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Historical Museum

Welcome to Pinal County Historical Museum

715 South Main Street ∙ P.O. Box 851 ∙ Florence, Arizona 85132

Telephone: 520.868.4382  ∙  Email: pchsmuseum@yahoo.com

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. · Closed Sunday, Monday, and all major holidays  

  

Schedule of Events

Join us for some great presentations, events and exhibitions. Visit our Facebook page for more details:

Pinal County Historical Society Museum at 715 E. Main Street in Florence, AZ  85132

2021 Calendar of Events

Events of "2021"

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Historic Florence Walking Tours

Take a walk back through time on this guided tour with Chris Reid and learn about the people who lived and operated businesses in Florence. Exclusive access to historic buildings is included! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. This tour begins at the 1891 Courthouse, 135 N Pinal St. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.brownpapertickets.com/

Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

AZ Humanities Speaks: Lives of Arizonans From Memoirs to Fiction by Jim Turner

Arizona pioneers tell their stories in diaries, letters, and memoirs. Martha Summerhayes’s beloved Vanished Arizona and Captain John Bourke’s On the Border with Crook, plus biographies of Hopi, Pima, and Tohono O’odham women describe their lives and feelings. But we’ll also look at fiction, including Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, and contemporary authors like Marguerite Noble’s Filaree and Nancy Turner’s These is My Words. Richly illustrated with historic photographs and artwork, this presentation gives audiences a personal understanding of what life was like for Native Americans and pioneer emigrants. Program made possible by Arizona Humanities.

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Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Walking Cemetery Tours

See Florence's rich history come alive on this guided tour of the Florence Cemetery with Chris Reid. Learn about the people who made Florence what it is today including the oldest marked headstone in Arizona! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid for in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. The tour begins at PCHS Museum. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pchscemterytour.brownpapertickets.com/

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

PCHS Book Club | Freemasonry: An Introduction

Join us for PCHS Museum's third Virtual Book Club! The third book covers the core meanings and practices of freemasonry. The club meeting will focus on a discussion on the freemasons and their impact in Pinal County specifically. Join us on Zoom, Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:00 pm to discuss the book titled, "Freemasonry: An Introduction". This includes the purchase of the book as well as shipping costs. Virtual Book Club is a suggested $5 donation to participate.

https://freemasonryandbook.brownpapertickets.com/ Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Historic Florence Walking Tours

Take a walk back through time on this guided tour with Chris Reid and learn about the people who lived and operated businesses in Florence. Exclusive access to historic buildings is included! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. This tour begins at the 1891 Courthouse, 135 N Pinal St. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Walking Cemetery Tours

See Florence's rich history come alive on this guided tour of the Florence Cemetery with Chris Reid. Learn about the people who made Florence what it is today including the oldest marked headstone in Arizona! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid for in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. The tour begins at PCHS Museum. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pchscemterytour.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday, February 27th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

AZ Humanities Speaks: The Food of Arizona by Gregory McNamee

Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join Gregory McNamee, the author of Tortillas, Tiswin, and T-Bones: A Food History of the Southwest, in exploring these many traditions. Program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Click here to register for the no-charge Zoom Virtual Programming

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

PCHS Book Club | The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd

Join us for PCHS Museum's fourth Virtual Book Club! The fourth book covers one of the most high profile female murderers in Arizona history, who ended up serving part of her sentence at the state prison in Florence. Join us on Zoom, Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm to discuss the book titled, "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd! This includes the purchase of the book as well as shipping costs. Virtual Book Club is a suggested $5 donation to participate. Additional donations appreciated.

https://thetrunkmurderesswithbook.brownpapertickets.com/ Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Historic Florence Walking Tours

Take a walk back through time on this guided tour with Chris Reid and learn about the people who lived and operated businesses in Florence. Exclusive access to historic buildings is included! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. This tour begins at the 1891 Courthouse, 135 N Pinal St. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.brownpapertickets.com/

Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

The Ballad of Arizona by Jay Cravath & Dan Schilling

Originally conceived to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, “The Ballad of Arizona” has been updated to provide a more complete survey of important, but often little-known, chapters of Arizona’s unique history. A blend of music, video, and lecture, “The Ballad of Arizona” is similar to “A Prairie Home Companion” but with an Arizona twist. The dozen vignettes featured in the presentation include the Buffalo Soldiers, dude ranch history, the Code Talkers, forester Aldo Leopold, Japanese-American Internment, famous cattle drives, the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, and more stories that explore Arizona’s unique cultural and natural diversity. Jay Craváth is joined by Dan Shilling for this entertaining two-person presentation that combines song and story. Program made possible by Arizona Humanities.

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Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Walking Cemetery Tours

See Florence's rich history come alive on this guided tour of the Florence Cemetery with Chris Reid. Learn about the people who made Florence what it is today including the oldest marked headstone in Arizona! Tours are limited to 10 and tickets must be paid for in advance. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for museum members. The tour begins at PCHS Museum. Follow the link below to purchase tickets.

https://pchscemterytour.brownpapertickets.com/

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

PCHS Book Club | Lessons with Horses by Randy Helm

Join us for PCHS Museum's fifth Virtual Book Club! The fifth book is written by Randy Helm, describing his experiences teaching felons to train horses. Join us on Zoom, Tuesday, April 6th at 6:00 pm to discuss the book titled, "Lessons with Horses", as well as 'meet' the author! This includes the purchase of the book as well as shipping costs. Virtual Book Club is a suggested $5 donation to participate. Additional donations appreciated.

https://lessonswithhorsesbook.brownpapertickets.com/

Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Honkytonks, Brothels and Mining Camps by Jay Cravath

In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income, and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities, evolved orchestras, opera and glee clubs—all in hamlets like Tombstone. Dr. Craváth shares stories and music of a time when performing live was the only way to enjoy the arts.

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

PCHS Book Club | Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton

Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

PCHS Book Club | These Is My Words by Nancy Turner -- MEET THE AUTHOR

A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.

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