Casa Grande Ruins annual speaker series: Jim Turner

Casa Grande Ruins annual speaker series: Jim Turner
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Beginning now through March 6, 2019, Casa Grande Ruins will host its annual speaker series, that continues every Wednesday at noon.

The second speaker of the series will be on Dec. 5 at noon featuring Jim Turner who will present a lecture titled “Arizona Stories: Frontier Characters and Communities”. (There will be no speaker on Dec. 26)

From mammoth hunters and canal builders to Native Americans, Hispanics, Americans, Irish, Serbians, and just about every nationality under the sun, Arizona has always been a land of many cultures. And while the Earps and the Geronimo are world famous, Arizona can also be proud of its unsung men and women and cooperative communities. Historian Jim Turner will share Arizona’s experiences from the famous to the little known, from Native American ceremonies to mining booms, cattle drives, cotton harvests, and religious settlements, we will learn how Arizona evolved from a violent frontier to a just and civil society dedicated to its people’s welfare.

Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Jim Turner worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the 4th-grade textbook The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, was a 2012 Southwest Books of the Year selection. Jim moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a M.A. in U.S. history from the University of Arizona, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 40 years. Jim is now an author/editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers, author of The Mighty Colorado from the Glaciers of the Gulf(2016) and Crater Lake and Beyond (2017).

The program begins at noon in the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center theater at 1100 West Ruins Drive, Coolidge AZ, 85128. There is no fee for the program, but normal entrance fees apply.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago. Established as the nation’s first federal archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.

The Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through September, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through April, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day holidays.

Directions and additional information are available on the Monument’s website,

Call (520) 723-3172, or follow on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

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