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.

2018 – 2019 Lecture Series


Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:30pm

City of Phoenix Archaeology” Why we do what we do

Speaker: Laurene Montero – City Archaeologist

Find out how and why the City of Phoenix Archaeology Office was created. Did you know Phoenix was the first city in the nation to hire a city archaeologist in 1929? Since that time, dedicated people and events have shaped Phoenix’s City Archaeology program. Discover more fun facts about the history of The City of Phoenix Archaeology Office and how it has helped to preserve a diverse history of Arizona, from the prehistoric to the pioneer.

Speaker biography:

Laurene Montero received her M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 1989, and she has been a professional archaeologist in Arizona since then.  She has served as City Archaeologist for Phoenix since 2011, and possesses expertise in compliance with local, state, and federal historic preservation regulations and policies.  In her role as City Archaeologist, Laurene is preparing a summary report on non-local ceramics from Pueblo Grande, gives public tours of prehistoric irrigation features, and assists with ruins stabilization for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.  She is co-author of Phoenix’s general plans for the monitoring and treatment of archaeological resources. Laurene is advisor to the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, has served as Board Member at Large on the Arizona Archaeological Council, and currently serves on the Tempe Historic Preservation Commission.

Please Note: November Lecture will be held at The Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Impact of the Phoenix Indian Industrial School through its 99 Year History

Speaker: Patty Talahongva

The Phoenix Indian Industrial School opened in 1891 to assimilate American Indian children into European American society. Though it was called a school, it was meant to create a workforce which could speak English and work as cheap labor in the cities. The history of the school, the changes it had on American Indian tribal nations and the impact the students had on the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona will be covered in this presentation. The recent renovation of the former grammar school by the partners, Native American Connections and the Phoenix Indian School, will also be presented and is the host site for this meeting.  

Speaker Biography:

Patty Talahongva is the curator of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center. She is a journalist who got her career started while attending Phoenix Indian School. Patty is also on an advisory board for the Heard Museum, which is renovating its boarding school exhibit. She is Hopi from the village of Sitstomovi on First Mesa.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 6:30pm

Apache and Thier Horses

Speaker: Deni Seymore

It has been thought that the Apache do not become Apache until the adoption of the horse, which triggered the raiding adaptation. While horses played a central role in the Apachean world, the horse divide is not as pronounced as thought. Horses changed the ancestral Apache lifeway and horses survived and thrived without European horse culture. Horses shaped warfare and intercultural relations, were intertwined with family and inter-band relations, and were integrated into Apachean lives through use of horse power and in ceremonies. The horse is maintained in contemporary culture and archaeological traces document the historical role of horses in rock art, bones, landscape use, and artifacts.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Seymour is an internationally recognized authority on protohistoric, Native American, and Spanish colonial archaeology and ethno-history. For 30 years, she has studied the Apache, Sobaipuri O’odham, and lesser-known mobile groups. She has excavated Spanish presidios, numerous Kino-period missions, and several indigenous sites. She works with indigenous groups, tackles the Coronado and Niza expeditions, and is reworking the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period of the Southwest.

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