DATE: 10/3/2022
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
COST: $23.00

General Membership Meeting, Program, & Lunch

The General Membership Business Meeting, presentation, and lunch will be held on October 3rd at the Arizona Heritage Center. 

Professor Lauren McArthur Harris will speak on "Teaching History Today."  Dr. Harris is an associate professor of history education with a joint appointment in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  She will bring her teaching and research experiences to help us understand the issues facing History teachers today. She prepares those who will teach in secondary classrooms, using the process of historical inquiry. With a focus on source analysis and warranted claims using evidence, students learn processes and take ownership of the work of doing history. Dr. Harris will also discuss her work leading preservice teachers in mentoring students from a local high school on their National History Day projects (historical inquiry at its best!). She will include suggestions for community members who might follow a similar model.  

Lunch may be purchased online or reserve your place with Mary McMahon and pay by cash or check by September 29th at 5:00 PM.  Members with reservations are responsible for payment even if unable to attend.  Payments are nonrefundable. 


DATE: 11/7/2022
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
COST: $23.00

General Membership Meeting, Speaker, & Lunch

The General Membership Business Meeting and presentation will be held November 7th in the Steele Auditorium at the Arizona Heritage Center. Lunch will follow. 

Dr. John Nathan Mack will present “Inside and Out: The Sisters of St. Joseph, Chief Pasqual, and the education of Native children in Yuma.” The sisters of St. Joseph journeyed to the Arizona territory in the 19th century with the goal of establishing schools for Native children. The sisters entered a cultural and political world in which they were simultaneously “inside” and “out.” As insiders, they shared similar convictions to that of President Grant and the leaders of the BIA. They agreed that Native cultural beliefs and practices were significantly deficient. They firmly believed in the superiority of their own culture and religion. And they were committed to the transformative power of education to inculcate new ideas and practices in children. However, as Catholic educators, they were clearly outside the mainstream. Many of these women were recent immigrants with little experiential knowledge of U.S. political culture. Finally, this position of “outsider” was further emphasized by the fact that they were celibate women. Dr. Mack’s presentation discusses the dual position of these women, clarifying the unique approach they took to the education of Native children.

John Mack earned Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He teaches as an online senior lecturer in history at Georgia State University-Perimeter College.

Lunch may be purchased online or reserve your place with Mary McMahon and pay by cash or check by November 3rd at 5:00 PM.  Members with reservations are responsible for payment even if unable to attend.


DATE: 1/9/2023
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
COST: $23.00

Guest Day: General Membership Meeting, Speaker, & Lunch

Many early Arizona women became known for their fortitude in the face of adversity, their confrontation of extraordinary and sometimes dangerous situations, their adventuresome spirits, and their dedication to improving the lives of others. Among them were artists and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs, women who plowed the land, and those who were instrumental in establishing new laws for the Arizona Territory.

Author, historian, and lecturer Jan Cleere has put together a celebration of women who helped shape Arizona. Her presentation is taken from her book, Levi's & Lace, Arizona Women Who Made History. 

Ms. Cleere is the author of six award-winning historical nonfiction books about the lives of early pioneers who ventured into the Desert Southwest. She writes a monthly column, "Western Women," for the Arizona Daily Star.  Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications. Visit her website at www.JanCleere.com.

January 9th is designated Guest Day.  Members are encouraged to bring a bring a friend to enjoy our award-winning author and lunch,  and all guests will be given membership information. 

The General Business Meeting begins at 10:00 AM at the Arizona Heritage Center with Ms. Cleere and lunch to follow. Lunch may be purchased online or reserve your place with Mary McMahon and pay by cash or check by Thursday,  January 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM. Members with reservations are responsible for payment even if unable to attend.


DATE: 2/6/2023
TIME: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
COST: $23.00

General Membership Meeting, Program, & Lunch

The General Membership Business Meeting and presentation will be held February 6th in the Steele Auditorium at the Arizona Heritage Center. Lunch will follow.

Jason Carney, Executive Director of the Phoenix Film Foundation, will talk about “Film in Arizona: Past, Present, and Future.”

The Phoenix Film Festival is coming up March 23-April 2. The Phoenix Film  Festival started in 2000 by 3 local filmmakers to get some local exposure for their films. Twenty-one years and thousands of movies later, the Phoenix Film Foundation has grown from a 3-day exhibition to an 11-day celebration with over 250 films, filmmaking seminars, parties, and student workshops with over 20,000 attendees all at the Harkins Scottsdale 101.

The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there.

Mr. Carney will share an invitation to the Festival as well as a look at Arizona’s history as a significant player in movies then and now.

Lunch may be purchased online or reserve your place with Mary McMahon and pay by cash or check by February 2nd at 5:00 PM.  Members with reservations are responsible for payment even if unable to attend.