Museum gift shop has wide selection of Christmas gifts

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Valley Central: Eastern Arizona Museum Curator Edres Barney displays her Hometown Heroes award from the Modern Woodmen of America. Barney invites those interested to pick up some historical Christmas gifts from the museum's gift shop.

By Edres Barney

PIMA – The gift shop portion of the Eastern Arizona Museum in Pima is worth a trip for Christmas and other gifts.  Just in is a shipment of “toolbox pens”, a 6 in 1 item.  This pen has a stylus, ruler, level double-sided Phillips and flathead screwdriver.  There is also a supply of small LED flashlights with bottle opener and wrist cord.

Long a local controversy, Power’s War has been painstakingly researched and was shot in the locations where the events happened.  Film-maker Cameron Trejo features interviews with family members on both sides and well-spoken historians.  The film is Trejo’s third documentary and holds a special fascination, locally, yet today.  The 1918 ‘shootout’ in the Galiuro Mountains of Graham County was more violent and deadly than Tombstone’s famous Gunfight at the OK Corral.

One version of this episode is the book “Shoot Out at Dawn” by Tom Power with John Whitlatch. Other historical books available are “Mount Graham” by Cherrel & Bertell Weech, “Mt. Graham Profiles Vol. II” by Ryder Ridgeway, “Ft. Thomas and its People” by Myrna Hooper Curtis, and the museum’s Heritage Cookbook, with its many vignettes.  CD’s and the book “Eastern Arizona College (The College of Many Names) 1888-2015” by Helen Ruth Cole is not only a great record of the school with its many financial struggles, setbacks, and triumphs, but it incorporates much local history.

In “Hidden Treasures of the Black Range,” Marshall Bulle and Larry Ditzer take you on a real western adventure when they began their decades-long search in New Mexico’s wild and rugged Black Range for an old canon found by cowboy Walt Nichols in the 1950s, never dreaming they would accidentally discover the location of one of the southwest’s richest and most sought-after lost gold mines — The Lost Adams Diggins.

Those who have reached that magical age of 70 and 1/2 and have a Standard IRA may be contemplating how to handle the required minimum distribution.  This required distribution will be taxable, but if it puts one into a higher tax bracket one can minimize tax liability by directing a portion of the distribution to a qualified nonprofit organization.  The Eastern Arizona Museum is such an organization and proceeds help keep the museum open.  All who work there are volunteers and the museum is in its 55th year of operation.

Hours are Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.  For other times, call Edres Barney at 928-485-3032.