Our popular Winter Lecture series begins January 10, 2023! All lectures are in person. 

Location: 1177 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Dates: Tuesdays, January 10th – February 21st, 2023
Time: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

Upcoming Lectures:

January 31, 2023
Jerome – Too Stubborn to Die: How the Town Survived Numerous “Near-Death” Experiences
Presented by Jay Mark

Numerous fires, landslides, floods, labor strikes, polluted air, epidemics, Depression, recessions, financial collapse, one adversity after another. Any one of these might spell the end of a lesser community. But, in Arizona, one town survived these “near-death” experiences, and more; yet managed to survive. Some might even say, “thrive.” This presentation looks at the numerous disasters, tragedies and setbacks Jerome faced in its first ¾ century, and still come out on top.

February 7, 2023
Metalsmith Matriarchs: Makers, Memory, and Reciprocity
Presented by Nanibaa Beck

Nanibaa Beck addresses the ways Native women metalsmiths integrate indigenous knowledge, practice and tradition into their craft. She focuses on four to five metal smiths with a rotation in place, person, and style. This presentation and Nanibaa’s work demonstrate the connection of Native artists to Arizona and beyond as a place and identity.

February 14, 2023
Flying Through Arizona: The Story of the First National Women’s Air Race
Presented by Natalie J. Stewart-Smith

In 1929, the first national women’s air race from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH passed through Arizona. Stopping in Yuma, Phoenix, and Douglas, the intrepid fliers solidified their determination and sisterhood along these Arizona waypoints. Who were these aviators? What were their planes like in 1929? What challenges did they encounter along the way? And what about that telegram sent to pilot Thea Rasche, “Beware of sabotage”? There is much to explore!

February 21, 2023
Birds of the Sonoran Desert
Presented by Vera Walters

Did you know that Arizona has more species of hummingbirds and owls than any other state? Do you know the birds that visit your yard? This learning experience will have you eager to grab a pair of binoculars and become a “birder” yourself.

Previous Lectures

January 10, 2023
Museums of Arizona
Presented by Vera Walters

Arizona is full of museums, from the world-renowned Musical Instrument Museum to tiny roadside stops. Join Vera Walters as she shares information and history about Arizona’s famous, and obscure, attractions.

January 17, 2023
Assembling the Southwest: The History and Geography of a Region
Presented by Scott Warren

How did the Southwest and its cultural and natural icons become so distinctive in our collective imagination? In this richly illustrated presentation we will explore the historical processes that made the Southwest into both a geopolitical reality and a distinctive region in our imagination. With an understanding of how the Southwest was assembled, we can perhaps better relate to our neighbors, to the land, and to our own position in this special place.

January 24, 2023
Arizona’s Vintage Signs: Lighting the Future
Presented by Marshall Shore

With the rise of Arizona and automobile travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations needed large, bright signs to make an impression. This informative and entertaining visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon signs, and references the designers whose signs became iconic.