Thank You to our Event Sponsors!

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The Oro Valley Historical Society greatly appreciates the support of the Lisa Bayless Team at Long Realty for contributing to the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!” fundraising event at the Master Gardener Level of $1000 and The Colmar Family Foundation at the Gardener Level of $500.

Proceeds from the event will allow the Oro Valley Historical Society to fulfill its mission to promote research, preservation, education, and dissemination of history related to the Greater Oro Valley Area.  It will allow OVHS to continue exhibits, lectures, tours and programs in service to the Oro Valley community.

We thank the Lisa Bayless Team @ Long Realty and the Colmar Family Foundation for helping with this effort!

The Road to Arizona Statehood!

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The Road to Arizona Statehood was a long trek!  On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1912 it became the 48th State of the Union and the last state to be admitted to the continental United States.

Discover the details of statehood and how George Pusch is connected.  See a flag with 48 stars on display in the exhibit.

The museum is open on Saturdays from 9 to Noon.  A $5 donation is requested.

Fundraising Event: Wynne Brown Presentation

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Don’t miss a great opportunity to hear a great presentation!

“Ain’t no mountain High Enough!”

How Sara Plummer Lemmon Reached New Heights

Mount Lemmon towers above Oro Valley but what do you know about its namesake?  Sara Plummer Lemmon’s life will be subject of a presentation given by author Wynne Brown based on her book:  “The Forgotten Botanist, Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art”.

The event will benefit the ongoing programs of the Oro Valley Historical Society and take place at the Oro Valley Country Club (300 W. Greenock) on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $75 (non-refundable) and include a buffet dinner and a Door Prize raffle ticket.  Tickets purchased  February 5 OR LATER are $85.  .÷TICKET CAN BE PURCHASED ON THIS WEBSITE.  GO TO THE HOMEPAGE AND LOOK FOR THE RED TICKET.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Oro Valley Historical Society booth at the Farmer’s Market at Steam Pump Ranch on Saturdays from 9 to noon.

This is a perfect read and outing for book clubs and local history loving groups!  Wynne will be available to sell and sign books at the event. (And many thanks to Wynne for taking the time to do this event!)

There will also be fantastic raffle prizes (tickets for purchase at the event) including an overnight stay with spa service at El Conquistador, A Hilton Resort (many thanks to the El Conquistador for their generous donation).

One of the comments OVHS docents hear most often during exhibits and tours:  “I had no idea the Oro Valley area has such a wealth of history.”  Now you can learn the history of our beloved mountain and the woman who reached new heights!

Traditions, Toys and Trains!

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Get into the holiday spirit and visit the Pusch House Museum.  Beginning December 3, the Oro Valley Historical Society will feature “Traditions, Toys, and Trains” in the Pusch House Museum.  Discover a variety of holiday traditions, walk through the history of some of our favorite toys, and see how trains connect to the holiday season and influenced the Greater Oro Valley area.

The Pusch House Museum is open on Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. to Noon and located in Steam Pump Ranch Historical Park at 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley.   Walk to the far south end of the the property past the Farmer’s Market.

DON’T MISS the “LETTERS TO SANTA MAILBOX” on the porch of the museum (Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17) AND a visit from PAPA NOEL (the German Father Christmas) on December 17 from 10 a.m. to Noon!

Steam Pump Ranch Walking Tours!

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You might have driven along Oracle road and passed Steam Pump Ranch a thousand times and wondered….what is that?  You might have visited the Heirloom Farmer’s Market and never gotten past the last food truck to see the Pusch House Museum.  You might not know that Steam Pump Ranch is an “Historical Park” and on the National Registry of Historic Places.

You might not know that walking tours of Steam Pump Ranch are available and can answer many of the questions you have about the property!  The Oro Valley Historical Society offers walking tours of the property on the THIRD Saturdays of November (17), January (21), February (18), March (18) and April (15).

Tours are conducted from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and leave every 15 minutes.   Sign-up at the Oro Valley Historical Society booth at the south end of the Farmer’s Market.  Look for our banner!  Please note the docent guided tours are about 45 minutes on uneven terrain. Dress for the weather!

We hope to see you and answer all your questions about Steam Pump Ranch Historical Park!

Suggested donation $5.

Native American Heritage Month

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It’s a new month and a new exhibit!  November OVHS celebrates Native American Heritage Month.  Explore Native American history and culture that is part of the fabric of our local area.  The exhibit is open to the public at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley) November 5, 12, and 26 from 9 to Noon.  The museum is at the far south end of the ranch behind the Farmer’s Market area.


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