Arizona’s 104th birthday will be celebrated with “Arizona Territory,” a radio play on Statehood Day February 14 at 7pm. The Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation along with KTAR radio will present the play, which will be performed live at Tempe Center for the Arts. The story is set in 1898 and focuses on the relationships between two sisters and their love interests, both military men. Ben Tyler, ACTF executive director and director of the radio play, will tell us more.
Contra Dancing is a traditional folk dance requiring a partner with roots in English Country and French dance styles. The Country Dance and Song Society Centennial recently conducted a tour of contra dancing. Linda Nieman of Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance, Quinn Rouston of the Prescott Chupacabras and Kent Gugler, the Chupacabras organizer, will talk about contra dancing in Arizona.
A revised comprehensive book on Arizona History is being released on the state’s birthday. “Arizona: A History,” is a scholarly work on the Grand Canyon state’s history by Dr. Thomas Sheridan, a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Sheridan will talk about his latest book.
“Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012”, is a book written by members of the Arizona Press Women. Co-editor Brenda Warneka will talk about the amazing women the book features. The book has been designated an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.
The bolo tie, Arizona’s official state neckwear since 1971, is featured in a new exhibit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Collector Norman Sandfried, who co-authored a book that accompanies the exhibit of American Indian-crafted ties, discusses the history and artistry of the bolo tie.
Organized to develop and fund new plays that focus on the Arizona experience, the Centennial Theatre Foundation’s first event is a staged reading by the cast of the play, The Wallace & Ladmo Show. Find out more about the project with CTF Executive Director Ben Tyler.
Scott Baxter has spent much of the last decade driving across Arizona to photograph ranchers whose families have been ranching in Arizona since 1912 or earlier. Get a preview of this project that will be completed in time for Arizona’s Centennial celebration.
The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies is hosting the 6th annual Whiskey Row Shootout July 22 & 23 in Prescott. The group’s president, Neil Thomas talks about the event and the group’s mission to share and preserve the history and culture of the Old West.
Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Mine was Arizona’s most productive gold mine. Now, a group is trying to raise money to renovate the mine’s historic buildings. Bernadine McCollum and Penny Pietre, of the Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association, discuss the mine and efforts to save its crumbling infrastructure.
Designated as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, the Arizona Military Museum chronicles the military history of Arizona. Museum Director Joe Abodeely shares some of that history as he describes what the museum has to offer.
As the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum begins its transformation into a Centennial Museum, those affiliated with the mining museum share their concerns about the future of its extensive and valuable mineral collection.
For 100 years, Roosevelt Dam has provided Phoenix, and the rest of the Valley, with a reliable water supply making it possible for the desert region to grow and prosper. Salt River Project historian James LaBar shares some remarkable stories about the making of the dam.
On Arizona’s 99th birthday, we’ll take a look at plans to celebrate its 100th as the Countdown to Arizona’s Centennial begins. Guests include Karen Churchard, Director of the Arizona Centennial Commission, and Catherine May, Vice President of the Arizona Historic Advisory Council.
Today it functions mainly as a museum, but an effort is underway to put the original Arizona State Capitol building back into legislative service. Former Phoenix Mayor and Chairman of the Arizona Capitol Centennial Committe John Driggs and Phoenix Architect Don Ryden discuss the planning process that was recently approved by Legislative Council.