New Library Display

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Be sure to stop by the Oro Valley Public Library to see the new display on the history of the blacksmith shop and Pump House located at Steam Pump Ranch.  Then visit Steam Pump Ranch on Second Saturdays.  February 9 there will be plenty going on!  Tours of the Pusch Ranch House featuring a display of the history of the Tully-Ochoa wagon attack, the Heirloom Farmers Market, music by Amber Norgaard, and demonstrations and children’s crafts in the Heritage Garden.

The Tully-Ochoa Wagon Attack

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Hope you didn’t miss the exhibit at Pusch Ranch House (Steam Pump Ranch, Oro Valley) detailing the Tully-Ochoa Wagon attack along the Canada del Oro.

Thank you to Peg O’Connell for researching and coordinating the display.

Remember the Pusch Ranch House is open for tours with exhibits from 9 to noon every Second Saturday through April.  Stop by to check out our local history!

If you have a love of local history, become a member of Oro Valley Historical Society.  Contact Carol Bull:  We hope you’ll join us!

We Want You!

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Calling all current and new members or those interested in volunteering with OVHS. Our first quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9 at 1 p.m. at the Pusch Ranch House in Steam Pump Ranch. If you love local history and want to learn more about opportunities to serve your community, join OVHS. There are opportunities to become a docent, fundraiser, collections assistant, and much more! Check our Facebook page (Oro Valley Historical Society) and this website for further updates. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For further information contact Carol Bull at

January Board Meeting

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The January OVHS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on January 24 at 3 p.m. at the Oro Valley Public Library.  Find out what’s happening.  The Oro Valley Historical Society has a great future in the works.  Become a member and find out how you can help!

December – January 2018-19 Newsletter

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December-January, 2018-19 Newsletter

Oro Valley Historical Society

P.O. Box 69754, Oro Valley AZ 85737

Upcoming Events 

January 9

Volunteer Training 1:00 pm to 2:30pm

Learn how you can help at OVHS!  This informational meeting will be held for current members and those interested in volunteering.  Meet at the Pusch Ranch House at Steam Pump Ranch.

Additional training will be held quarterly throughout the year on 2nd Wednesdays (January, April, July and October) and will continue in 2020.

Become a member and join in the effort to “Keep Oro Valley History Alive”.

January 12

Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch.  A variety of activities from 9 to noon including tours of the Pusch Ranch House, children’s craft and demonstration in the Heritage Garden, the Heirloom Farmer’s Market, and more!

The Second Saturday in January will feature information and a display on the Tully/Ochoa raid.  Stop by the Pusch Ranch House from 9:00-noon and discover local history.

OVHS Website

For up-to-the-minute information about the Society’s activities, be sure to visit our website:, and our Facebook page: Oro Valley Historical Society. “Share” the OVHS Facebookpage on your Facebook timeline!

We are in the process of improving our website and would like your feedback. Also, if you would like to submit a story, photo or event information, contact Teri Colmar at
Thanks to Teri for her work on the website!

Holiday Sales

The Holiday Sale has netted $ 159.00 thus far. All remaining items will be for sale on December 8th. After that, they will be donated to the Golden Goose. Thanks to Jo Di Gennaro for organizing these sales




Paul Loomis at our information booth

More Important News

News from the November Board Meeting

Jo Di Gennaro volunteered at the Town of Oro Valley’s Hayride event and received $ 85 that was donated to the Society…Al Efron has donated $ 5000 to the Society for engineering studies to be completed at Steam Pump Ranch. Thank you! … Joyce Rychener recently hosted a home school group for local history education at Steam Pump Ranch over a two-week period. The students ranged from 2nd grade through high school. Joyce noted that the wintercrops have been planted in the Heritage Garden…. Jim Williams donated $1200 from sales of his book, “Claiming the Desert”.

Collections Corner

The OVHS was recently notified by the Arizona State Historical Society that it is the recipient of an AHS Small Grant in the amount of $820 for the preservation and display of collection items.

Peg and Sue met with Kate Stewart – the Tucson Arizona Historical Museum Archivist – to review how to organize, catalog, file, store and preserve OVHS archival materials. Kate will visit the Tack Room in January 2019 to view the Collections and evaluate their past work.

New Oro Valley History Available

Board member Jim Williams has published a new history of Oro Valley from 1865 to 1965 entitled Claiming the Desert. This book is currently available on and at the Western National Parks Association.

Profits from the sales of this book go to the Oro Valley Historical Society.

For more information:


Thanks to Helen Cates for her presentation on the history of a platform cradle and child’s rocking chair at the Second Saturday in November and for her kind donation!



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