Casa Grande Ruins to host weekly lecture series

Casa Grande Ruins to host weekly lecture series

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Beginning Feb. 11 at noon, Jean Groen will present 'Plants of the Sonoran Desert and their many uses'.  The presentation is based on research she gathered while writing her book of the same title.

Following the lecture and discussion, Jean Groen will be available to sign copies of her books, which are sold in the visitor center bookstore. In addition to her book "Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Their Many Uses", the Western National Parks Association also carries "Foods if the Superstitions, Old and New" and "Cats Claw to Cows Tongue and Other Lesser Known Plans of the Desert" in the visitor center bookstore.

Jean was born on a Kansas farm during the depression.  She was taught to eat anything that was put before her....thus her motto "I eat anything that doesn't eat me first".  Upon graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Home Economics she moved to an Iowa farm, then on to Colorado and finally to Arizona. Jean and her late writing partner, Don Wells, together wrote 5 books. Today Jean is working on additional books, including one on the use of mesquite.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago.  Established as the nation's first 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 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website,, visitors may also call (520) 723-3172, or follow the site on Facebook at!/pages/Casa-Grande-Ruins-National-Monument/156409127753466.

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