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Summer Library Display

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While you visit the Oro Valley Public Library to pick-up your summer reading, browse our new display.   Continuing the “Celebrate Oro Valley” theme, the OVHS Collection team put together an exhibit of local cattle ranching.  Kudos to Sue Chambasian for coordinating the display with the helping hands of Twink Monrad and Teri Colmar.

    Summer Library Display

Want to join OVHS?  There are brochures at the library display case or contact Carol Bull: carolpfc@icloud.com

Ranchin’ Library Display

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.

 

COME ON DOWN!

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Interested in volunteering? It’s only 8 days away! The Oro Valley Historical Society is hosting an informational meeting for volunteers on Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at Steam Pump Ranch. Find out about the variety of volunteer positions we offer. It’s fun, educational, and friendly! For more information contact Carol Bull at carolpfc@icloud.com or just “COME ON DOWN” to Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle, Oro Valley) and “sit a spell”. Meet  at the Pusch House at the south end of the ranch. Our Volunteers are Worth Their Weight in Oro!

 

It’s Membership Time

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Don’t forget to renew your Oro Valley Historical Society Membership!  Our membership year is March to March.  The best time to renew will be at the Annual Meeting on March 28 at Pusch House at Steam Pump Ranch.

Meeting site

Be there at 3:00 for the meeting and also enjoy a presentation by our board member and local historian, Jim Williams.  Individual membership is $20 and Family Membership is $30.  As an all volunteer self-sustaining organization your membership dues help with our operating costs and collections presentations.

Not a member?  You don’t know what you’re missing!  Meet people, learn about our local history and serve your community by helping to “Keep Oro Valley History Alive”.

We hope to see you at the Ranch!

February 9…It’s Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch!

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Join your neighbors and mosey over to Steam Pump Ranch for Second Saturday activities on Saturday, February 9 from 9am to 1pm.  There’s the Heirloom Farmers Market with lots of produce coming into season, demonstrations by Archaeology SW and crafts for kids in the Heritage Garden and tours of the Pusch Ranch House (PRH).  Be sure to stop by the PRH and see the history display regarding the Tully-Ochoa Wagon attack.  Did you know it happened right here in our neck of the desert?  Docents will also take you on a tour of the PRH and provide local history.  Interested in joining OVHS or learning more about us?  Then visit our tent and let us fill you in.  Our Volunteers Are Worth Their Weight in Oro!

Historic Steam Pump Ranch

Bob Simpson Lectures on the Sutherlands of Oro Valley

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Local historian, Bob Simpson, will give a talk on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Oro Valley Public Library at 2:00 p.m. focusing on the Sutherland family of Oro Valley.  The family lived in Catalina State Park.  The Sutherland Wash and Sutherland Trail were named after them.  Who knows perhaps a surprise namesake guest or two might attend the lecture.

Bob Simpson is a retired Foreign Service Officer and is publishing a two-volume history of the area from Catalina State Park to the Biosphere.

Interested in becoming part of OVHS? Be sure to talk to one of our members at the event.  Though the event is free, we appreciate donations to OVHS to continue our work for the community!

At the base of the Santa Catalinas in Catalina State Park

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