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CLOSED Thursday, November 28, 2013 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, December 4
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Guest speaker: Margaret C. Nelson, Arizona State University
Topic: Continuity and Change: The Mimbres Tradition and Beyond
Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Professor Margaret C. Nelson of Arizona State University on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. for her lecture "Continuity and Change: The Mimbres Tradition and Beyond" at the Pueblo Grande Museum. In the middle of the 12th century, the Mimbres tradition came to an end. People left their villages throughout southwestern New Mexico and stopped making the spectacular black-on-white pottery for which the Mimbres tradition is known around the globe. What happened? Why did the tradition end? Popular literature has painted this change as a mysterious disappearance. In this talk, Professor Nelson shows both the continuity and the change that occurred in the 12th century and examines the dynamics of the prehispanic farming society known as Mimbres. She also addresses the pitfalls of ignoring continuity and dramatizing change. This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Archaeology for Kids
Saturday, December 7
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pithouse. Learn about mapping, recording and other archaeological methods and concepts. Register by December 5. Cost: $15
Hikes in a Hurry!
Sunday, December 8
9 to 10 a.m.
Location: Box Canyon/Holbert Trail
Find the time for a family hike with Pueblo Grande Museum’s one hour Hikes in a Hurry program. Bring the whole family for a short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. Space is limited. Register by December 8. Cost: $5; Free under age 12.
Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator
Wednesday, December 11
2 to 2:30 p.m.
Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. This tour is open to walk in visitors with paid museum admission. This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. This tour is free with paid museum admission.
Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande
Thursday, December 12
10 to 11 a.m.
Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon”? A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season). Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. This program is free with paid museum admission.
Inaugural Indian Market Kick-Off Event
Friday, December 13
6 to 10 p.m.
Before you head out to the Indian Market on December 14 and 15, start the weekend off by attending the inaugural Indian Market Kick-Off Event taking place on Friday, December 13 at the Radisson Phoenix Airport Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening’s program includes visual arts exhibits, live musical entertainment featuring local blues band Smokestack Lightning, and chicken-scratch band Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, a fashion show by designers Shayne Watson Designs, Cody Barker, jewelry by Marco Arviso, as well as ticket raffles and door prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are only $20 at the door, with a limited number available on pueblogrande.org for pre-sale. Cover includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and there will be beer and wine available for purchase.
37th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market
Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary as we hold the 37th Annual Indian Market at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, 2013. The Indian Market features over 100 top Native American artists featuring items such as paintings, sculptures, jewelry, baskets and much more. There will be music and dance performances scheduled throughout the event, artist demonstrations, and traditional Native American Foods. Admission is $5 for adults and includes museum admission, children 11 and under are free. Visit pgindianmarket.com for more detailed information and to buy advanced tickets.
Petroglyph Discovery Hike
Saturday, December 21
8 to 11 a.m.
Location: Beverly Canyon
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
An experienced Pueblo Grande Museum guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike. Pueblo Grande Museum offers various hikes to South Mountain Park, the Superstition Mountains located in the East Valley, and the White Tank Regional Park in the West Valley. Come join us on our hikes! Space is limited. This hike is for ages: 12 and up. Register by December 19. Cost: $8.
CLOSED at noon on Tuesday, December 24 and all day Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, December 20
10 to 11 a.m.
The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD. They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton. In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields. The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited. Please register at the front desk to reserve your spot. This tour is free with paid museum admission.