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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Presentations April 14 & June 8


Experience stories of Arizona history and culture through two virtual speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics:

April 14, 11 a.m. - Noon
Lives of Arizonans from Memoirs and Fiction (Speaker: Jim Turner)

This presentation gives the audience a personal understanding of what life was like for Native Americans and pioneer emigrants. Arizona pioneers have told their stories through diaries, letters, and memoirs. This presentation draws from those writings and includes historic photographs and artwork.

The event is free. Registration is required. To register, visit: Webinar Registration - Zoom

June 8, 11 a.m. – Noon
The 1894 Lowell Expedition to Arizona (Speaker: Kevin Schindler) 

This presentation tells the story of an Easterner named Andrew Douglass who explored Arizona Territory in 1894 in search of an ideal site to establish an astronomical observatory for Bostonian Percival Lowell. Traveling by train and stagecoach, he visited Tombstone, Tucson, Tempe, Prescott and Flagstaff. This expedition is a classic tale of western adventure with a twist of scientific intrigue.

The event is free. Registration is required. To register, visit: Webinar Registration - Zoom

Please note, these virtual events are not run by the City of Surprise and the security of the online platform has not been validated by the city.

For more information, please contact Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commissioner Kathie Morgan at 623.594.3963.

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