A History of the Grand Canyon State with Jim Turner
McFarland State Historic Park
October 6, 2022 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Discover Arizona’s diverse cultures, colorful characters, and unsung heroes at Arizona: A History of the Grand Canyon State. The event is free to the public.
Join historian Jim Turner for a glimpse into Arizona’s past including Conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s 1540 expedition, Native American conflicts, mining, ranching, farming, ranching, movie-making and tourism, and biographies ranging from Father Eusebio Kino to Sandra Day O’Connor.
Turner also shares stories of the unusual characters and heroes of Arizona such as Hi Jolly, the Greco-Syrian camel driver, The Baron of Arizona, Nellie Cashman, the
“Miner’s Angel,” and the Navajo Code Talkers. The event is part of Ernest Talks, the new thought-provoking speaker series at McFarland State Historic Park on subjects relevant to Florence and surrounding Pinal County. The program is being co-hosted by Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and the state park.
October 8, 2022
Happy Birthday, Mac!
Stop by McFarland Historic State Park to celebrate Florence’s most famous resident, Ernest “Mac” McFarland! Join docent Susan Jackman to hear little known stories about the state’s most unusual park, and how McFarland rose from a Pinal County farmer and teacher to the ranks of US Senator, US Senate Majority Leader, Arizona Governor and much more.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Specters of the Past – Ghost Towns That Built Arizona with Jay Mark
In addition to an entertaining, visual display of the communities, towns and settlements that contributed to the early growth of the state, this presentation also focuses on respect for these diminishing historic resources.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Miners, Cowboys and Washerwomen: The Worksongs of Arizona with Dr. Jay Cravath
In a narrative and musical portrait of working-class music, Dr. Craváth explores its roots and rhythms in our state. From Hopi basket songs, the Yavapai acorn gathering songs, to the cotton fields of Chandler and the crooked streets of Jerome, songs were companions to the immigrants who explored and built our state.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner
The program looks from “Real to Reel” to see how Hollywood has affected popular views of Western settlement and continues to impact social interactions. The show runs the gamut from Tom Mix to Val Kilmer with information about the plots, players, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Tom Mix, Jean Harlow, John Wayne, and Elvis in this history of Arizona-filmed movies from silents to Cinemascope.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero
Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000-year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere
Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel of Tucson.”
Thursday, April 20, 2023
The Evolution of an Icon–The History of Arizona Highways Magazine with Win Holden
In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world.