Historical Society Announces Fall/Winter Activities

Safford, AZ – It’s hard to believe that it’s mid-September and we’re announcing the fall activities for the Graham County Historical Society (GCHS). But the Salsa Fest is just around the corner and that will kick off the busy GCHS fall/winter season.

From the annual fall trek to the always-popular fall symposium, there’s sure to be something for everything that appreciates our rich local history and wants to learn more. And, as always, current and future members are encouraged to participate in volunteer projects and involved our local youth. Contact Mike Crockett at (928) 792-8516 or mike.crockett@eac.edu for information on any of these events.

Friday, Sept. 21:  SalsaFest. The GCHS will host activities from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.at Candy’s Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Safford will include historical vignettes, cowboy music, a bake sale, and cold drinks. It will be an evening to become and renew memberships, raise funds to construct the new museum, and have fun! Persons who would like to present short (10-12 minute) historical vignettes should contact Mike Crockett. If you’d like to provide bake sale items, call Judy Reed at (928) 651-7747.

Saturday Oct. 6:  Work Day. We have a two-hour work project from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. during the cool morning hours. It will take place at the Safford Gin on U.S. 191 just south of the railroad tracks. Volunteers will further protect much of the museum collection by covering with tarps inside the storage building. Bring dust masks, gloves and friends.

Saturday October 27:  Fall Trek. Join GCHS leaders on this three-hour foray that begins at the Pima LDS Chapel on U.S. 70 at 8:00 a.m. Participants will visit locations related to one of the most tragic stories of backbreaking toil and ultimate failure in the Valley:  the Bigler Ditch to Sunny Flat. High-clearance vehicles are preferred but carpooling will be encouraged at the start.

Saturday, Nov. 10 Fall:  Symposium. Presentations by Archaeology Southwest about artifact collection will take place at the Discovery Park Barn, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Other history will be discussed followed by lunch.

Saturday, January 12:  Annual GCHS Member Meeting. This event is used to honor a to-be-announced resident of historical significance to Graham County. There will also be membership business, including approval of new officers, following by lunch.

Help the Graham County Historical Society keep our local history alive. Become a member and/or participate in the above activities.