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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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August Events and Lectures — FREE!


2014 August Brown Bag  2014 Rough Riders2014 August Evening Lecture

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July Lectures — Free!


July2014Evening Lecture

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Special — National — Event





Saturday, June 14
1:00 PM
Riordan Mansion Courtyard

The Anthem For America led by the Flagstaff Community Band
On June 14, 2014, at 1:00 PM, add your voice to the largest group sing of the national anthem in history as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem. People across the country will be singing the anthem — add your voice to the chorus!  Let’s make history through song!

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June Lectures — FREE!

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures 2nd Monday of Each Month 12:15pm

June 9 Brown Bag Lecture — Prehistoric Trade in the Southwest

Trade has been, and is, a major component of human interactions, both on an individual, as well as for an entire culture. Evidence of exchange characterizes the earliest appearance of humans in the New World. In the Southwest evidence of trade for marine shells from the Pacific Coast are found in Clovis sites dating to 11,000 years ago. Through time, the involvement of prehistoric people in trade increased until exchange networks extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande and from Yellowstone to central Mexico. This talk will show the kinds of items that were traded from these areas into the Southwest and will discuss that it was not only the exchange of objects, but the ideas that accompanied them, that makes trade an important stimulus for the growth and development of culture. Peter Pilles, Archaeologist, Coconino National Forest

Evening Slide Presentation Series, 7pm RSVP Free!

June 28 Lecture

Community Builders: The Riordan Families of Flagstaff
As the largest employers in Flagstaff, Matt Riordan and his younger brothers, Tim and Mike, assumed leadership roles in the fledgling community. Together they guided their fellow citizens toward building institutions of learning and science, encouraging community investment in technology and infrastructure, and developing a diverse economy. They sought to create a viable community which would thrive into the future. Today the younger brothers’ home remains as the physical evidence of their story. It is preserved as an historic house museum, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, providing an opportunity for future generations to experience a small part of the Riordans’ story. PresenRiordan Brothersted by Kathy Farretta, M.A., Volunteer, Riordan Mansion State Park

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Nothing like the lazy summer days.…

RDS 2014

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May Lectures

May 2014 website lectures

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May 2014 Tony Event

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