Free Lecture: Awesome Arizona

Free Lecture

Roger Naylor presents “Awesome Arizona: 200 Amazing Facts” Arizona is rugged and gorgeous and historic and weird and funny and utterly magnificent. It’s full of surprises, not what most people expect at all. Naylor will pile up the evidence of this during his lecture at the Museum, drawing from his new book Awesome Arizona: 200 Amazing Facts About the Grand Canyon State. He will relay the essence of Arizona from its wild and wooly past to its breathtaking scenery to its startling geology to its incredible diversity of cultures and terrain. Arizona is the sunniest state, the state with the most national monuments, and the only state that contains one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Arizona has every life zone found between Mexico and Canada. The world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest spreads across the north and the south bristles with an arsenal of the country’s largest cactus. Trees that once shaded dinosaurs are still here. This is where you can slither through the most famous slot canyon in the Southwest and visit the best-preserved meteor crater on earth. Arizona saved Route 66. The chimichanga was invented here.

Roger Naylor is Arizona’s premier travel writer and a member of the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His work appears most weeks in the Arizona Republic. He has also written for The Guardian, USA Today, The Week, Country Magazine, Arizona Highways, and dozens more. He is the author of several books including The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon, Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers, Arizona Kicks on Route 66, and Crazy for the Heat: Arizona Tales of Ghosts, Gumshoes, and Bigfoot.

  • February 23, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SUGGESTIONS FOR LECTURE ATTENDEES:

  • Bring your own lawn chair;
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen;
  • Please, no smoking;
  • Please don’t leave your dog in vehicle;
  • Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all of the proceeds going to the museum for continuing educational programs;
  • Come early and have lunch on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase.

Fundraising raffles

As a self-supporting organization, we rely on revenue generated by our gift shops, events, and fundraisers. At each week’s lecture we hold a 50/50 raffle, with half the cash collected going to the lucky winner. Second prize is a lecture-related item from our gift shop. Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Winning tickets are drawn from tickets sold that day. Winner must be present to win.

The season-long raffle prize is a solid gold coin minted with gold from the Old Wasp Mine, just up Apache Trail, and includes a certificate of authenticity. Tickets are $5 each. At the last lecture on March 30, the holder of the winning ticket will be announced. The winner need not be present to win.

Buy a VIP Card

The Museum’s popular Free Lecture Series is actually an expensive endeavor. Many staff hours go into reserving speakers and some scholars have fees attached to their appearance. We have created a special Lecture Series VIP card for those who would like to support these events. On Thursdays only, from January 5 through March 30, VIP card holders are entitled to 50¢ coffee. Also included is a one-time-only free hot dog. But wait, there’s more... VIP Cardholders get a 10% discount in the Gift Shop on Thursdays and special shaded seating in the Amphitheater. The cost is $30 per card and it’s available in the Gift Shop.

Amphitheater

The amphitheater and other outdoor locations on the Museum's property are available for outdoor events including small catered receptions. It is truly magnificent at twilight.

Imagine an intimate romantic wedding, candle-lit banquet or musical presentation with the Superstition Mountain at sunset as your backdrop!

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