Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero
McFarland State Historic Park
Thursday, February 23, 2023 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his families’ story of finding an oasis in the desert given to them by God and their determination to tame the mighty Salt River. Our story culminates when an endearing elderly woman shares the hope that there still is to protect our water resources and to right the wrongs committed against the land and its River People.
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, 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, 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.