DeGrazia Exhibit Extended!

The Ted DeGrazia Exhibit has been extended indefinitely. It will remain at the Museum for an as yet unspecified length of time. In addition, some new pieces were added to the Exhibit last week by Lance Laber from the Tuscon DeGrazia Foundation. If you haven’t had a chance to see awesome paintings by DeGrazia, you still have some time.

Summer Schedule Announced for Stamp Mill Demos

The April demonstration of the huge 20-Stamp Ore mill at work crushing ore-containing rock will be performed at the Superstition Mountain Museum on Saturday, April 8. Demonstrations are free to the public and will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day.
During the upcoming summer, the ore mill demonstrations will be performed once monthly. According to Museum Director Liz Nicklus, the monthly demonstrations will be at 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays – May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, and Sept 9.

People are urged to visit the museum on one of these days and see the behemoth in action. Attendees can hear the stamps pounding the ore, feel the ground shake, and immerse themselves in a moment of history snatched from the past.

Houser Concert to Cap Museum Lecture Series on April 6

A concert of toe-tappin’ and exuberant Country, Western, Bluegrass and Gospel music performed by Ron Houser and his daughter Tara Houser-Jones will close the season-long free lecture series at Superstition Mountain Museum on Thursday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The well-known local entertainers will combine their beautiful voices and their expertise playing the guitar and fiddle in a special concert sure to delight music fans.

Their performance will end the 2017 season’s presentations on a high note. Also at this event, the winning raffle ticket will be drawn for the beautiful coral and silver necklace and earring set made by Native American Master Silversmith Tommy Jackson that is the top prize for the museum’s season-long Fundraising Raffle.

The concert will be held in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater so attendees should bring a lawn chair or cushion to sit on.

Superstition Mountain Museum Is Proud to Participate in Arizona Gives Day, April 4, 2017

The Superstition Mountain Museum will be joining in Arizona Gives Day, along with hundreds of other nonprofits from all over the state on Tuesday, April 4, to raise much-needed funds. Through azgives.org, Arizonans will be able to support their favorite nonprofit(s) for exactly 24 hours of virtual giving to strive for additional cash incentive prizes. Sponsored by FirstBank, this 5th annual day of fundraising is a community-led effort to invest in our state. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has raised $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013.

“We are pleased to be involved with Arizona Gives Day this year for the first time,” said Museum Director Liz Nicklus. “It is a great way to draw attention to the needs of the many non-profit organizations who, like us, rely heavily on donations to keep operating.”
Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide single day of giving that invites Arizonans to find their favorite causes at azgives.org on April 4, 2017, and donate day-of or schedule their donations in advance. It is a statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign that takes place the first Tuesday of April each year.

This event helps people find, learn about and contribute to the causes they believe in. Arizona Gives Day also enables nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique online giving platform.

From 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on April 4, supporters of the Superstition Mountain Museum can go to azgives.org and select the museum to make a direct contribution. Donations are crucial to helping fund our museum throughout the year as the museum and the historical society take no public monies.

Though Arizona Gives Day only happens once a year, this website is available for year-round giving with the purpose of building the spirit of philanthropy throughout Arizona’s communities.
The Superstition Mountain Museum is the realization of a dream shared by several individuals who formed the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Inc. in 1980. This organization is a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) 3, organized to collect and preserve the history, legends and lore of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, to support research, education and publication involving the region, and to develop a historical museum and research library devoted to these endeavors.
As the museum continues to grow and flourish it has become a hub of activity with people walking the grounds and visiting the many educational exhibits outside and in the museum gallery. Each season, the schedule is packed with special events, lectures, and classes.

Museum Hosts Model Train Tour Stop, Arts and Crafts Event Weekend of April 1-2

April 1-2 weekend is shaping up as a busy one at the Superstition Mountain Museum as the museum’s Garden-Scale Model Railroad Exhibit will be a featured stop on the Arizona Big Trains Operators (ABTO) annual Spring Open House Tour on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The museum’s large, impressive historical train layout, along with 11 other sites boasting extensive G-scale model railroad set-ups, will be on display for public viewing. The ABTO sponsors both an annual Christmas Tour and a Spring Tour in an effort to promote this hobby to the public. Admission is free. Donations to ABTO to help support the train display at Cardon’s Childrens’ Hospital are accepted.

On Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the museum will also be hosting the last Arts and Crafts on the Patio event of the season. Two or three times a year, everyone has a lot of fun when artists and craftsmen gather on the patio at Superstition Mountain Museum and demonstrate, display and sell their work. Museum visitors never know just what they will find and participants are always ready and eager to discuss their work and chat with visitors. Handcrafted merchandise varies from painted gourds to handmade jewelry to breathtaking photographs. Admission to this activity is also free.

A special guest children’s author, Paula Goldsmith, will also be on hand on Saturday, April 1, to sign her book The Adventures of Baby Cuz: A Trip to Arizona and to pass out free bear coloring papers for the first 50 children.

While on the museum site, visitors can see also walk the labeled Nature Trail, view the 20-stamp ore mill and newly- finished arrastre, and take keepsake photos.

Steve Thompson – The Mexican Tradition of Day of the Dead

Our Thursday lecture for March 9th will be presented by Steve Thompson, an importer of Mata Ortiz pottery and Oxaca wood carvings and expert on Mexican culture and art, who will speak on Mexican traditions including The Day of the Dead tradition – its roots and its importance to the people of Oaxaca and other indigenous areas of Mexico. The lecture will begin at 2:00. Bring your chair and sunscreen, and come early to get a good spot.

This lecture will also kick off our annual “Magic of Mexican Artistry” event.

Special Weaving Class with Nanabah Aragon

According to Navajo oral tradition, two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Navajo. Spider Man constructed the first loom, which was composed of sunshine, lightning, and rain,  and Spider Woman taught the people how to weave on it. Spider Woman was discovered by the Holy Twins, the culture heroes of the Navajo Creation Story, in a small opening in the earth surrounded by an array of beautiful weavings. Entering her dwelling, the Holy Twins descended a ladder made of yarn, whereupon Spider Woman offered them knowledge of the world of weaving.

Navajo Weaver Nanabah Aragon continues the weaving traditions of her people. She is a master weaver whose works are on display at numerous renowned institutions, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and has been been recognized as an “Arizona State Treasure”.

We are pleased to be offering a special two-day weaving class presented by Nanabah. The class will be held on two days, Saturday and Sunday, March 25th and 26th, in the Elvis Chapel from 9am to 1pm. Cost of the class is $85.00. Students must provide their own yarn, and will be notified at a later date as to how much to bring.

The class size is limited to five people, and payment is due with registration. If you are interested in signing up for this special class, please contact Jeff Danford at 480-983-4888 ext. 105, or email him at coordinator@superstitionmountainmuseum.org

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