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!

 

TOURS AND HIKES AND EVENTS….OH MY!

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If you haven’t checked the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) calendar lately you might be missing something special!  For all upcoming activities and details check out “Events” on this website.

Here are some highlights:

The remaining Saturdays in February will feature “Letters from an Army Airman” at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch.  The exhibit features correspondence written during WWII from Henry Zipf (grandson of George and Mathilda Pusch) to his mother, Gertrude Pusch Zipf.  The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is located at Steam Pump Ranch on Oracle Road.

Thursday, March 12 is our BIG ANNUAL event!  $$Priceless$$ – An Antiques Appraisal Event will take place at the Oro Valley Country Club at 5:00 p.m.  The event will feature Catherine Baron, M.A. of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals.  Formerly on the Antiques Roadshow, Catherine will evaluate lap-sized items brought in by ticket holders.  The event includes dinner (no host bar) and Catherine’s presentation highlighting some of the items brought to the event.  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through www. eventbrite.com Search Oro Valley Historical Society.  Last day to purchase tickets is March 6!  You can also contact Peg O’Connell for further information at pegoconnell@ymail.com.  All proceeds go to OVHS for ongoing projects.

On Monday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. Peter Spooner of Arizona Coins and Collectibles will discuss “Tokens in Arizona History” at the Oro Valley Public Library.

On Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. Jim Williams will lead a hike through Oro Valley Country Club Estates.  Jim will discuss the historic role of  OVCC Estates during the early development of Oro Valley.  Contact Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com to sign up.

Stop by The Oro Valley Historical Society booth on Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch during Farmer’s Market hours (9 to 1).  We can answer your questions about membership, volunteering and getting involved!

 

SaddleBrooke’s Phantom Gold

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Local historian, Bob Simpson, will discuss “Mining Law and Saddlebrooke’s Phantom Gold”.  Bob is a published author and has been a very popular speaker at OVHS lectures.  This lecture is a “golden” opportunity to learn about regional history.  In the early 1900s, Councilman Philip Contzen led an effort to gain rights to land in today’s SaddleBrooke area by filing bogus gold placer claims.  His audacious schemes ultimately failed but they did provide Tucson newspapers with years of interesting story lines.  Please note that this event is on a Monday.  We hope to see you at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10 at the Oro Valley Public Library.  This event is free. Spread the word!    Be sure to talk to one of the Oro Valley Historical Society members at the event to see how to get involved.

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