Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner
McFarland State Historic Park
Thursday, January 12, 2023 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
From Douglas Fairbanks filming in Nogales in 1917 to “How the West Was Won” statewide in 1963, the state of Arizona has always been a photogenic favorite for movie producers. 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.
December 17, 2022
How the Judge's Brother Got Away With Murder
Join us for another event in the Ernest Talks series! Dr. Hietter, professor of history at Mesa Community College, will discuss the case and the way the behavior of those involved reflected Victorian-era attitudes about gender roles and behavior.
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.