Brown Bag Lecture — Trading Posts of Northern Arizona

Monday, October 13

Brown Bag Lecture — 12:15pm

Riordan Mansion


The story of trading posts is uniquely American and a snapshot of life in the southwest that has vanished. In a little over one hundred years, trading posts in the Four Corners were founded, traders and customers flourished, and then the posts faded away. The challenges and unexpected gifts of cross-cultural exchange and stories of trading family dynasties will be discussed against a background of social and economic changes on the reservations, and in the country as a whole. Presented by Chris Glenn and Sandy Sunseri, MNA Docents.

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Halloween Tours

2014 Halloween

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Own a Piece of History

Three items once belonging to Michael J. Riordan are up for auction in Ireland. These pieces are true historic treasures to the Flagstaff area. Please click on the link below and search for lots 781, 782 and 783 for more information. The auction is being held on October 12, 2014. – 10-2014?gridtype=listview

Below are screen shot photos and descriptions of the items:

Lot 781 Auction Lot 782 Auction Lot 783 Auction


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Thanks to incredible community support and favorable tourism, Riordan Mansion will be open 7 days/week through October! The park opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 5:00 PM. There is no charge to explore the beautiful grounds and/or the visitors center (with a great gift shop). Guided tours begin every hour on the hour with the first one at 10:00 AM and the last one at 4:00 PM. Admission fees apply to tours and reservations are encouraged.
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Sept 8
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Northern Arizona’s Historic Native Fish
12:15 pm
A Special Brown Bag in celebration of Colorado River Days

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Presented by: Zeb Hogan, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno Biology Dept.
Come learn about the historical diversity and importance of native fish in the Colorado River and how the native fish community has changed over the past 100 years. Hogan will also briefly discuss the current outlook for native fish in the Colorado and highlight a few of the conservation projects currently in place to protect native fish.

Zeb Hogan is a biology professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, a National Geographic Society Fellow and the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Councilor for Fish. Hogan also hosts the popular National Geographic Television series Monster Fish. Hogan’s research focuses on migratory fish ecology, fisheries management, and endangered species issues. He leads the National Geographic Society’s Megafishes Project, a multi-year effort to document the 20-some species of freshwater fish at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) in length or 220 pounds (100 kilograms) in weight. Hogan, who has a doctoral degree in ecology, was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Environmental Risk Assessment Program at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University and has served as a World Wildlife Fund freshwater fellow. His work has spanned six continents and encompasses several of Earth’s most diverse freshwater ecosystems including the Colorado River, Amazon River, Mekong River, Mississippi River, Nile, Lake Baikal watershed in Russia, Murray-Darling River in Australia, tributaries of the Danube and Yangtze River in China

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Festival of Science Lectures at Riordan Mansion

FOS 2014

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October 2014 Save the dateA jack-o-lantern glows outside Riordan Mansion

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110 Years of Wonderful


1904 was a momentous year in history. The Riordan Mansion was constructed and ice cream cones and cotton candy were popularized at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. Thank you to the following who helped us honor 1904 at Riordan Mansion on August 11th: Richard Patton for his research of the Riordan brothers’ correspondence to compile and present the history of the construction of the 13,000 square foot duplex. Dr. Ken Odell for providing the ingredients and manpower to make homemade chocolate and vanilla ice creams (it is no simple task to hand mix the stuff!). To Joy Cone for donating the waffle cones to hold the ice cream and to staff member Breann Velasco via Cold Stone Creamery to mix the mint ice cream now known as “Rocky Riordan Road,” a name coined by Richard Patton in honor of the 1904 events. The Riordan Action Network provided “Fairy Floss” (aka cotton candy) and all other items needed to make the event a success.

mansionconstructionCone BoxClick on the photo to enlarge and read more about the ice cream cone’s appearance at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

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    Riordan Action Network
    409 West Riordan Road
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001


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