Thank you KVOI 1030AM WakeUp Tucson

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Where were you Monday, February 24 at 7:00 a.m.?  Peg O’Connell and Teri Colmar were at the KVOI 1030AM studios with Chris DeSimone!  Chris graciously gave us a time slot to talk about the Oro Valley Historical Society and specifically our upcoming event:  $$Priceless$$ on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock, Oro Valley.

The event will feature Catherine Baron of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals (Certified Appraiser and formerly on the Antiques Roadshow) who will give a talk on antiques followed by a verbal appraisal of your item.  Items must be limited in size to something that can fit on your lap.  Items need not be antiques.  Jewelry, pottery, paintings are all welcome!

Tickets are $75 and include dinner.  Cash bar offerings will be available.  To purchase a ticket visit https://www.eventbrite.com.  Enter Oro Valley Historical Society  in the “Search Event” box at the top of the page.  Seating is limited. 

But wait there’s more!  There will be FOUR fabulous raffle prizes.  Tickets for the raffle are available ONLY by attending the event.  Prizes include a stay at a vacation time share in Pine Top, an original oil painting by local artist Gail Munden, dinner for two at the Oro Valley Country Club and a staycation at the El Conquistador Tucson!

All proceeds will benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society a 501(c)(3) non-for profit organization, Keeping Oro Valley History Alive!

For further information email:  Peg O’Connell at pegoconnell@ymail.com. and check our Events calendar on this website.

And again, a BIG THANK YOU to Chris DeSimone and Ed Alexander for taking the time to promote OVHS!

 

TOURS AND HIKES AND EVENTS….OH MY!

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If you haven’t checked the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) calendar lately you might be missing something special!  For all upcoming activities and details check out “Events” on this website.

Here are some highlights:

The remaining Saturdays in February will feature “Letters from an Army Airman” at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch.  The exhibit features correspondence written during WWII from Henry Zipf (grandson of George and Mathilda Pusch) to his mother, Gertrude Pusch Zipf.  The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is located at Steam Pump Ranch on Oracle Road.

Thursday, March 12 is our BIG ANNUAL event!  $$Priceless$$ – An Antiques Appraisal Event will take place at the Oro Valley Country Club at 5:00 p.m.  The event will feature Catherine Baron, M.A. of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals.  Formerly on the Antiques Roadshow, Catherine will evaluate lap-sized items brought in by ticket holders.  The event includes dinner (no host bar) and Catherine’s presentation highlighting some of the items brought to the event.  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through www. eventbrite.com Search Oro Valley Historical Society.  Last day to purchase tickets is March 6!  You can also contact Peg O’Connell for further information at pegoconnell@ymail.com.  All proceeds go to OVHS for ongoing projects.

On Monday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. Peter Spooner of Arizona Coins and Collectibles will discuss “Tokens in Arizona History” at the Oro Valley Public Library.

On Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. Jim Williams will lead a hike through Oro Valley Country Club Estates.  Jim will discuss the historic role of  OVCC Estates during the early development of Oro Valley.  Contact Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com to sign up.

Stop by The Oro Valley Historical Society booth on Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch during Farmer’s Market hours (9 to 1).  We can answer your questions about membership, volunteering and getting involved!

 

SaddleBrooke’s Phantom Gold

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Local historian, Bob Simpson, will discuss “Mining Law and Saddlebrooke’s Phantom Gold”.  Bob is a published author and has been a very popular speaker at OVHS lectures.  This lecture is a “golden” opportunity to learn about regional history.  In the early 1900s, Councilman Philip Contzen led an effort to gain rights to land in today’s SaddleBrooke area by filing bogus gold placer claims.  His audacious schemes ultimately failed but they did provide Tucson newspapers with years of interesting story lines.  Please note that this event is on a Monday.  We hope to see you at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10 at the Oro Valley Public Library.  This event is free. Spread the word!    Be sure to talk to one of the Oro Valley Historical Society members at the event to see how to get involved.

This is $$Priceless$$

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$$Priceless$$ An Antiques Appraisal Event
March 12

So you’ve taken on the task of cleaning out the storage unit and have come across that “thing” handed down from generation to generation.  Is it valuable…who knows?  Now you can find out!  The Oro Valley Historical Society presents, $$Priceless$$ – An Antiques Appraisal event on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Catherine Baron of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals (Certified Appraiser and formerly on the Antiques Roadshow) will give a verbal appraisal of your item.  Items must be limited in size to something that can fit on your lap.  Items need not be limited to antiques, but can include jewelry, paintings, pottery, and Native American art.  Catherine’s presentation will include discussion on unique pieces brought to the event.

The event will be held at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock, Oro Valley.  Tickets are $75 and include dinner.  Cash bar offerings will be available.  To purchase a ticket visit www.eventbrite.com.  Enter Oro Valley Historical Society  in the “Search Event” box at the top of the page.  Ticket sales end March 6! Seating is limited. Don’t want to get tickets via the internet or have a question; then contact Peg O’Connell to buy direct at pegoconnell@ymail.com (yes, ymail)

But wait there’s more!  There will be a raffle with fabulous prizes, including a stay at a Pine Top vacation property and an original oil painting by local artist, Gail Munden!   Raffle tickets will be sold ONLY at the event.

All proceeds will benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society a 501(c)(3) self-sustaining non-for-profit organization, Keeping Oro Valley History Alive!

For further information contact Peg O’Connell at pegoconnell@ymail.com.

History Hike – Elias Homestead

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Wednesday, February 19 – NW corner of Catalina State Park. Meet: 8:30 am – Equestrian Center, Catalina St. Park

 

What a great way to spend a morning!  Spread the word!

Hike:  Local writer and historian, Jim Williams will lead a hike in Catalina State Park.  Walk 3-4 miles (elevation change 50’) on sandy soil to the historic Elias homestead and back.  View and hear about homesteads and ruins in the area.  Time: about 3 hours.

Participants:  Limit of 20. Sign up on a first come, first served basis.  All must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place.

Contact to sign up:  Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com by Feb 17.

Entrance fee to Catalina State Park: Participants pay – $7 for a maximum of four persons in a car.

Gear: Wear hiking boots and a hat.  Bring water and sunscreen.

“Letters from an Army Airman” – February Exhibit

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The Pusch House at Steam Pump Ranch will feature an exhibit; “Letters from an Army Airman”.  Capturing a bit of February’s theme of Valentine’s Day and the exchange of correspondence to loved ones, the exhibit will feature letters from Henry George Zipf to his mother, Gertrude Pusch Zipf,  during the time of his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

Personal artifacts and family history will also be on display.  The exhibit will be open to the public on  Friday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (Friday night concert at Steam Pump Ranch), the “Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch”on February 8, February 15 and February 22 all from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.  Docents will be  available for tours through the house and to answer questions.  Suggested donation $5 with all proceeds to benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society.

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