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Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus

601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
928-821-3914 http://www.yc.edu/v5content/campuses-and-sites/verde-valley/

March 2015

The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

March 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 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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November 2015

Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Salt Mining in Arizona

November 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with the deity Salt Woman. This presentation focuses on the prehistory of a famous salt mine in what is now known as Camp Verde.  In the 1920s, miners discovered prehistoric salt-mining tools deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit.  These were the mining tools of the prehistoric Sinagua culture.  Numerous photographs of these…

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February 2016

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

February 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 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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April 2016

Adventurous Spirits: Arizona’s Women Artists, 1900-1950

April 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Before WWII, the resident art community of Arizona was comprised mostly of women, and this talk explores these independent spirits. Kate Cory, one of the first to arrive in 1905, chronicled the Hopi mesas. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s the first resident artist. Lillian Wilhelm Smith came to the state to illustrate the works of Zane Grey. Impressionist Jessie Benton Evans’s Scottsdale villa became a social center for local artists. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Harold founded the Museum of…

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July 2016

A Pictorial History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present

July 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 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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October 2016

Annie Neal the Black Cherokee Princess: Host to Royalty, the Rich, Buffalo Bill, and a Mighty Sharp Shooter

October 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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In 1896 in a tiny Arizona town, Annie Box Neal presided over her luxury hotel and her elite guests from Europe, Asia, and America. It was a list that included Italian Countesses, Russian Princes, Ambassadors, and the wealthy. Annie treated them all the same and gave them a good taste of western hospitality. In some ways her guests left their mark on this frontier village. Some helped build a town,  Buffalo Bill went gold hunting, and most just enjoyed the…

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February 2017

Arizona’s War Town: Flagstaff Navajo Ordnance Depot, and World War II – Clarkdale

February 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Just weeks after Pearl Harbor, the War Department announced the construction of a massive ammunition depot ten miles west of Flagstaff at Bellemont on U.S. Highway 66. Flagstaff’s population exploded from five to twenty thousand. The Army rushed the $17 million project to completion in a spasm of boomtown upheaval. Several thousand Navajo and Hopi construction workers stayed on to run the struggling new depot, the key storage facility for the Port of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Navy halted plummeting…

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April 2017

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery – Clarkdale

April 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Father Kino is one of two Arizonans recognized in the U. S. Capitol Hall of Heroes. The Padre was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, map maker, explorer, rancher, and friend to the Indians of the Pimería Alta. Journeying on horseback or foot, multiple explorations of the Pimería Alta were made by the padre, resulting in the first detailed map of the area. He proved Baja California was not an island. He traveled trails mostly unknown to outsiders through inhabited territory of…

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July 2017

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona – Clarkdale

July 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 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 talk, Gregory McNamee, who often writes about film and western history alike for such publications as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The Hollywood Reporter, looks…

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February 2018

Dauntless Courage and Boundless Ambition: The Life of Buckey O’Neill – Clarkdale

February 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Buckey O’Neill was one of Arizona’s legendary pioneers, even author William MacLeod Raine called him “the most many-sided man Arizona has produced”. Before dying in Cuba while serving as one of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, O’Neill made his mark in Arizona as a newspaper editor, sheriff, mayor, and prospector, among other professions. Whether chasing train robbers across the Arizona’s frontier, promoting the Grand Canyon as a tourist destination, or reforming education practices while serving as school superintendent, he lived with…

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April 2018

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona – Clarkdale

April 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 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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February 2019

Celebrities, Artists…and Good Places to Drink (Clarkdale)

February 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Arizona has always been a geographical muse for writers, artists and composers, as well as a getaway for the rich and famous.  In this talk, learn about some of the people who have had adventures, weddings and unusual experiences here, while also learning about some of the places they lifted a glass, and why you might want to follow their example. During 35 years in newspaper, magazine and broadcasting, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger discovered that “journalism is history on the fly,”…

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April 2019

River of Dreams: Stories and Music of Arizona’s Waterways (Clarkdale)

April 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Arizona’s rivers were first, lush green ribbons of life through a desert landscape. They became sustaining paths, first for the indigenous, later for immigrants leaving wagon tracks. On the Salt River, Hohokam built vast canals to direct water for irrigation. The first citizens of Phoenix used these same trenches. The Mohave tribes ruled the Colorado—that great western Nile, then gave way to the paddleboats of European explorers. The Gila provided sustenance for the Pima and passage for such brave adventurers…

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February 2020

For the Love of Turquoise

February 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and…

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March 2020

Honky Tonks, Brothels, and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona

March 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yavapai College, Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive
Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income, and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities, evolved orchestras, opera and glee clubs—all in hamlets like Tombstone. Dr. Craváth shares stories and music of a time when performing live was the only…

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