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JUNE 2017

FREE Youth Art Workshop: Plaster Petroglyphs
Saturday, June 3rd at 10AM
Recommended ages: 10 and older
Limited class size - Call for reservations (928)778-1385
Learn about the rich artistic traditions of the Hohokom people and these unique Southwestern artifacts, then create your own petroglyph image using materials provided by the museum in this docent-guided activity. (Note, this class entails the use of sharpened instruments).

Underground Prescott with Patricia Ireland-Williams & Bobbi Jane Tucker
Saturday, June 17th at 1PM
Back again by popular demand. Come take a historical look at the hidden spaces under Arizona's first territorial capitol, Prescott, Arizona. There are many stories about life underground, including tales about passageways, tunnels, catacombs, opium dens, gambling halls, brothels and prohibition. Underground Prescott shares this fascinating history and includes photos of areas below downtown Prescott that are no longer accessible to the public.

JULY 2017

Arizona's Historic Trading Posts with Carol O'Bagy-Davis
Saturday, July 15th at 1PM
Early traders traveled through Arizona Territory, selling goods from their wagons, but they soon built stores that evolved into trading and social centers where wool, sheep, and Native Arts were exchanged for food and necessities. Navajo trading posts are best known, but trading posts existed on every reservation in Arizona. Traders became the intermediaries between Native peoples and the outside world, providing not only hard goods, but other services including translating, correspondence, and transportation. Trading posts also became destinations for artists, authors, and tourists. And while they have mostly disappeared today, they remain a romantic and historic part of the Southwest.

Southwestern Rock Calendars & Ancient Time Pieces with Allen Dart Saturday, July 22nd at 1PM
Centuries before Old World peoples first entered the region, Native Americans in the Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons. In this presentation, Allen Dart discusses the petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, the architecture of the Great House at Arizona's Casa Grande Ruins, and other archaeological evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning; and interprest how these discoveries may have related to ancient Native American rituals.


Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona with Gregory McNamee
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 5:30PM
Cost $30 (Members $25)
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 Encyclopedia Britannica and The Hollywood Reporter, looks at the Duke's long career in Arizona.
Reservations Required - (928)778-1385

Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine with Jody Drake
Saturday, August 19th at 1PM
Once your family arrived in the west, most often there wasn't a doctor within miles. The medical care of the family landed in the hands of the other family members. Luckily, however, it was soon learned that the region's plant life held many secrets for someone who was ill. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, pine needles are rich in vitamin C, a spider web will close up a cut, and so many other remedies. In this presentation Jody Drake utilizes a frontier medical bag to take an in depth look at illness in Arizona and how it was treated in late 1800's.


Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 5:30PM
Cost: $25 per person (children 8 and under are FREE)
Reservations reguired - (928)778-1385


Wicked Prescott with Parker Anderson
Saturday, October 21st at 1PM
Swindlers, confidencemen and outlaws - the mountain shadows and Ponderosa pines surrounding Prescott conceal their grim histories and crooked ways. The small hamlet turned mining town became Arizona's first capital in 1864, and with wealth and power came every type of vice and crime. Local author Parker Anderson recounts these tales and more wicked misdeeds from early Prescott's wildest days. 


Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death with Elena Diaz Bjorkquist
Saturday, November 4th at 1PM
Dressed in a Mexican huipil, with her face painted in a traditional calavera (skull), Elena Diaz Bjorkquist answers questions regarding the history and roots of this Mexican holiday and how it's celebrated. Many Mexicans and Mexican Americans believe death isn't a subject to be feared or ignored by the living. And this platica (talk) traces the origins of the Mexican festival and describes traditional elements, including foods, folk crafts and altars.


*PLEASE NOTE: There is a 15% fee for cancellations up to 1 week before paid programming; no refunds are given after that time.
(All refunds will be dispersed by check.)