Discover stories about Arizona history and culture in 2022
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Discover stories about Arizona history and culture at a series of virtual speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities in 2022.
Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present the following topics via Zoom:
January 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Western Pulp Fiction (Speaker: Steve Renzi)
From the 1920s to the 1950s, pulp fiction magazines sold for a dime and filled American newsstands. No one admitted that they liked them, but everyone read them. They were American pop culture at its best and worst with bright, bold, and energetic covers. Western magazines were the most popular, helping to create myths about the American West. Writers like Elmore Leonard, Jack London, and Louise L’Amour have written for pulp magazines, and several classic western movies have first appeared as pulp stories, including The Searchers, Red River and 3:10 to Yuma. . Pulp fiction magazines disappeared from newsstands in the 1950s.
March 9, 11 a.m. – noon
Why Arizona Dark Skies Matter (Speaker: Matthew Goodwin)
Flagstaff, Arizona, was the first community in the world to be designated International Dark Sky Place for its active efforts to reduce light pollution and protect the visibility of the night sky. There are now over 130 dark sky communities, places and parks around the world. Arizona alone has 17 dark sky locations, which is more than any other country in the world. This presentation will explore the importance of dark skies from a philosophical perspective, covering the connections that can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as beings. humans and our understanding of our place in the universe.
April 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Vintage Arizona Signs: Lighting the Future (Speaker: Marshall Shore)
Arizona has become a hotbed of preserving vintage signage and neon lights. With the rise of Arizona and auto travel in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of people traversed the vast expanses of highways and roads across the southwest. As cars speeded by, restaurants, motels, curiosity stores, and gas stations needed large, illuminated signs to make a good impression. This informative and entertaining visual presentation explores the social significance of the rise of commercial neon signs, refers to the designers whose signs have become iconic, and explains the ongoing efforts to save our signage history.
June 8, 11 a.m. – noon
Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Borders (Speaker: Jan Cleere)
Health care in early Arizona was barely reliable and often non-existent. Often the settlers were alone when tragedy struck, with women taking responsibility for the well-being of their families. Meet a handful of women who have marked the history of the territory through their medical expertise and spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of herbal remedies has earned her the title “Angel of Tucson”. Florence Yount is recognized as Prescott’s first female physician, while Teresita Urrea was sometimes celebrated for her practical healing powers. Saint Katharine Drexel invested much of her vast fortune in the education of Navajo children. The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet crossed the scorching desert enduring untold hardships before arriving safely in the territory to take care of the health and well-being of the children of the desert.
October 11 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bisbee: The Alchemical City of Copper Borderlands (Speaker: Virgil Hancock)
This presentation covers 150 years of Bisbee history. It includes a historical dive into the copper border regions, as well as contemporary photographs of the Grand Bisbee. The presentation will use the concept of alchemy to focus on the transformation of a former mining camp in the Mule Mountains of southern Arizona into the town of Bisbee. The alchemy also provides an excellent metaphor for the city’s continued transformation from a half-owned copper mining town to a contemporary, vibrant, democratic, small-town tourism leader. The speaker will cover Indigenous Peoples, immigrants to Bisbee, fraternal organizations, the history of violence and war, the border, the central role of women, the role of the federal government, and the importance of the arts.
The events are free. Registration is compulsory.
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