Monthly Lectures
October – June

Focusing on Arizona History

6:30pm to 8:00pm


The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary hosts a variety of interesting and informative lectures in our Community Room located on the grounds of the museum.

Lectures are the first Wednesday of the month October through June and are from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Lectures are complimentary to the general public and lively discussions are followed after presentations. As always, donations are welcome.

2019 Lecture Series


Zarco Guerrero OCTOBER 2, 2019 6:30p

Title: Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt

Sculptor, maskmaker and performance artist (b. Mesa, AZ)

Has dedicated his artistic endeavors to create positive social change through the arts.

He adopted Cesar Chavez ideology of art as a social service.

His art includes music, poetry and theater. He is the founder of Xicanindio Artes (now Xico, Inc.), the Cultural Coalition, Inc, and has been instrumental in the development of Latino Arts statewide.

He has exhibited and received international acclaim and many prestigious awards. In 1985 PBS broadcast a one hour documentary about his art entitled “The Mask of El Zarco”. He received the Japan Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Arizona Governors Arts Award, the Artistic Excellence Award from American Hispanics in Higher Education and the Esperanza Teacher of the Year Award among many others.

He also won the 2012 Zony Award for his ground breaking work as a mask maker in Childsplay’s 2011 production of “The Sun Serpent.” He is the recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation grant to present theater to Latino communities in Arizona. In 2015 he was recognized as a Master by the Southwest Folklife Alliance. The New Times named him “Best Storyteller” in 2016. In 2017 he was chosen to design the Light Rail Station at Baseline and Central Avenues in Phoenix.


Allen Dart NOVEMBER 6, 2019 6:30p

Title: “Old Time Religion? The Salado Phenomenon In The Greater SouthWest”

Mr. Allen Dart, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, is the executive director of Tucson’s nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures. Al has worked and volunteered as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975 for state and federal governments, private companies, and nonprofit organizations. He served as President of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) in 1991-1993 and founded Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures. A member of several archaeology advocacy organizations, he has received the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission Award in Public Archaeology (1997), the AAHS Victor R. Stoner Award (2016), the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional Archaeologist of the Year Award (2012), and other honors from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Archaeological Council, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, AAHS, and other organizations for his research and his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public. Since 1997 Mr. Dart has been a member of the Arizona Humanities (AH) Roads Scholar and AZ Speaks panels.



Jay Begaye DECEMBER 4, 2019 6:30p

Title: “Navajo Traditional Horse Training Through Songs”

Jay Begaye is a Dine (Navajo) singer, songwriter, painter, sculptor and a former rodeo contestant. He was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in the small town of Steamboat Canyon, Arizona.

Jay attended his first pow-wow in Salt Lake City, Utah and that is where he heard the Snake River Singers. This experience left him with an irresistible urge to compose and sing his own songs.

From 1982 to 1986, Jay began singing with a noted drum group, the White Eagle Singers and later moved to Canada in 1987. There he formed his own group, the Cathedral Lake Singers. He lived in Keremeos on the Chopaka reserve in British Columbia, Canada for the next 16 years. Today Jay makes his home in Ganado, Arizona with his wife Loretta and young son, Sonsiila.

Several of his recordings have earned both critical and popular acclaim. His recording Round Dance In Beauty was a 2001 AFIM India Awards finalist and it earned him Best Male Artist and Best Traditional Recording nominations at the 2001 Native American Music Awards. His album, Song of Colors also earned a nomination at the 2004 Indian Summer Music Awards.

When not touring and making public appearances, Jay donates a great deal of his time to helping today’s youth on the Navajo Reservation.

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