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“Second Saturday” December at Steam Pump Ranch

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George and Mathilda wishing you a Merry Christmas!

The hidden pickle…the children loved it.

Waiting for snow in the desert.

Gifts for the Pusch children

A blooming pomegranate just outside the Pusch Ranch House kitchen door.




An ancient method of firing pottery.


Alan Day speaking about the Lazy B Ranch and family tales.


Save the date for the Quarterly Meeting!

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Calling all current and new members or those interested in volunteering with OVHS! Our first quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9 at 1 p.m. at the Pusch Ranch House in Steam Pump Ranch. If you love local history and want to learn more about opportunities to serve your community, join OVHS! Check our Facebook page (Oro Valley Historical Society) and this website for further updates.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch

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You won’t want to miss the activity at Steam Pump Ranch on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stop by the OVHS tent and say “hi” to our volunteers!  They can give you information about OVHS and how we “Keep Oro Valley History Alive”.  You can also browse an array of gently used seasonal items to make your holiday bright!

Then take a tour of the Pusch Ranch House.  This month will feature an early 2oth century holiday theme.

Children can enjoy craft activities in the Heritage Garden from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

At high noon a talk will be given by Alan Day, brother of Sandra Day O’Connor.  He will discuss life on the Day Ranch in Arizona and his quest to save wild mustangs.

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
QUEST for Drama’s live radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Adapted for radio-on-stage by Tony Palermo, Arranged by Johnathan Green and Directed by Rachel Dircks.
QUEST for Drama knows that “Drama is truly beneficial for children” so please come support this great group of young people as they get you in the Christmas spirit with this Holiday classic.

Take advantage of Steam Pump Ranch our community gem and all it has to offer!

Gayle Hartmann/Tucson Presidio Talk

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Take a relaxing break from the holiday hubbub and join the OVHS for a presentation by Gayle Hartmann!  Gayle will speak on the topic of “Recapturing Our Spanish Past” with a focus on the history of the Tucson Presidio.  Find out more about the unique history of our city and the preservation of this historic gem.  Gayle has spent the last 35 years working in a variety of archeological arenas throughout southern Arizona.

The discussion will take place at the Oro Valley Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.  This talk is free and open to the public.  Donations to OVHS are appreciated.

Book Discussion at WNPA

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If you’re new to Oro Valley or have yet to find out what was here before golf courses, shopping centers, and housing developments, this is your chance to satiate your curiosity!

Add Saturday, December 8 to your calendar for a book talk by Jim Williams.  Jim will discuss his new book, “Claiming the Desert;  Settlers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona 1865-1965” at the Western National Parks Association.  Call one week prior to reserve a seat for the 12 noon or the 2:00 p.m. presentation. 520-622-6014

The books are available at Western National Parks Association, on and from the author on Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch.

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