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405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
928-284-1603 http://www.sedonawinds.com

May 2014

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

May 7, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 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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July 2014

The Instruments and Music of Arizona’s Pioneers: A Time Capsule Opened

July 21, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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The story of our state is not complete without music. This interactive program will focus on the various genres of music that reflect the milieu and personalities of Arizona’s diverse immigrants. Using musical instruments and stories, audience members will be presented an artistic tableau of our past: heroes, villains, and the immigrants who passed through and settled in Arizona. From the skilled hands of Craváth, the audience will be treated to sounds that once came from town squares, hogans, and…

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September 2014

With a Beefsteak and a Cup of Coffee: The Harvey Girls in the Southwest

September 15, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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The Fred Harvey company operated its exceptional chain of restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railway from 1876 through the 1960s. Among its many innovations was the employment of “Harvey Girl” waitresses: single women who chose to leave their families and adhere to strict lifestyle restrictions for the opportunity to work at respectable jobs. This visual presentation explores the creation of the Harvey Girls, their life and work at the Harvey Houses in the Southwest, their influence on the…

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January 2015

An Immigrant’s Struggles: The Diary of Mary “Mim” Walsh

January 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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This illustrated presentation will introduce audiences to the lively voice of diarist Mary “Mim” Walsh.  Her 50-year-long journal reveals her heartfelt experiences as an Irish immigrant to Arizona. Her writings record her negotiations of several challenges, from invitations to “perform” as Irish characters at social events to the desire to become a successful fiction writer in the face of rejection.  And, Mim’s diary account of a longed-for trip back home – written at age 70 – reveals the complexities of…

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February 2015

Swing into History: Popular Music of the Big Band Era

February 16, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and the older generations, 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 that America listened and danced to for more than three decades.  Learn how iconic artists like Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald first got their start, along with fellow vocalists, composers, and musicians.  And, enjoy the real thing, as Larson plays…

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March 2015

The History of the River Runners of the Grand Canyon

March 23, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Through this visually rich presentation, Weber carries his listeners along a historical timeline. Beginning with a Hopi legend, he takes his audience through the years of human history in the Grand Canyon, culminating in the river runners of today.  Weber recounts the fascinating experiences of those who have been drawn to the wonders of the Colorado River.  Featuring tales of the Powell expedition, the ingenuity of the Kolb brothers, and the mystery of the Hydes disappearance, Weber uncovers the centuries…

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April 2015

Business Not as Usual: Arizona’s Early Women Entrepreneurs

April 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Women have always been in business of one type or another. Meet five of Arizona’s early female entrepreneurs. Prospector Nellie Cashman established restaurants in towns across the territory. Sarah Bowman, a shrewd businesswoman with a tarnished reputation, operated dining establishments for the soldiers of Fort Yuma. Trading post owner Louisa Wetherill replicated intricate Navajo sand paintings, preserved Navajo stories, and maintained vast collections of Native herbs and plants. African American Elizabeth Smith successfully built and ran Wickenburg’s Vernetta Hotel and…

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May 2015

Winslow’s La Posada: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Harvey Grand Hotel

May 4, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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The Fred Harvey and Santa Fe Railway companies vigorously promoted tourism to the Southwest through Harvey's grand hotels along the Santa Fe line. Winslow’s proximity to natural and cultural sites made it an ideal tourism destination, and so La Posada opened there in 1930. After the hotel closed in 1957, the building served as Santa Fe offices while local volunteers secured a National Register listing and grant funds to save it. A group of friends from southern California completed the…

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June 2015

Desert Trader: Goldie Tracy Richmond, Trader, Trapper, and Quiltmaker

June 17, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Goldie Tracy Richmond came to southwestern Arizona in 1927 where she lived in a canvas lean-to. To survive, Goldie mined, ran traplines, and operated Tracy’s Trading Post, living among the Tohono O’odham people for four decades. She was a large woman, and the stories told by the O’odham people of Goldie’s life are legendary. Goldie also made magnificent quilts with images of the desert landscape and Indian life; one was named one of the 100 most significant quilts of the…

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July 2015

Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces: The Lives of Men on the Arizona Frontier

July 15, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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A saga of incredible action with gun battles, deadly weather, outlaws, and evasive fortunes, this lively presentation shares the stories of the pioneer men who first rode into the Arizona Territory when the law of the land was a gun. Some found success, some found poverty, and some found an early death. Hear the true-life stories of these Arizona characters including outlaw John Ringo, tough Pete Kitchen, Rough Rider Bucky O’Neill, and Henry Wickenburg, the man who found a rich…

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August 2015

G. W. French (1820-1891)

August 24, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Charles G. W. French, born 1820 in a small southeastern Massachusetts town, heeded the advice, "Go West, young man." Armed with letters of introduction from Daniel Webster and Benjamin R. Curtis, French arrived in California in 1851. Achieving recognition as a lawyer and legislator in Sacramento, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona Territory by President Grant in 1876 and served in that post until 1884. This presentation explores four intertwined aspects of French’s life: his…

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September 2015

The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

September 9, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join McNamee in…

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December 2015

Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices

December 9, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive and thrive has been tied to environmental conditions.  The skill to predict the climatic change of the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions.  Seasonal calendars thus became the foundation of early cultures: hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating were activities dictated by specific times of the year.  All of these activities have fostered the identity and strength of cultures. Kenneth Zoll is…

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January 2016

The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, The Father of Glacier National Park

January 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 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 hidehunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.” Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park. Audiences will…

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February 2016

African American Pioneers of Arizona

February 10, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Featuring compelling documentaries based on interviews, this presentation shares stories about prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona.  Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode, and Carol Coles Henry.  Each individual’s life is contextualized using prominent events that have taken place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state is discussed. Akua Duku…

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March 2016

“Killer Bees”: What They Tell Us About Who We Are

March 9, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sedona Winds Retirement Center, 405 Jacks Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86351 United States
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Arizona is the only state in the Union that has been documented as having Africanized bees in every single county. The story of Africanized bees in Arizona is very much a story about the Southwest, and its distinct differences from the rest of the United States. The bees show us that we are living and have lived for a  very long time in a complex zone of "mestizaje," where  cultural and biological differences originating in several different continents (especially the…

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