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The Museum of Casa Grande

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The Museum of Casa Grande

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110 W. Florence Blvd
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States

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October 2016

Arizona Ghost Towns

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Ghost towns dot Arizona’s landscape and provide unique insights into a diverse history. Some ghost towns tell a boom-to-bust story with few remaining traces of the people who once lived there, while others, like Jerome, have become thriving tourist destinations. Many are old mining locations that once bustled with life, while others tell more modern stories, showing the impact of highways rerouted and roads not taken. This program will feature stories of ghost towns such as Crown King, Jerome, and…

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Arizona’s Unsolved Mysteries

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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We are intrigued by unsolved mysteries, because it would seem almost impossible for anyone to totally vanish from the face of the earth at any time. This is especially true in our day and age when a host of computer data tracks everyone; yet bodies do disappear with astonishing frequency. In some cases it may be presumed that people wished to disappear, but then why? Even more unsettling is the realization that certain people may have gotten away with the…

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November 2016

Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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What is Día de los Muertos? Where did it come from, what are its roots? How do we celebrate it here in the U.S.? Día los Muertos or Days of the Dead is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico, Latin America, and Southwestern U.S. To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions. To many Mexicans, death is not a subject to be feared, ignored, or divorced from the living. One cannot celebrate life…

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Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Similar to what a person can find in art, sport and games also come to us with good and bad qualities. When bad there is evidence of cheating, chauvinism, narcissism, civil unrest, and stereotypes. And when good we gain aspects of trust, cooperation, fairness, focus, patience, and control. The values gained in the practice of sports are instructive for life as they a place an emphasis on respect, fraternity and discipline, all three of which are synonymous with teaching and…

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December 2016

Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Mike Burns lived a long life in two worlds. Born in about 1862 into the Kwevkepaya (Yavapai) people, he was taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers after his family was massacred at a place called Skeleton Cave. He lived for years as something between a captive and a servant until joining the Indian Scouts, riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars. Gregory McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living…

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January 2017

Don Chun Wo, Unofficial Mayor of Tucson’s Chinatown

January 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Yang, Li

Don Chun Wo (1873-1945) was a prominent figure in the Chinese community of Tucson and later Casa Grande in the early decades of the 20th century. He enjoyed high social standing among the Chinese due to his success in running grocery store business, as well as in maintaining a viable family life. The latter was no small feat given the fact that most of the Chinese  who then lived in America were sojourning bachelors. He was also well respected by…

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February 2017

African American Pioneers of Arizona

February 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Featuring compelling documentaries based on interviews, this presentation shares stories about prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona.  Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode, and Carol Coles Henry.  Each individual’s life is contextualized using prominent events that have taken place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state is discussed. Akua Duku…

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March 2017

Women of the Arizona State Prison

March 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Winnie Ruth Judd, Eva Dugan, Dr. Rose Boido, and Eva Wilbur Cruz all shared one thing in common. They were all incarcerated at the Arizona State Prison in Florence.  These women were players in both the sensational stories that made national headlines and local stories that made Arizona history. Who were these women and how did they end up in the Florence prison? How did their stories impact Arizona? Through the use of photographs, prison records and newspaper articles, their…

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