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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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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THIS IS IT!  It has been a spectacular OVHS program year from September through April.  On Saturday, April 9 the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) will feature “Celebrate Oro Valley, Celebrate Oro Valley Historical Society” with an exhibit at the Pusch House from 9 to 2.  Note the Pusch House Museum will be open two hours longer to coincide with Town of Oro Valley activities at Steam Pump Ranch.  Also note this is the LAST day for exhibits at the Pusch House Museum until September.

The Pusch House Museum exhibit will include displays on former owners and residents of Steam Pump Ranch.  It will also present the history of horses in the southwest to coordinate with Town “Celebrate Oro Valley” activities and a brief history of the OVHS (and how you can get involved).  We hope to see you at this last BIG celebration of the year!

Steam Pump Ranch and the Pusch House Museum is located at 10901 N. Oracle Road.

Annual Membership Meeting

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Come One, Come All,

The Annual Meeting of the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Pusch House at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 No. Oracle – south end of property).  There will be a short meeting and election of board members.  After the meeting, you will have the opportunity to see the current exhibit in the Pusch House Museum, “Wonder Women of Oro Valley and Beyond”, renew your membership, sign-up for volunteer positions, and chat with board members.

Hope to see you!


The OVHS Board of Directors,

Henry Zipf, President

Roxy Johnson, Vice-President

Paul Loomis, Treasurer

Teri Colmar, Secretary

Sue Chambasian, Collections

Joyce Rychener, Heritage Garden

Sheri Graves, Photography

New Exhibit Celebrates Women’s History in Oro Valley

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Don’t miss this! March is Women’s History Month and Oro Valley Historical Society has a great new exhibit at the Pusch House.
“Wonder Women of Oro Valley and Beyond” features women of Oro Valley and the Greater Oro Valley area, their accomplishments and interesting histories. What do you know about Ina Gittings (as in Ina Road), Catherine Reidy, the Rattlesnake Queen, and the five Pusch women, Mathilda, Gertrude, Wilhelmina, Henrietta, and Maybelle? The exhibit is in the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Road). It is open Saturday, March 19 from 9 to 11 and Saturday, March 26 from 9 to Noon. Suggested donation $5. Discover your local history…you’ll never know what you will find!
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