This is $$Priceless$$

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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 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.

History Hike – Elias Homestead

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Wednesday, February 19 – NW corner of Catalina State Park. Meet: 8:30 am – Equestrian Center, Catalina St. Park

 

What a great way to spend a morning!  Spread the word!

Hike:  Local writer and historian, Jim Williams will lead a hike in Catalina State Park.  Walk 3-4 miles (elevation change 50’) on sandy soil to the historic Elias homestead and back.  View and hear about homesteads and ruins in the area.  Time: about 3 hours.

Participants:  Limit of 20. Sign up on a first come, first served basis.  All must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place.

Contact to sign up:  Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com by Feb 17.

Entrance fee to Catalina State Park: Participants pay – $7 for a maximum of four persons in a car.

Gear: Wear hiking boots and a hat.  Bring water and sunscreen.

Ticket Sales Begin for “$$Priceless$$

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IT’S TIME!!  You can now buy tickets to our special event: “$$Priceless$$ – An Antiques Appraisal Event” to be held on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at Oro Valley Country Club and feature Catherine Baron MA, formerly an appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow”.   Tickets are $75 per person and includes dinner (cash bar) and verbal appraisal of one lap-sized item. Catherine will select a few items to discuss in detail with the audience.

But wait there’s more! You can purchase raffle tickets for prizes including; a vacation stay at a time share, original painting by local artist Gail Munden, dinner for 2 at Oro Valley Country Club and one more “surprise “ item.

Tickets are sold on EVENTBRITE.com. “Search” Oro Valley Historical Society in the Search events box at the top of the page.
Tickets are limited to 150…don’t miss out on a fun event!

All proceeds are to benefit ongoing programs of the Oro Valley Historical Society an independent 501(c)(3) self-sustaining volunteer organization.

For more information contact Peg O’Connell at pegoconnell@ymail.com or use Facebook messenger at the Oro Valley Historical Society Facebook page.

Thank You for Supporting OVHS!

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We wish to thank all of you volunteered at the Christkindlmarket booth, visited the Pusch House, purchased items from our booth and gave donations!  We had record crowds touring the Pusch House on Saturdays from November 9 through December 21.  Some tourists were “first-time” visitors while others were regulars who enjoyed seeing the new displays.  Most often, folks commented that the Pusch House Museum and Steam Pump Ranch are Oro Valley’s hidden gems and that they would like to see more activity/events at the property as well as continued restoration.

Please let the Historic Preservation Commission, the Town of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department and Town Council members know if you would like to see more progress at Steam Pump Ranch.  In the meantime, the Oro Valley Historical Society will continue our liaison with the town and offer new exhibits and tours TWICE a month on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month through April.  Check the calendar and our Facebook page for further information.

 

History Hikes!

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History Hikes for January – March 2020

Oro Valley Historical Society

 

Wednesday, January 22 – Honey Bee Canyon and Homesteader Ruins. Meet:  8:30 am at Honey Bee Canyon parking lot on Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Participants:  Limit of 20. Sign up on a first come, first served basis.  All must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place.

Contact to sign up:  Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com by January 20.

Hike:  3-4 miles total with 200’ elevation change.  Walk in sandy Honey Bee Canyon and then along the CDO Wash.  Hear about early settlers in the area. Return the same way.   Time about 3 hours.

Gear: Wear hiking boots and a hat. Bring water and sunscreen.

 

Wednesday, February 19 – NW corner of Catalina State Park. Meet: 8:30 am – Equestrian Center, Catalina St. Park

Participants:  Limit of 20. Sign up on a first come, first served basis.  All must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place.

Contact to sign up:  Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com by Feb 17.

Entrance fee to Catalina State Park: Participants pay – $7 for a maximum of four persons in a car.

Hike:  Walk 3-4 miles (elevation change 50’) on sandy soil to the historic Elias homestead and back.  View and hear about homesteads and ruins.  Time: about 3 hours.

Gear: Wear hiking boots and a hat.  Bring water and sunscreen.

 

Thursday, March 26 – Oro Valley Country Club Estates. Meet at 8:00 am at Holiday Inn Express, Oracle Rd.

Participants:  Limit of 20. Sign up on a first come, first served basis.  All must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place.

Contact to sign up:  Jim Williams at jaswilliams128@msn.com by March 24.

Hike: Walk 5 miles on paved streets (elevation change 200’) in a beautiful, historic neighborhood and hear its history. Time: 3 hours.

Gear: Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat.  Bring water and sunscreen.

FOR ALL HIKES:

Cost: a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to the Historical Society, payable at the parking lot.

Cancellation: in case of bad weather, the hike leader will send you an email by 7:00 am.

Leader: Jim Williams, local historian and author of Claiming the Desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in a Name?

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On Wednesday, November 12 the Oro Valley Historical Society featured a talk by Arizona Star columnist, David Leighton.  David discussed the origins of many Tucson street names.  His column “Street Smarts” focuses on that subject and is a favorite of many readers.

Some note worthy names?  Super Chicken Drive, Ina Road (pronounced Eena), and Limberlost.

Check out this site for information on these and other street names:

https://tucson.com/gallery/the-stories-behind-tucson-street-names/collection_8f01abf8-6fea-11e7-8622-47621335b344.html#14

Thank you to David for his talk and to Jim Williams our Speakers Bureau coordinator!

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