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Christkindlmarket Booth at Steam Pump Ranch

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See the Nutcrackers at our Christkindlmarket booth!

Many cities around the world have adopted the festive Christkindlmarket during the holiday season.  The fairy-like Christkind (grounded in German culture) visits children, bestowing gifts to them once they are in bed and fast asleep. Thus, Christkindlmarkets celebrate German culture and feature “Old World” gifts, food and activities.

As many of you know, George Pusch and John Zellweger established Steam Pump Ranch in 1874.  George was an immigrant from Germany and John hailed from Switzerland.  The Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) decided to celebrate their Germanic heritage this holiday season. As a result, we are presenting our first Christkindlmarket!

The Pusch House will be decorated in traditional German holiday style.  Tours will be given and exhibits will feature the Pusch family history.  Our Christkindlmarket booth will offer unique ornaments of many holiday traditions including; German, Native American, and Southwest.  Buy a great hostess gift, trimmings for your tree and even something for the pooch! There will be some yummy treats (while they last) and activities for the kids, too!

So, mark your calendars!  The Pusch House and Christkindlmarket booth will be open on Saturdays beginning November 9 through December 21 from 9 a.m. to Noon and on Second Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with local history, traditions, and your community.  We hope to see you there!  And it’s free (but donations are always appreciated)!

 

Jim Williams to talk on Compelling Characters in OV

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Local author and historian, Jim Williams, will present a talk on “Compelling Characters in Oro Valley History.  There were more than a few so if you want to get a bit of local color and learn about Oro Valley personalities, you’ll enjoy Jim’s lecture.  The talk will take place at the Western National Parks Association on Wednesday, May 8th at noon and 2:00 pm.  The event is open to the public but reservations are required and can be made one week in advance (520-622-6014).

You won’t want to miss this!

                       

OVHS at Celebrate Oro Valley!

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We hope you didn’t miss all the activity at Steam Pump Ranch on Saturday! It was a picture perfect day…the crowd will attest to that. Celebrate Oro Valley (the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Oro Valley) was a huge success! The Pusch House was open and OVHS docents hosted hundreds of visitors who moseyed in to see the historical exhibits of local cattle ranching. The Heritage Garden was full of family activities and demonstrations of branding. The Procter-Leiber House had displays of family memorabilia from the 1930s and later. Our table hosts answered many questions about the OVHS and sold a number of Jim Click Millions for Tucson raffle tickets (all proceeds benefiting OVHS), and books (Claiming the Desert, written by Jim Williams). Thank you to all of our precious volunteer members for making this such a special day! It’s never too late to join the fun! If you’d like to become an OVHS member stop by the next meeting on Thursday, April 25 at the Pusch House at Steam Pump Ranch at 3 p.m. or check the website event page and “Join” page for further information.

 

BIG Events THIS week!

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It’s a busy week for Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS)! On Wednesday, April 10 there’s a volunteer/member gathering at Steam Pump Ranch. Be there at 2 p.m. for an overview of OVHS and membership and volunteering. There’s an opportunity for every interest! Meet at the Pusch House.
On Saturday, April 13 wish Oro Valley a Happy Birthday as the town celebrates 45 years since its founding. All the Celebrate Oro Valley activity will take place at Steam Pump Ranch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’ll be musical entertainment, equestrian demonstrations, food, and the artisan and farmer’s market. But wait there’s more! OVHS will have Pusch House tours with new exhibits featuring the history of cattle ranching in our area. The Heritage Garden will have great family activities and demonstrations also centered on ranching and the “PZ brand” of Steam Pump Ranch.
Stop at the OVHS Booth where our volunteers can give you the low down on Steam Pump Ranch. If you join OVHS between April 10 and May 11 you’ll be eligible to win a gift certificate for Harvest Restaurant! While you’re at the booth, don’t forget to buy a Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle ticket. Prizes include a Jeep Grand Cherokee (you might even get a glimpse of it on Saturday), 2 Round-trip First Class tickets anywhere in the world, or $5000. All prizes are courtesy of Jim Click and ALL proceeds from the tickets we sell go directly to OVHS.
We hope to see you….back at the (Steam Pump)Ranch!

Celebrate Oro Valley/April 13

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Join the Celebration on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Steam Pump Ranch!

A celebration for the community we love!  This year’s theme, “Our Legacy, Our Future,” will highlight the region’s early beginnings through the present, with a look toward the future.  Many of the activities will focus on our ranching past.  Stop by the Heritage Garden for demonstrations of “branding”.  Children can make a stick riding horse or bull at the crafts table.

The Pusch House will feature unique displays and information regarding ranching at Steam Pump Ranch and the Oro Valley area.  Roam around the house on a self-tour or let our docents guide you through.  Donations are greatly appreciated and the main source of our income to “Keep Oro Valley History Alive”!

But wait there’s more!  Three musical acts, horse demonstrations, the James D. Kriegh meteorite display and an art show.  Be sure to stop by the Oro Valley Historical Society tent to buy “Claiming the Desert”, by Jim Williams, notecards, water and a Jim Click “Millions for Tucson” Raffle ticket.  Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 for a chance to win a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2 First Class roundtrip tickets to ANYWHERE in the world, or $5000.  ALL proceeds from the ticket sales go to OVHS!

What a great family-friendly way to spend the day…don’t miss it!

And one more thing…if you’d like to become a volunteer for this or any of the Oro Valley Historical Society events or activities contact Carol Bull at carolpfc@icloud.com.

Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch

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Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch March 9

March 9 @ 9:00 AM1:00 PM

The weather is warmer and there’s much to enjoy outdoors!  Make this the Saturday you stop by Steam Pump Ranch.  The Oro Valley Historical Society is ready and waiting to give you a tour of the Pusch House (PH) with new displays.  The Heritage Garden has hands-on demonstrations and will be in full bloom!  Tours of Pusch House take place from 9 to Noon.  Stay and enjoy the outdoor entertainment ’til 1 p.m.

The OVHS tent at Steam Pump Ranch

Be sure you stop by the OVHS tent to purchase a Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle ticket.  This is your chance to win a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Summit, two round-trip, first-class airline tickets to ANYWHERE in the world or $5000 in cash!  OVHS through the generosity of Jim Click will get to keep ALL the proceeds from the raffle tickets we sell. A great way to support OVHS and your community by purchasing a $25 ticket AND you get an opportunity to win a great prize!

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