MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN ON ATTENDING INTERESTING PASTFINDERS LECTURE SERIES
As the weather heats up in the Valley of the Sun, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy invites you to participate in an interesting PastFinders lecture series indoors at Mustang Library, located at 10101 North 90th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85258. The four events detailed below take place on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
- March 27, 2018: Tools of Yesterday, presented by Royce Manuel
Using the Tools of Yesterday, Mr. Royce Manuel uses a hands-on approach to recreate utilitarian objects such as functional bows and arrows, hand knapped arrowheads and traditional agave kiahas (Pima burden baskets). He focuses on elements of the past, the importance of everyday tools and the principles of simpler times. Mr. Manuel is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who has played an important role in perpetuating cultural knowledge. His work has been shared not only within the realms of his own tribal people, but also with various governmental organizations, museums and non-profits who call upon him regularly to provide a variety of demonstrations, classes and events.
- April 24, 2018: Defiant: The Story of Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight, presented by Heidi Osselaer
The deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains in Graham County in 1918, decades after the frontier had closed. Much of the Power shootout remains a mystery: Were the Power boys evading the draft during World War I? Who was ambushed that day, the lawmen or the Power family? On the surface, the story looks like an Old West shootout – complete with a feud, murder mystery and conspiracy theories galore, but it also foreshadows the emergence of a powerful federal government in the lives of average citizens.
- May 22, 2018: Just Plane Business, The Scottsdale Airport, Yesterday and Today, presented by Steve Zionek
Established as a WWll training field, the Scottsdale Airport has a fascinating history. This presentation will look back at some of its highlights and describe its current operations and future renovations, including the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, which will be constructed as part of the airport’s new Aviation Business Center later this year. A Stearman PT-17 bi-plane, the kind used for training at the field in WWII, will serve as the centerpiece of this facility. This rare plane (with manufacturing date of September 11, 1941) was flown from Arkansas to Scottsdale in April. Our speaker is one of two crew members who piloted this classic plane on its two-day journey.
- June 26, 2018: History of the Valley’s Canals and Dams, presented by Leah Harrison
The presentation starts with the Hohokam and carries through the development of the modern canal system and water storage dams, and discusses post WWII growth and its impact on SRP and the Valley’s water system. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of canal multiple use and opportunities for folks to go out and interact with the canals today.
“PastFinders connect the community to the Conservancy and the Preserve by researching, preserving and protecting the historical heritage of the McDowell Mountain region. PastFinders educate Conservancy Stewards and the public regarding human activities, ancient to modern, through publications, lectures, informational hikes and other appropriate forums,” explains Franco Farina, Conservancy PastFinders Chair.
“We are delighted to offer the public a variety of learning opportunities about the magnificent McDowell Sonoran Preserve and its history,” says Justin Owen, executive director at McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
About McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit organization that champions the sustainability of the largest urban preserve in North America. More than 30,500 protected acres, known as Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, are enjoyed by 750,000 hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders each year. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and respectful access. Learn more at: www.mcdowellsonoran.org.