German POW’s in AZ During WII
The Great Papago Escape

June 7 – 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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

German POW’s In Arizona during World War Two

Speakers: Steve Hoza, Author

Steve Hoza is a Phoenix native who has worked in the museum field for 30 years. He has written several books and numerous articles about the history of World War Two in Arizona. He is a recognized authority on the history of the German prisoner of war camps in Arizona and military aviation training during the war. He currently works at the Huhugam Ki Museum on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He also runs the official website of the Wallace and Ladmo Show,


Local World War Two historian Steve Hoza has written extensively on the history of German prisoners of war in Arizona during World War Two. He has interviewed many of the former prisoners, guards, camp personnel and Arizona farmers and others who used the POWs for labor. He published a book in 1994 with transcripts of the interviews he did. Please join Mr. Hoza for a PowerPoint presentation detailing the history of the POW camps in Arizona. He also has rare color home movie footage of some of the camps plus clips from German newsreels that show some of the 25 POWs who tunneled out of Camp Papago Park in December 1944. Mr. Hoza will also be showing original POW clothing and other artifacts.

2017-2018 Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30pm

A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona

Speakers: Dr. Nancy J Parezo

The men who explored Arizona are legends in the history of the region and of anthropology, but what about the women who accompanied them or explored by themselves?  Did you know that Matilda Coxe Stevenson was a member of the first official government survey of Canyon de Chelly or that Emma Mindeleff surveyed ruins in the Verde Valley while Theresa Russell helped her husband locate Hohokam sites? Probably not, for none are listed in “official” histories. Learn about the hidden pioneer archaeologists of the 19th century and honor Arizona’s unsung heroines of science.

Dr. Nancy J. Parezo is a Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. For over 40 years she has worked with Native Arizona Nations documenting histories and working with artists and oral historians. She has also worked extensively to document how anthropologists have affected Indian cultures through collecting and displaying art at world fairs. She is the co-author of Anthropology Goes to the Fair (with Don Fowler) as well as several works on women anthropologists (Hidden ScholarsDaughters of the Desert and On Their Own Frontier), and the first Special Olympics at the 1904 World’s Fair.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council.

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