valley)

February 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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March 2019

Vintage Arizona: The Growth, Death, and Rebirth of a Local Wine Industry (Oro Valley)

March 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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Arizona’s wine industry is booming. Starting from almost nothing in the 1970s, there are now over 50 wineries across the state and more starting every year.  Despite the youth of the current industry, there is a long history of wine-making in Arizona dating back some 200 years. Using numerous illustrations, this presentation traces the fascinating - and often amusing - story of Arizona wine from the Spanish Colonial period to the present.  Topics include pioneering efforts using wild grapes, Mesa’s…

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December 2019

Theodore Roosevelt Slept Here

December 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 United States
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Theodore Roosevelt exhibited a greater influence on Arizona than perhaps any other president. He was the first sitting president to visit Arizona, employed an executive order to preserve the Grand Canyon, established a variety of wildlife refuges and reclamation projects, and enjoyed outdoor recreation in the area. This program will share Roosevelt’s widespread influence in Arizona, and also explore some stories of dubious accuracy that inevitably sprout from such a larger-than-life character. Kevin Schindler is an award-winning educator and writer…

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March 2020

The Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 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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