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Sun Valley Lodge

12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
(623) 933-0137

March 2014

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwest Indian Rock Art with Allen Dart

March 13, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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March 2015

Telling It like It Was: Interviews with Arizona Pioneer Women

March 5, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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During the Depression, the Federal Writers Project conducted interviews with over 144 women who arrived in the Arizona Territory between 1850 and 1890. The women spoke of their long and dangerous journeys and with their words paint pictures of the hardships and life-threatening situations of their frontier existence. Through hard work, dedication, tenacity, and humor, they conquered and helped make a state. In their own words, hear Arizona’s original pioneer women’s stories, including those of the Udalls, Flakes, Kartchners, and…

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Arizona Tourism from Stagecoaches to Kayaks

March 12, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Ever since the Grand Canyon became grand, tourists have been flocking to Arizona to see the sights and experience the unique landscape and indigenous cultures. This presentation covers the whole state over more than a century. From 1880s Grand Canyon stagecoach and mule rides, the Fred Harvey railroad era (Harvey Girls and Indian Detours), auto camping on Route 66 in the 1920s, Tombstone’s Helldorado Days, dude ranches, post-World War II getting your kicks on Route 66, all the way to…

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Exploring the Depths: A 3D 1940 Hike into the Grand Canyon

March 19, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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In 1940, photographer Clyde A. McCoy hiked down the South Kaibab trail at Grand Canyon National Park making color, stereo photographs as part of a nationwide project. Two years later he was murdered in a Detroit robbery. In 1996, Dr. Amundson purchased McCoy’s photograph collection and has been researching McCoy’s story ever since. This presentation includes a brief biography of McCoy, an overview of Amundson’s detective-like historical research, and a visual recreation (in glorious 3D!) of McCoy’s hike using scanned…

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Arizona’s Movie and Television History: Silent Films, Westerns, and Much, Much More!

March 26, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Join DeBarbieri for a lively overview of motion picture history in Arizona from 1896 to present day. Discuss the silver screen magic of the West through stories, film clips and stills of the people, places and scenes of Hollywood in Arizona. Journey to significant sites in Arizona’s movie history near and far and go behind the scenes with classic Westerns, musicals, Indie flicks and more, all filmed on location across the state. Then, put your Arizona film knowledge to the test in a movie trivia contest!   Lili DeBarbieri is…

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March 2016

The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise

March 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Tom Jeffords grew up in Ashtabula, OH, without much education and was promoted to lake captain in his early twenties. The lure of making his fortune called Tom west to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the San Juan Rush and to the Colorado River. He scouted and was dispatch rider for the Army during the Civil War and was present at its bloodiest battle. After the war, he prospected, scouted and helped start Tucson’s mail service. Along the way, he…

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When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy

March 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts --  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears -- generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story…

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

March 24, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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From the Federal Writers' Project, interviews with pioneer men who first rode into the Arizona Territory when the law of the land was a gun. A saga of incredible action of gun battles, deadly weather, Indian attacks, outlaws, and evasive fortunes. Some found success, some found poverty, and some found an early grave. These are the true-life stories of Arizona characters including outlaw John Ringo, lawman Commodore Perry Owens, tough Pete Kitchen, and miner Henry Wickenburg, the man who found…

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Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout

March 31, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun Valley Lodge, 12415 N. 103rd Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Mike Burns lived a long life in two worlds. Born in about 1862 into the Kwevkepaya (Yavapai) people, he was taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers after his family was massacred at a place called Skeleton Cave. He lived for years as something between a captive and a servant until joining the Indian Scouts, riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars. Gregory McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living…

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