OVHS Wants You! We Really Do!

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Do you have a few spare hours a week?  Do you love history…local history?  Do you want to share Oro Valley’s rich past with other members of the community?
If you said “YES”, then enlist as a volunteer with the Oro Valley Historical Society!
We are getting ready for our new program year and now it’s time for “All hands on deck!”
There are plenty of opportunities including: docents for the Pusch House Museum and Steam Pump Ranch tours, hosts for the OVHS booth at Steam Pump Ranch, garden assistants for the Heritage Garden, exhibit coordinators and more.
If interested, click “Volunteer” on the home page of this website!
Training for docents, hosts and/or any volunteer position will take place on
Tuesday, September 13 at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch.  More details/time are available when you respond with your area of interest.
With your help…

The Oro Valley Historical Society Board of Directors
Henry Zipf, President
Roxy Johnson, Vice-President
Paul Loomis, Treasurer
Sue Chambasian, Teri Colmar, Twink Monrad and Joyce Rychener – Directors



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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”!


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THIS IS IT!  It has been a spectacular OVHS program year from September through April.  On Saturday, April 9 the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) will feature “Celebrate Oro Valley, Celebrate Oro Valley Historical Society” with an exhibit at the Pusch House from 9 to 2.  Note the Pusch House Museum will be open two hours longer to coincide with Town of Oro Valley activities at Steam Pump Ranch.  Also note this is the LAST day for exhibits at the Pusch House Museum until September.

The Pusch House Museum exhibit will include displays on former owners and residents of Steam Pump Ranch.  It will also present the history of horses in the southwest to coordinate with Town “Celebrate Oro Valley” activities and a brief history of the OVHS (and how you can get involved).  We hope to see you at this last BIG celebration of the year!

Steam Pump Ranch and the Pusch House Museum is located at 10901 N. Oracle Road.

Annual Membership Meeting

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Come One, Come All,

The Annual Meeting of the Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Pusch House at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 No. Oracle – south end of property).  There will be a short meeting and election of board members.  After the meeting, you will have the opportunity to see the current exhibit in the Pusch House Museum, “Wonder Women of Oro Valley and Beyond”, renew your membership, sign-up for volunteer positions, and chat with board members.

Hope to see you!


The OVHS Board of Directors,

Henry Zipf, President

Roxy Johnson, Vice-President

Paul Loomis, Treasurer

Teri Colmar, Secretary

Sue Chambasian, Collections

Joyce Rychener, Heritage Garden

Sheri Graves, Photography

New Exhibit Celebrates Women’s History in Oro Valley

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Don’t miss this! March is Women’s History Month and Oro Valley Historical Society has a great new exhibit at the Pusch House.
“Wonder Women of Oro Valley and Beyond” features women of Oro Valley and the Greater Oro Valley area, their accomplishments and interesting histories. What do you know about Ina Gittings (as in Ina Road), Catherine Reidy, the Rattlesnake Queen, and the five Pusch women, Mathilda, Gertrude, Wilhelmina, Henrietta, and Maybelle? The exhibit is in the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Road). It is open Saturday, March 19 from 9 to 11 and Saturday, March 26 from 9 to Noon. Suggested donation $5. Discover your local history…you’ll never know what you will find!
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