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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.

What’s in your storage?

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Are you cleaning out a closet, garage, or Grandma’s attic?  Perhaps you have an antique that’s too good to throw away but doesn’t have a home with you any longer.  The Oro Valley Historical Society’s Collection Committee is seeking items that might have some local historical significance from the early 1900s that could be displayed at the Pusch Ranch House and/or the Oro Valley Public Library or used as reference materials to do historical research.

Please contact Sue Chambasian at to set up an appointment to have your item reviewed by one of our Collections committee members.  Thank you for keeping Oro Valley history alive!

Don’t let time run out!

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Don’t let time run out to buy your Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle ticket!

All proceeds from our ticket sales benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society.  Tickets can be purchased at the OVHS tent at Steam Pump Ranch this Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to Noon.   Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.

Second Saturday is around the corner!

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Don’t forget there’s always a reason to stop by the OVHS tent at Steam Pump Ranch on Second Saturdays from 9 to 1.  Saturday, November 10 will feature a “yard sale” of gently used holiday items and other goodies, Jim Click raffle tickets, and friendly volunteers to greet you. Docents will guide you through the recently renovated Pusch Ranch House.  November 10 will also feature a Lunchtime book discussion by Jim Williams at 12 noon.  Check the event page for further information.  Hope to see you at the ranch!

Book Talk/Potluck November 10

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What was in Oro Valley before golf courses, bike trails and suburbia?

Find out on Saturday, November 10 when Jim Williams discusses his new book;  “Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865-1965″.  The talk will take place at historic Steam Pump Ranch at 12 noon.  Bring a potluck dish to serve 6.

Books will be available for purchase!

“Claiming the Desert” by James Williams

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Jim Williams will be at Steam Pump Ranch on Saturday, September 8 from 9 to noon autographing his recently released book, Claiming the Desert.  It focuses on the history of Oro Valley from 1865-1965.  Jim will have books available for purchase.  They are also available on Amazon.  All profits from the book are being generously donated by Jim to OVHS!

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