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409 West Riordan Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Winter Hours at Riordan Mansion
November through April: The park is open 10:30 AM –5:00 PM with tours on the hour. First tour at 11:00 AM and the last tour at 4:00 PM. Closed Tuesday & Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.
Call for reservations: 928.779.4395
Evening Lecture — 7:00 pm
Talking Machine Cowboys and Indians: The First Western Recordings, 1902 – 1913
Presented by Mike Amundson, PhD, History, Northern Arizona University
Between the Columbia cylinder recording of “Navajo” in 1902 and the Victor record of “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” in 1912, America experienced a cowboy and Indian music craze. Not your typical ballads featuring fiddles and guitars, these ditties were created in New York’s Tin Pan Alley and then preserved on early records. This presentation provides an overview of the early recording industry and a visual presentation of the beautiful original sheet music. And, best of all, original recordings of the music are played on a 1905 Edison Cylinder and a 1913 Victor.
Monday, November 10
Brown Bag Lecture — 12:15pm
Presented by Diane Rapaport, Author
Home Sweet Jerome: Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper Mining City is the first modern history of Jerome. It is the story of how Jerome came back to life after mining abandoned it in 1953. This once-fabled city of 15,000 shrank to 124 adults and 87 children. Jerome became a famous ghost town, notorious hippie hideout, and celebrated art and history destination that is visited by one million visitors each year.
For thirty-two years, Diane Sward Rapaport was immersed in Jerome’s social and political life. “I became privy to the fortunes and misfortunes, dreams and ambitions of a quirky patchwork of rebels, heroes, scoundrels, and artists. I heard preposterous stories: the ten-dollar sale of Main Street in the 1950s; the ghost that lived in a gun; the theft of a large amount of money from the Catholic Church; and several 500-plant pot gardens growing in the mountains.” A drug bust in October of 1985 made the New York Times with the headline ‘Ghost Town That Was Restored to Life is Now in Uproar Over Raid for Drugs.’ Among those arrested were two members of Jerome’s Town Council and its Chief of Police.” These stories are part of the mesmerizing history of a town that fought against overwhelming odds to become a celebrated art and history destination. Jerome is fertile ground for story-telling, join us!
Monday, October 13
Brown Bag Lecture — 12:15pm
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.
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.
http://www.adams.ie/Country-House-Collections-at-Slane-Castle/12 – 10-2014?gridtype=listview
Below are screen shot photos and descriptions of the items:
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.