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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument to celebrate National Parks Centennial

CASA GRANDE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

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:

  • 7 a.m. Pancake Breakfast (San Carlos Park)
  • 9 a.m.  Archaeology Expo and Artisan Village Open for day’s event
  • 9 a.m.  Welcome by Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Pierce and Arizona State Parks Director Sue Black, Blessing by Barnaby Lewis, Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) (Casa Grande Ruins National Monument)
  • 9:30 a.m.   Barnaby Lewis, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Gila River Indian Community,  “Sivan Vahki O’Odham Perspectives, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 9 –10a.m   Flintknapping Demonstration by Shelby Manney, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 9:30 a.m.   Back Country Tour at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (space limited; sign up at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office tent prior to the tour)
  • 10 – 11a.m  Shell Manufacture – at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 10 a.m.  Great House Compound Tours every hour until 3pm at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 10 a.m.  Speaker -- Alex Lim, Tumacacori National Monument - Conservation of Southwestern National Monuments, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 10 a.m.  Coolidge Cotton Days Parade, in Coolidge
  • 10:30 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Florence Townsite Historic District in Florence
  • 11 a.m.  Speaker – Historian and writer, Erik Berg - Lindberg’s 1929 Southwest Aerial Survey at the Artisan Village of Coolidge
  • 11 a.m.  Adobe Demonstration at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 11:30 a.m.  Speaker -- Doug Craig, Principal Investigator with Northland Research and leading expert on Hohokam archaeology, and President of the Friends of Casa Grande Ruins  - The Prehistoric Community at Casa Grande at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 12 p.m.  Cotton Bale Rolling Contest (Coolidge Cotton Days at San Carlos Park)
  • 12 p.m.  Back Country Tour at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (space limited; sign up at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office tent prior to the tour)
  • 1 p.m.  Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark movie showing at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center
  • 1 p.m. Speaker -- Brooks Jeffery, Drachman Institite, University of Arizona - Stabilization at Casa Grande, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 1 p.m. Speaker -- Betsy Fahlman, Professor of Art History at Arizona State University - Art of the Internment Camps, at the Artisan Village of Coolidge
  • 1 p.m. Verdugo Stage Station and Homestead  and Adobe One-Room Schoolhouse Tour (Offsite) Sign up at the State Historic Preservation Office’s information tent at the Casa Grande Ruins Monument for all the tours.
  • 1-2 p.m. Basketry – Delphia Graves of the Gila River Community – at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
  • 1-3 p.m.  Susy Manning Drum Circle/Courtyard covered area at the Artisan Village of Coolidge
  • 1:30 p.m. Back Country Tour, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 2 p.m. Tour of Great House Ruins with University of Arizona, Drachman Institute Students, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 2 p.m.  Pottery Making Demo with Roger Dorr, Tonto National Monument at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 2:30 p.m.  Speaker -- Allen Dart, a volunteered as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975 for state and federal governments, private companies, and nonprofit organizations, State Cultural Resources Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona, and is the volunteer Executive Director of Tucson’s nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center - Southwestern Rock Calendar and Ancient Time Pieces, at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • 2:45 p.m. Back Country Tour at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (space limited; sign up at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office tent prior to the tour)
  • 3 p.m. Speaker -- Christine Reid, writer and researcher at the Pinal County Historical Society and Community Scholar for the ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Women in Florence Prisons at the Artisan Village of Coolidge
  • 3:30 p.m.  Speaker -- Amy Warren, A PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She received both her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her doctoral research was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for “Simulating prehistoric population dynamics and adaptive behavioral responses to the environment in Long House Valley and Black Mesa, Arizona”. She has spent the last several years working as a National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow and as coordinator of the BGREEN K-12 Science Education Program.speaking about Hollywood and Archaeology Misconceptions at the Coolidge Performance Arts Center
  • 4 p.m. Arizona Archaeology Expo and Artisan Village of Coolidge Close
  • 4:30 p.m. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark movie showing at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center (Shuttle will not be running when the movie ends so attendees should park at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center)
  • 6 p.m. Concert -- British Invasion (San Carlos Park)
  • 6 p.m. Shuttle stops running
  • All day Rabbit Stick Toss at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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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