Jim Turner, courtesy of Jim Turner

Jim Turner, The Arizona Historical Societ

Thursday, September 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

From prehistoric mammoth hunters and canal builders to Native Americans, Hispanics, Anglos, Irish, Serbians, and many others, Arizona has always been a land of many cultures. And while the Earp brothers and Geronimo may be world famous, Arizona is also the story of unsung, everyday, average men and women, as well as some inspirational cooperative communities. The latter include, for example, the Seven Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In 1870, the seven nuns came to Tucson from St. Louis, MO, to provide health and education to Arizonans. From their community’s mission flows the extensive array of St. Joseph hospitals serving the Tucson area today.

Historian Jim Turner will share Arizona’s experiences, from the famous to the little known, from Spanish missions to mining boom towns, from cattle drives and cotton harvests to religious settlements through images, history, and anecdotes, tracing the evolution of our state from a dangerous frontier territory to the fair and democratic society we know today.

The Seven Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, courtesy of Arizona Daily Star

Jim Turner earned his graduate degree in history from the University of Arizona and, in 2008, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Museum Association of Arizona. Since 2001, he has been an outreach historian for the Arizona Historical Society, where his primary duty is to support non-profit history museums throughout the state. He teaches classes in Arizona history to museum docents and to the general public and gives illustrated presentations ranging from the American Southwest to the history of Mexico. His book Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State (Gibbs Smith, 2011) was a Southwest Books of the Year selection. Recently, Rio Nuevo published his The Mighty Colorado from the Glaciers to the Gulf (2016) and Crater Lake and Beyond (2017).

Written by Carol and Donald Gilzinger, Arizona Senior Academy Volunteers


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