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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.
Arizona Humanities presentation in partnership with Sedona Public Library’s “Read Around Sedona”.
Nancy Burgess will present An Arizona Auto Adventure: Clarence Boynton’s 1913 travelogue.
Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Museum with us!
The day will start at 10:30am with a “RE-ribbon cutting”, and go on till 3:00pm with all kinds of free activities, music, and treats.
Lunch will be available for purchase from BombAZ food truck, plus we’ll have some samples of dutch oven cooking, so you can stay all day if you’d like!
Demos will be ongoing, along with a dress-up photo booth, and kids’ take-home activities. Enjoy tours by Jordan family members, Behind the Scenes tours of the Collections Room, or guided nature trail walks.
An award-winning actor, playwright, and historian, Michael Peach is especially good at bringing to life history and his subjects. But, he isn’t afraid to spin some tall tales, too. Informative and entertaining, Mike’s shows have long been a favorite of university, state and national parks, and historically-oriented audiences.
Peach’s shows feature his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history, also incorporating jokes, stories, and first person narrative.
This new show both exposes and pokes fun at quirky incidents from Arizona politics and law. “In those bold and bloody days of the Arizona Territory, a prudent man kept his gun near at hand. It was considered mandatory. For the need to avenge one’s honor was frequently insistent. And the presence of the law out here was rare to non-existent.” quotes Peach.
The show is about an hour long. Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free. Museum admission is separate.