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The Stopwatch Gang made Sedona their home base to rob banks all over the US. In October of 1980, two members were arrested in Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona resident Jack Seeley became quite close with them while living here; he will chronicle their time in Sedona, how they got here, how they were caught, and their status today.
Michael Amundson examines the history of popular recorded music about the American West from 1902-1918. He will show how music of this era reflected the popularity of the West in the national imagination, the role of the frontier, and changing ideas about Native Americans. He will bring along one of his hand-cranked period talking machines and play original music.
Michael is a professor of history and Public History Director at NAU in Flagstaff. He has published six books, including most recently Talking Machine West: A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley’s Western Recordings 1902-1918, which is the basis of this talk and will be available for purchase at the presentation.
On a Sunday in November of 1983, four people flying from Glendale airport to Sedona for breakfast at the airport restaurant ran into trouble when the pilot fell unconscious. Local pilot Jack Seeley had just landed from his first round trip to Phoenix of the day. The radio operator at Sedona informed him that there was an aircraft over Camp Verde with an unconscious pilot. There were no other pilots on board. A 78 year old woman non pilot successfully landed the plane at an Air Force Base. Please join us for the rest of the story.
John Bezy, geologist and co-author of “The Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz,” has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz for 30 years. He will offer a presentation on the inspiration, history, and appreciation of this unique regional art form at the Museum on Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m.
Artist Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs and will be bringing some of her pottery for sale at prices similar to direct prices in her village.
Join the Museum for this popular program and pottery sale. This is a free event open to the public.
Don and Chris Godard tell stories about the history of cement and the Clarkdale Cement Plant.
When announced in the mid-1950s, the Clarkdale Cement Plant was to supply materials for the development of Glen Canyon Dam, and close at completion of the dam. The Arizona building boom has kept it open ever since. Originally, the builders envisioned it as the first of several materials processing endeavors in the Verde Valley, including potential wallboard fabrication, rock wool manufacturing and perhaps even pulp or steel plants. Opened in 1959, acquired by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 1987, and modernized in 2002, the plant is a major employer in the area and produces upwards of 35 percent of all the cement manufactured in Arizona. This presentation will include how Clarkdale’s railroad presence and limestone deposits led to the plant’s location, and how over time, the plant’s existence and need for fly ash and other resources has led to expanding its reach in northern Arizona with complementary businesses.
Don Godard is a life-long Verde Valley resident, and he worked at the Clarkdale Cement Plant. Don’s background led Chris to study the fascinating and ancient history of cement and concrete and its historical significance world-wide.
This is a free event and open to the public.