TOURS OF THE STEAM PUMP RANCH PROPERTY

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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: tcolmar@comcast.net 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 ovhistory.org.

 

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

March 13 and 27, and April 10 and 24.

 

 

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH….TOURS!

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MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH!

 

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 ovhistory.org.

Don’t miss this Special Event! It’s $$Priceless$$

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$$Priceless$$ An Antiques Appraisal Event
March 12

So you’ve taken on the task of cleaning out the storage unit and have come across that “thing” handed down from generation to generation.  Is it valuable…who knows?  Now you can find out!  The Oro Valley Historical Society presents, $$Priceless$$ – An Antiques Appraisal event on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Catherine Baron of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals (Certified Appraiser and formerly on the Antiques Roadshow) will give a verbal appraisal of your item.  Items must be limited in size to something that can fit on your lap.  Items need not be limited to antiques, but can include jewelry, paintings, pottery, and Native American art.  Catherine’s presentation will include discussion on unique pieces brought to the event.

The event will be held at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock, Oro Valley.  Tickets are $75 and include dinner.  Cash bar offerings will be available.  To purchase a ticket visit www.eventbrite.com.  Enter Oro Valley Historical Society  in the “Search Event” box at the top of the page.  TICKET SALES END ON MARCH 6! Seating is limited. Don’t want to get tickets via the internet or have a question; then contact Peg O’Connell to buy direct at pegoconnell@ymail.com (yes, ymail)

But wait there’s more!  There will be a raffle with fabulous prizes, including a stay at a Pine Top vacation property and an original oil painting by local artist, Gail Munden!   Raffle tickets will be sold ONLY at the event.

All proceeds will benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society a 501(c)(3) self-sustaining non-for-profit organization, Keeping Oro Valley History Alive!

For further information contact Peg O’Connell at pegoconnell@ymail.com.

Thank you KVOI 1030AM WakeUp Tucson

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Where were you Monday, February 24 at 7:00 a.m.?  Peg O’Connell and Teri Colmar were at the KVOI 1030AM studios with Chris DeSimone!  Chris graciously gave us a time slot to talk about the Oro Valley Historical Society and specifically our upcoming event:  $$Priceless$$ on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock, Oro Valley.

The event will feature Catherine Baron of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals (Certified Appraiser and formerly on the Antiques Roadshow) who will give a talk on antiques followed by a verbal appraisal of your item.  Items must be limited in size to something that can fit on your lap.  Items need not be antiques.  Jewelry, pottery, paintings are all welcome!

Tickets are $75 and include dinner.  Cash bar offerings will be available.  To purchase a ticket visit https://www.eventbrite.com.  Enter Oro Valley Historical Society  in the “Search Event” box at the top of the page.  Seating is limited. 

But wait there’s more!  There will be FOUR fabulous raffle prizes.  Tickets for the raffle are available ONLY by attending the event.  Prizes include a stay at a vacation time share in Pine Top, an original oil painting by local artist Gail Munden, dinner for two at the Oro Valley Country Club and a staycation at the El Conquistador Tucson!

All proceeds will benefit the Oro Valley Historical Society a 501(c)(3) non-for profit organization, Keeping Oro Valley History Alive!

For further information email:  Peg O’Connell at pegoconnell@ymail.com. and check our Events calendar on this website.

And again, a BIG THANK YOU to Chris DeSimone and Ed Alexander for taking the time to promote OVHS!

 

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