Native American Heritage Month

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It’s a new month and a new exhibit!  November OVHS celebrates Native American Heritage Month.  Explore Native American history and culture that is part of the fabric of our local area.  The exhibit is open to the public at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley) November 5, 12, and 26 from 9 to Noon.  The museum is at the far south end of the ranch behind the Farmer’s Market area.


We hope to see you!

Apache Burden Basket

October Exhibit!

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New Month, New Exhibit!
It’s October and that means there is a new exhibit at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch – Where Cultures Meet. This month OVHS is celebrating Hispanic and German Heritage. Find out about the Pusch Family, early Oro Valley Homesteaders, and Hispanic and German traditions that even have some commonalities. Stop by the museum on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of October from 9 to Noon. (Don’t forget OVHS offers walking tours of Steam Pump Ranch on the third Saturdays of each month through April from 9 to noon…the museum is NOT open on the 3rd Saturday). We hope to see you!


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OVHS Wants You! We Really Do!

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Do you have a few spare hours a week?  Do you love history…local history?  Do you want to share Oro Valley’s rich past with other members of the community?
If you said “YES”, then enlist as a volunteer with the Oro Valley Historical Society!
We are getting ready for our new program year and now it’s time for “All hands on deck!”
There are plenty of opportunities including: docents for the Pusch House Museum and Steam Pump Ranch tours, hosts for the OVHS booth at Steam Pump Ranch, garden assistants for the Heritage Garden, exhibit coordinators and more.
If interested, click “Volunteer” on the home page of this website!
Training for docents, hosts and/or any volunteer position will take place on
Tuesday, September 13 at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch.  More details/time are available when you respond with your area of interest.
With your help…

The Oro Valley Historical Society Board of Directors
Henry Zipf, President
Roxy Johnson, Vice-President
Paul Loomis, Treasurer
Sue Chambasian, Teri Colmar, Twink Monrad and Joyce Rychener – Directors



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The Oro Valley Historical Society is happy to announce that our popular Steam Pump Ranch Property Tour will resume on Saturday, September 17.  Tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and leave every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 11:30 a.m.  Tours are approximately 45 minutes.

The Steam Pump Ranch Property Tours are on the third Saturday of each month; September, October, November, January, February, March, and April.  No reservations are needed for the Saturday tours.  Sign-up at the Oro Valley Historical Society hospitality booth.  Look for our banner and booth at the south end of the Farmer’s Market area.

Please note that tours of the property are on uneven terrain and gravel surfaces and cover a circuit of about 1/2 of a mile.

Please note that the Pusch House Museum is NOT open during property tour Saturdays.

Suggested donation: $5.00

If you would like to arrange for a private group tour (i.e. Scouts, school groups, clubs, etc.) please contact: or leave a message on our Facebook page or message “Contact” on this website.

Grand Opening – New Season! Saturday, September 10

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We are thrilled to announce that our new program year is around the corner!  We have been busy during the summer planning for an exciting year of exhibits and surprises!

The Town of Oro Valley is completing work on the installation of fire suppression and security systems that will keep the Pusch House safe and in compliance with requirements to allow Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) to borrow artifacts from other history museums.

Our kick-off will be on Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon!  The Pusch House Museum exhibit will feature a new addition to the OVHS collection – A Place In Time.  These timeline panels give a synopsis of the Greater Oro Valley area and Steam Pump Ranch history.  You have got to see it to believe it!  The panels will remain on display as part of the Oro Valley Historical Society’s permanent collection at the Pusch House.

If you love local history, this is a must!  Refreshments will be served on the porch.  Suggested donation is $5.

While you are at the museum, we hope you will consider becoming an Oro Valley Historical Society member/volunteer and help us “Keep Oro Valley History Alive”!

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