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15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
(520) 387-6075 http://www.library.pima.gov/locations/AJO/

January 2015

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

January 8, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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During the Second World War, Arizona’s open spaces, sparse population, and mild weather made it an ideal location for a wide range of military operations including combat training, POW camps, and flight training.  By war’s end, more pilots received their wings in Arizona than in any other state.  This presentation discusses the war’s impact on Arizona with a special focus on those sites that still have significant features, foundations, or remains from the war period.  Using both historic and contemporary…

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February 2015

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery

February 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Through his many diaries and letters it is obvious that Father Kino was more than a missionary who worked among the Native Americans. While his name is often associated with the San Xavier del Bac Mission, he was also a skilled mathematician and cartographer.   He made more than 40 expeditions during his life while living in what was called Pimería Alta.  His travels resulted in the first detailed map of the area and information on the people and cultures of…

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March 2015

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

March 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 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 presentation, McNamee looks at the Duke’s long career in Arizona and the memories he left behind.   Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer,…

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February 2016

Southwestern Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces

February 8, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Native Americans in the Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons, centuries before Old World peoples first entered the region. In this presentation Dart discusses the petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, the architecture of the "Great House" at Arizona's Casa Grande Ruins, and other archaeological evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning; and interpret how these discoveries may have related to ancient Native American rituals. Allen "Al" Dart, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, has worked and volunteered in…

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A Pictorial History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present

February 23, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 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

Arizona’s Unsolved Mysteries

March 15, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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We are intrigued by unsolved mysteries, because it would seem almost impossible for anyone to totally vanish from the face of the earth at any time. This is especially true in our day and age when a host of computer data tracks everyone; yet bodies do disappear with astonishing frequency. In some cases it may be presumed that people wished to disappear, but then why? Even more unsettling is the realization that certain people may have gotten away with the…

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January 2018

FRANK Talks: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace – Ajo

January 26, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Weaponized Narrative: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace Dr. Braden Allenby, Arizona State University, President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics Weaponized narrative is the latest term for information warfare, focusing specifically on the role of new media in shaping opinion. Weaponized narratives attack the shared beliefs and values of a person or society, and undercut culture and resiliency.  Instead of using actual bombs and bullets, adversaries use tactics such as deceptive information…

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February 2018

FRANK Talks: Immigrants and the American Dream – Ajo

February 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies The United States of America has long touted itself as the land of immigrants, and is demographically more diverse than at any time in our nation’s history. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate. How do domestic conditions, regional competition, geopolitics, and foreign policy affect immigration today? Who can become…

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October 2018

FRANK Talks: We The People: What does it mean to be a U.S. Citizen? – Ajo

October 5, 2018 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies  What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? Few discussions directly address the question or the difference between citizens and others in the United States. What is it that makes or allows citizens to be different from others? What can or should citizens be able to do that others cannot or should not be able to do? Join us for this FRANK Talk to explore the…

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FRANK Talks: Crime, Punishment, and Prisons in America – Ajo

October 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies The United States officially incarcerates more persons than any other nation on earth. Incarceration cost U.S. taxpayers more than $80 billion in 2016. Some states such as New York in the East and Washington in the West spend between $50,000 and $60,000 a year for each prisoner. What does that cost buy? What purposes does imprisonment serve or should it serve? Who should be imprisoned? For what?…

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November 2018

Life on the Lazy B as Lived by an American Cowboy and Rancher – Ajo

November 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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In 1880, Alan Day’s grandfather homesteaded the Lazy B ranch.  This dusty dry tract of land produced a Supreme Court Justice, a lauded Arizona state senator, and a career rancher, cowboy, and land conservationist. Alan explores the ranching and cowboying life from the chuck wagon years of his childhood, through his adult years of increasing bureaucracy, airplanes, computers and now even drones. At the heart of his stories lie adventures that most of us will never experience, as well as…

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In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes – Ajo

November 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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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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January 2019

Arizona Kicks on Route 66 – Ajo

January 17, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 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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FRANK Talk – Water in the Southwest: Where have we been, and where are we going? – Ajo

January 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society It has been said that, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” This is especially true of water politics in the American Southwest, a region defined by its lack of water. The massive 20th century federal investments into dam systems controlled the great rivers of the West, allowing cities like Phoenix to “bloom like a rose” and grow exponentially.…

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Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – Ajo

January 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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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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February 2019

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

February 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 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 WW2 sites in Arizona that still have significant remaining features from the…

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Empire to Las Cienegas NCA: Ranching and Historic Landscape Change (Ajo)

February 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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The Empire Ranch, built by Walter Vail and family, was one of the most financially successful and long-lived cattle enterprises in Arizona. For over 140 years, the owners of the Empire wisely managed its natural resources – soils, waters, and vegetation in the Cienega Valley. Today those grasslands are some of the richest and most stunningly beautiful in this state. This talk will present the story of how those ranchers survived flood, drought, and economic challenges and how the Bureau…

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FRANK Talk – Borders, Walls, and Immigration – Ajo

February 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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Scott Warren, Freelance Geographer Immigration is one of the most divisive issues facing our country and our state. Who comes in and out of the U.S., and how? Do current immigration laws effectively promote national security and economic prosperity, without compromising human and civil rights? In Arizona border security and immigration policies are more than media and political talking points. They shape our everyday lives, and the land and people that live here in complex ways. Join us for an…

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November 2019

Borders, Walls, and Immigration in Arizona

November 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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The Arizona-Mexico border is a line of separation and a place of coming together. This paradox shapes the borderland region and its people in fascinating and important ways. In this talk, Dr. Warren offers a historical and geographical overview of the formation of the Arizona- Mexico border and its evolution since the 1800s. The program discusses historical and contemporary efforts to demarcate the boundary through bi-national surveys, the construction of fences and walls, and policing. Warren will also offer a…

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January 2020

Theodore Roosevelt Slept Here

January 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 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

Barbed Wire, Windmills and Railroads: The Technology that Really Won the West

March 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W. Plaza St. #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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In Arizona and throughout the West, three innovations helped make farming and living possible: Windmills brought groundwater to the surface, barbed wire sectioned the vast landscape into parcels, and railroads moved men, women, families and materials from back east. In the old West, there were over 8 million windmills, a man caught cutting down a barbed wire fence was often found hanging from a rope, and railroads gave us time zones and the Blue Plate Special. Brave men and women…

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