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Jeff Grunow: 1997 Phoenix Light Phenomenon


Welcome to the 2024 “Legends and Lore of the Superstitions and More,” our annual free lecture series which runs every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater during the winter and early spring seasons at our museum.

January 25, 2024
Jeff Grunow: 1997 Phoenix Light Phenomenon

The widely reported unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona and Nevada on March 13, 1997 is the subject of Jeff Grunow’s lecture. Thousands of people saw the lights between 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm and some witnesses described seeing what appeared to be a huge carpenter’s square-shaped UFO containing five spherical lights. Were the lights aircraft participating in a pilot training program, illumination flares dropped by aircraft or what then Governor Fife Symington described as “otherworldly?” Jeff Grunow, a local aficionado of all things “unexplained” will look back on the incident and enlighten attendees with his observations.

  • January 25, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • 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.