Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is hosting a number of events throughout 2016 to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.
The first large event is planned for Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. , when the Monument will host the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office’s annual Arizona Archaeology Expo, in conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial History and Heritage Celebration that will be hosted by the City of Coolidge and other community partners.
In addition to the Arizona Archaeology Expo, the City of Coolidge and the Monument’s other community partners will host activities, throughout town, in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial.
This year’s Expo and Centennial History and Heritage Celebration offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs. Demonstrations, lectures, and other activities will be taking place at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (1100 W Ruins Drive), as well as various other venues throughout the City of Coolidge, including the Artisan Village of Coolidge (351 N Arizona Blvd), the Coolidge Performing Arts Center (684 W Northern Ave), and San Carlos Park (300 W Central Ave).
The Expo and activities are open to the public and admission is FREE.
Lectures, demonstrations, and some of the activities scheduled for the event are as follows:
An interactive event schedule is also available as an app. Download the free Guidebook app from your smartphone’s app store and search for centennial history and heritage event.
The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 34th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month during the entire month of March 2016. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will host events across the state; events are also planned in Arizona State Parks as part of their interpretive programs.
At Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the Arizona Archaeology Expo is a featured event of the National Park Service Centennial History and Heritage Celebration, and kicks off its National Park Service Centennial activities. Planning is underway for a second large event, the American Indian Arts and Music Festival, to be held on November 19, 2016. Look for other National Park Service Centennial Activities throughout 2016 at http://findyourpark.com/find#centennial_events
The Arizona Archaeology Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places; what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs; and about the prehistory and history of Arizona. The Arizona Archaeology Expo features archaeology-related, hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events.
Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others, will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts and tools that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. Cultural and historical demonstrators, talks by archaeologists, and interactive activities will help make the past come alive!
A free statewide listing of events and activities related the Arizona Archaeology Heritage and Awareness month is available by contacting the Arizona State Parks at (602) 542-4174, or visiting the Arizona State Parks website at www.azstateparks.com. Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration features prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona.
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