One of our many exciting activities this season is our Five C's of Arizona Speaker Series! PCHM and Viney Jones Community Library are partnering to bring fascinating speakers on the second Friday at 10:00 am in September, October, January, February, March, April, and May. All programs are held at the Viney Jones Community Library (778 N Main St). Read more about our first two programs and keep an eye out for our August Program Reminder for our full 2023-2024 activities!
9/8/23: The History and Mystery of the Gila River by Chris Reid
Many people know about Arizona’s most famous river, the Colorado, but the often-forgotten Gila River also has a rich and somewhat hidden history. Starting in central New Mexico, the Gila makes its journey through eastern and most of southern Arizona before joining the Colorado. Personal memoirs, field journals, and anecdotes of the missionaries, explorers, adventurers, and pioneers who followed or settled it, will bring the human side of the Gila to life. This program shows how the Gila River provided life-giving water for agriculture, transportation, recreation, and inspiration for generations of people.
10/13/23: For the Love of Turquoise by Carrie Cannon
Turquoise has a long-standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. In the southwest, used decoratively for millennia, this iconic art form has a compelling story all its own. This talk explores a long tradition of distinctive cultural styles, history, and transition of this wondrous stone. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.