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2014 March Events


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Arizona Gives Day was a success!  Funds raised during this 24 hour online giving event will be split between Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum.

Arizona Gives Day was a success! Funds raised during this 24 hour online giving event will be split between Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum. Good things will come thanks to those who gave so generously!


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2014 AZ Gives

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March 2014 Lecture Series


March 08 — Saturday • 7:00 PM • Evening Slide Presentation

Beale Wagon Road Re-visited

Presented by Neil Weintraub,

Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest

Using Global Positioning Systems, Kaibab National Forest Archeologists have mapped the historic Beale Wagon Road across the Kaibab so that the public can now follow the route with ease. Join us for an evening mixed with historic and modern day photographs from along the trail. We will also read fascinating excerpts from  Beale’s diaries and learn about what it was like to be a traveler on the route in the mid 1800s.


March 10 — Monday • 12:15 PM • Brown Bag Lecture

Jack Benny’s Radio Years

Presented by  Darrell Boomgaarden,

Riordan Mansion Docent

“Jack Benny was probably one of the greatest comedians of all time!!  He spent 20 years in Vaudeville and 23 years in radio (along with another 15 years on TV).  His over 600 radio shows provided weekly humor and joy to millions.  He was a huge innovator and brought much of what we are all so used to in entertainment today.  His wonderful radio cast included Rochester, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Don Wilson, and Dennis Day often augmented by Mel Blanc, Andy Devine and many others.  This presentation will focus on Jack’s radio years and will include a number of audio clips from his show that will be sure to bring back fond and wonderful memories.”

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St. Patrick’s Day —  When Everyone Is A Little Irish!

St. Pats 2014 Flyer

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Death Valley and Scotty’s Castle — Brown Bag Lecture — Bring your lunch!

Monday, February 10 • 12:15 • FREE!

Death Valley and Scotty’s Castle

Presented by Roger Naylor

Come hear about rocks that sail, fish that survive against all odds and the castle in the middle of nowhere. Scotty’s Castle is an architectural masterpiece, a sprawling home filled with original furnishings that resulted from an unlikely friendship between a loveable, hard-drinking con man and a devout, respectable millionaire.

Death Valley is a vast expanse oDeath Valleyf stark beauty and harsh extremes that attracts visitors from all over the world. The largest national park in the continental United States, Death Valley sizzles but it’s not just the climate. The hottest spot on the globe is one of the coolest places to visit with its golden canyons, caramel sand dunes, gleaming salt flats, and snowcapped mountains.

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, small towns, ghost towns and diners with burgers sizzling on the grill. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine, Sedona Magazine and dozens more. Naylor’s first book, Arizona Kicks on Route 66 came out in April 2012 and has gone through three printings. Currently, Naylor is working on a third book, an Arizona hiking and dining guide called Boots and Burgers, scheduled for a 2014 release. For more information, visit www.rogernaylor.com.

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Love Letters of Gov. George and Mrs. Duett Hunt — Living History Presentation

Saturday, February 15 • 7:00 PMRSVP • Free! 

Love Letters of Gov. George and Mrs. Duett Hunt

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Presented by Mary Brown and Don Shields

George and Duett Hunt, first Governor of Arizona and his wife, first met in 1890, when George first ran for Gila County Recorder.  His goal was to visit with every family in Gila County, and he met Duett Ellison on one of those first visits. The young couple courted through letters for 14 years, from 1891 to their wedding in 1904.  The letters range from just friendly conversations to frustrations to planning a wedding.

Three presentations will be held in the state of Arizona: February 7 at Bullion Plaza in Miami, Arizona at 7;00 p.m.  Bullion Plaza is located at 150 N. Plaza Circle in Miami, Az; February 15 at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff, AZ at 7:00 p.m.  The Park is located at 409 W. Riordan Road; and Wyndham Bear Paw Recreation Center, at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 16, in Flagstaff, AZ Admission to all events is FREE.

During the preparations for Arizona’s Centennial year, Don Shields began researching  George Hunt, Arizona’s first Governor.  Don is a former teacher relocating from Illinois. On Tuesdays one can find Governor Hunt (Don Shields) at the state capital in Phoenix. Duett Ellison Hunt was researched by Mary Brown in preparation for Arizona’s Centennial Celebration in 2012.  Mary is a former teacher, works at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Duett being very shy and retiring, only appears at state events on very special occasions.

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Spring Volunteer Training — Each Saturday in February

Volunteer Training

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