Fundraising Event: Wynne Brown Presentation

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Don’t miss a great opportunity to hear a great presentation!

“Ain’t no mountain High Enough!”

How Sara Plummer Lemmon Reached New Heights

Mount Lemmon towers above Oro Valley but what do you know about its namesake?  Sara Plummer Lemmon’s life will be subject of a presentation given by author Wynne Brown based on her book:  “The Forgotten Botanist, Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art”.

The event will benefit the ongoing programs of the Oro Valley Historical Society and take place at the Oro Valley Country Club (300 W. Greenock) on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $75 (non-refundable) and include a buffet dinner and a Door Prize raffle ticket.  Tickets purchased  February 5 OR LATER are $85.  .÷TICKET CAN BE PURCHASED ON THIS WEBSITE.  GO TO THE HOMEPAGE AND LOOK FOR THE RED TICKET.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Oro Valley Historical Society booth at the Farmer’s Market at Steam Pump Ranch on Saturdays from 9 to noon.

This is a perfect read and outing for book clubs and local history loving groups!  Wynne will be available to sell and sign books at the event. (And many thanks to Wynne for taking the time to do this event!)

There will also be fantastic raffle prizes (tickets for purchase at the event) including an overnight stay with spa service at El Conquistador, A Hilton Resort (many thanks to the El Conquistador for their generous donation).

One of the comments OVHS docents hear most often during exhibits and tours:  “I had no idea the Oro Valley area has such a wealth of history.”  Now you can learn the history of our beloved mountain and the woman who reached new heights!

Traditions, Toys and Trains!

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Get into the holiday spirit and visit the Pusch House Museum.  Beginning December 3, the Oro Valley Historical Society will feature “Traditions, Toys, and Trains” in the Pusch House Museum.  Discover a variety of holiday traditions, walk through the history of some of our favorite toys, and see how trains connect to the holiday season and influenced the Greater Oro Valley area.

The Pusch House Museum is open on Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. to Noon and located in Steam Pump Ranch Historical Park at 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley.   Walk to the far south end of the the property past the Farmer’s Market.

DON’T MISS the “LETTERS TO SANTA MAILBOX” on the porch of the museum (Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17) AND a visit from PAPA NOEL (the German Father Christmas) on December 17 from 10 a.m. to Noon!


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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”!

Steam Pump Ranch Tours

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Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are!


If you are looking for something to do OUTDOORS, look no further!


The Oro Valley Historical Society is presenting docent-guided tours of the Historic Steam Pump Ranch property on the second and fourth Saturdays in January, February, March and April!


Tours leave on the hour and every fifteen minutes thereafter, between 10 a.m. and Noon (the last tour).  COVID protocols are observed…you’ll need to answer a few questions, have your temperature taken, and wear a mask and socially distance during the tour.  Each tour is limited to 6 participants.  First come first serve…no reservations.  Check in at the south end of the Farmer’s Market ramada.  Look for the Oro Valley Historical Society tent.  Be sure to dress for the weather.  Suggested donation is $5 per person.  Take out a yearly membership (tax-deductible) on-site and the tour donation is waived!


What better way to learn the roots of your community, spend time outdoors and support the Oro valley Historical Society!  A great way for children to learn about the town…when it was a land of  Native Americans, homesteaders, and ranchers.


The Historic  Steam Pump Ranch is located at 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley.  For updates please visit the Oro Valley Historical Society Facebook page and our website


TOUR DATES:  January 9 and 23, February 13 and 27,

March 13 and 27, and April 10 and 24.




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It’s been a LONG 2020!  But we are happy to announce that the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) will be having a “round-up” at Steam Pump Ranch.  The Historic Steam Pump Ranch Park will be open for outdoor tours of the property on Saturday, December 12 and Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. until Noon (last tour departure).  The tour will include OVHS  docent guided talks that include an overview of Native Cultures that lived in the area, the Pusch Ranch House, the Steam Pump Building, the Proctor-Leiber House and the Heritage Garden.  Due to COVID the building interiors will NOT be open.  Tours will last about 50 minutes.

COVID protocols (i.e. masks, temperature, social distancing, health questions) will be necessary for tour participants. Tour groups will be limited to 6 and will leave approximately every 15 minutes.  First come first serve…no reservations. Be sure to dress for the weather. Suggested donation for the tour is $10 with all proceeds to benefit the continuing programs of the Oro Valley Historical Society.

If you still need some holiday gift and seasonal items, the OVHS will have a booth with books, holiday décor and miscellaneous items set-up at the tour check-in site.  Look for signs and the booth just south of the Farmer’s Market Ramada.

The Historic  Steam Pump Ranch is located at 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley.  For updates please visit the Oro Valley Historical Society Facebook page and our website

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