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Hellraising, Heroic and Hidden Women of the Old West – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

Although history tries to tell us ONLY men settled the Old West, that is shattered by Jana’s verbal tour through some of the amazing women who made all the difference. Any woman who came West in the 1800s had to be full of grit and spit to survive and Jana has collected the stories of... Read More

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“On the Road Again”: Don’t Forget the Small Towns! – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

As the mode of transportation changed from wagons to trains to the affordable automobile and roads were built across the country, families began a process of “leisure travel” that the automobile could provide. The “new tourist” was no longer restricted by a train’s timetable or its set route. The wide open spaces and the off-the-beaten... Read More

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FRANK Talks: Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Protecting its people is among the first priorities of any government. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights provides protections of the people from the government. How should the U.S. Constitution’s checks and balances operate... Read More

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FRANK Talks: Racial Literacy and Social Media – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

Is This Racist? Racial Literacy and Social Media Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation Many parents and educators avoid conversations about race and racism with their children and students, yet young people are regularly exposed to images, stories, videos and statements that reflect racial societal attitudes. This exposure often comes through... Read More

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Arizona Kicks on Route 66

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

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... Read More

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Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, with the arrival of Anglo missionaries and government officials, quilting was introduced to the Hopi people and it quickly became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremony with quilts being used in every Hopi household. Hopis today are 4th... Read More

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Lee Wee Kwon, Chinese Grocer in Tucson, 1917-1965 – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

Lee Wee Kwon, Chinese Grocer in Tucson, 1917-1965 The Chinese had once dominated Tucson’s grocery business. Lee Wee Kwon was among the successful Chinese grocers whose business relied on the patronage of a Hispanic clientele. Lee entered the US as a refugee from Mexican Revolution. Before he came to Tucson, he had lived and worked... Read More

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Smitten By Stone: How We Came to Love the Grand Canyon – Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

In spite of being one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” humans have not always seen the Grand Canyon in a positive light. First seen by Europeans in the year 1540, the canyon was not comprehended easily. Throughout the entire exploratory era, lasting nearly 320 years, conquistadores, explorers, trappers and miners viewed the... Read More

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Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

What is Día de los Muertos? Where did it come from, what are its roots? How do we celebrate it here in the U.S.? Día los Muertos or Days of the Dead is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico, Latin America, and Southwestern U.S. To understand Día de los Muertos one has to... Read More

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Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ, United States

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... Read More

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