Arizona Historical Society announces free virtual events

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Goodyear residents who want to learn more about Arizona's state parks, the Confederacy in the state, the women's suffrage movement and the forces that shaped early Flagstaff are invited to participate in a series of virtual events hosted by the Arizona Historical Society. 

Once registered, attendees will receive and email with links and instructions for each Zoom session. All events are free, but the society gladly accepts donations to help fund programs. Suggested donations are $5.

Take a trip to Arizona’s State Parks with Roger Naylor at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 will feature the travel writer discussing his latest book: “Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State.”

Mr. Naylor is considered one of Arizona’s premier travel writers. In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, and he is the author of several books, including, “The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon,” “Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers” and “Arizona Kicks on Route 66.”

Seating for the program is limited, but a recording will be available through the AHS website, arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

To register for the talk, click here.

Whistlin’ Dixie in Arizona: A Conversation about History, Memory, and Myth at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 will be a virtual conversation exploring Civil War history, memory and mythmaking in Arizona.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. David Turpie of the Arizona Historical Society. Panelists will include Dr. Joy Giguere (Penn State-York), Dr. Patrick Lewis (Filson Historical Society), Dr. Megan Kate Nelson (author of The Three-Cornered War), Dr. Will Stoutamire (University of Nebraska-Kearney), Dr. Maurice Crandall (Dartmouth College), Dr. Eduardo Pagan (Arizona State University) and Jay Van Orden, former AHS director of field services.

Panelists will share their perspectives about the ongoing calls to rethink the place of controversial monuments, memorials and symbols in public spaces.

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the Q&A and conversation. To submit questions in advance to the panelists, email ahsadmin@azhs.gov.

To register, click here.

Still Marching: Women in Resistance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 will center around Indigenous activism featuring activist Rosetta Walker and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement that has swept the nation. Ms. Walker will share her experiences by promoting change and allowing voices to be heard.

To help track attendance, AHS requests that attendees register for the anticipated number of people that will be watching the presentation. For questions, email Allison Avery at aavery@azhs.gov.

To register, click here.

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with Journal of Arizona History Authors at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationally, and AHS will commemorate Women’s Equality Day by bringing together six authors virtually to talk about the history of women’s suffrage.

Heidi Osselaer, author of “Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950,” will moderate the panel, which includes historians Kif Augustine-Adams, Sara Egge, Shannon Risk, Rachel Gunter and Karen Pastorello.

Each will share their perspectives and research during the discussion of women’s suffrage, Arizona history and where we go from here.

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the Q&A and conversation.

To register, click here.

For questions or more information, email Lora Key at lkey@azhs.gov.

Explore The Five Fs of Flagstaff at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 will feature a discussion by Pioneer Museum Curator Jill Hough of farming, forests, freight trains, females and foreigners, all of which had a dramatic and direct effect on the historical development of commerce, industry and economy of northern Arizona.

Attendees will learn what life was like in the Wild West as lumberjacks, ranchers, immigrants and prostitutes all converged on the little water stop of Flagstaff, Arizona.

For questions or more information, call 928-774-6272.

To register, click here.

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