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Carnegie Center Speaker Series Continues this Thursday, April 14

Being a Navajo Code Talker

Ronnie Towne will discuss her father Arthur Hubbard, Sr.’s experiences as a WWII Navajo code talker and the first Native American to be elected to the Arizona Legislature.

This presentation is coordinated to celebrate the ONEBOOKAZ for Kids 2011 title, Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac.

Ms. Towne was raised in Glendale and on the Navajo reservation. She attended NAU to study Music Education with a Vocal emphasis and left to begin a professional career in entertainment. For over 8 years, Ms. Towne coordinated code talkers’ special appearances. She currently lives in Phoenix, where she works as an administrative assistant.

Thursday, April 14, 12 – 1 pm
Carnegie Center
1101 W. Washington, Phoenix

Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker: October 14

The Origins and Development of Chicana/o Literature

Presented by Charles Tatum

Beginning with Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vacá’s fascinating 16th century account of a difficult journey across the Southwest, this presentation will   explore important secular and religious poetry, drama, narrative and other literary forms and trends that developed during the centuries in the Spanish-speaking Southwest. There will be a particular focus on Chicana/o literature from 1965 through the early 21st century. Audiences will discover the rich tradition and diversity of contemporary Chicana/o literature that has become an important area of American literary expression.

Dr. Charles Tatum is Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona. He was raised in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, and his mother was Mexican American. Tatum is the author of several books on Chicana/o literature and culture and has also edited several anthologies of Chicana/o.


Thursday, October 14, 2010, 12-1 pm

Carnegie Center
1101 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Free and open to the public

Bring your lunch! Light refreshments served

Free parking


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Wallace and Ladmo book signing in Downtown Phoenix

The Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker series continues this Thursday, August 12 at 12pm (noon).  Bring your lunch and listen to Richard Ruelas discuss and sign his book, Thanks for Tuning In, his book related to “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”

Thanks for Tuning In Presented by Richard Ruelas

This is the story of “Wallace,” who was born Bill Thompson and created Arizona’s most celebrated children’s television series, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.” A broadcasting story describing how Thompson was able to keep a children’s show on the air for 35 years.

It is also an Arizona story of a wide-eyed college dropout who grew up inupstate New York and decided to reinvent himself out West. He created a funny, topical, edgy show in Arizona that was unique across the nation, entertaining children, teenagers, college students, and adults.

Thanks for Tuning In reveals behind-the-scenes details of Arizona’s most beloved show and tells Thompson’s own story.

Richard Ruelas is an Arizona native who grew up watching “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.” He is the people/profiles reporter for The Arizona Republic.


Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 12-1 pm
Location: Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (map)
Cost: FREE and open to the public – Free parking
Other: Bring your lunch! Light refreshments served

For more information contact:

Shayna Muckerheide,
Phone 602-926-3369

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History of Arizona place names topic of April 30 “brown bag” talk

image001In this presentation, Tucson writer Greg McNamee examines the history of Arizona place names, from Ali Shonak to Zephyr, using lively anecdotes to discuss the little-known stories behind names on the land.  Place names are like fossil poetry.  They afford a kind of folk history, a snapshot in time that enables us to read them and reconstruct how members of a culture in the past assigned names to the places they saw. The U.S. has over 3.5 million place names, and there is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetic, humorous, and picturesque.

  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Free and open to the public
  • Bring your lunch!  Light refreshments served
  • Free parking

Gregory McNamee is a writer whose publications include twenty-six books, as well as numerous essays, short stories, articles, and translations in journals in the United States and abroad.  He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica and writes regularly for its blog.  Mr. McNamee has taught writing courses at the University of Arizona and elsewhere, and he delivers talks and lectures on writing in many venues.

For more information, call 602-926-3368 or send an e-mail.

Next Carnegie Library noontime history lecture, Dec. 11

As part of the commemoration of the Carnegie Library’s 100 years in Phoenix, the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records has put together a monthly lunchtime speaker series on topics relating to the library and to the history of Phoenix and Arizona.  All presentations will last from Noon to 1 p.m., are free and are open to the public.  Here is the remaining event of 2008:

  • Thursday, December 11: Dr. Paul Hietter, “To Encourage the Preservation and Sanctity of Marriage: Victorian Attitudes in Arizona Territory.”  This presentation describes the prosecution of Frank Kibbey, who murdered W. Wood Porter for having an affair with his wife.  The ensuing behavior of Arizona residents showed their acceptance of late Victorian-era attitudes, despite geographic isolation from the East.

The Carnegie Center is located at 1101 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.  Parking is free or if your downtown you can take the DASH.  For more information contact Sarah Weber at 602-926-3368 or by e-mail.

City, Valley Metro to conduct historic streetscape study

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — Staff of the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office met with Valley Metro’s light rail staff and consultants to map out an historic streetscape study that the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is requiring Valley Metro to complete as partial mitigation for the light rail project and its impacts to the historic streetscape along Central Avenue.

As part of this study, a lunch forum will be held on October 2, 2008 at the Carnegie Library, 99 S. 12th Avenue, with landscape architects, other design professionals, and interested parties to collect information about the elements that define different streetscape types found in the city and to discuss appropriate and inappropriate changes to historic streetscapes.

Celebrate Statehood Day in the Capitol Mall area, Feb. 14

Arizona's CapitolThe 96th anniversary of Arizona statehood will be celebrated on Thursday, February 14, at “Museums on the Mall: Celebrating Arizona’s Statehood” at the Arizona State Capitol in downtown Phoenix, and two new exhibits about Arizona history will open.  Chief Justice Ruth McGregor will kick off the Statehood Day program leading the Pledge of Allegiance at 12:30 p.m. in the historic Senate Chamber.  Governor Janet Napolitano has been invited to deliver a statehood proclamation, with presentations to follow by Senate President Tim Bee and Speaker of the House Jim Weiers.  Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Arizona’s history will be celebrated with museum exhibitors from around the state who will be showing artifacts and providing hands-on activities and demonstrations for children and families on the Senate Lawn.

Former Carnegie Library, Phoenix, AZThe historic Carnegie Library located just east of the State Capitol (1101 W. Washington) will turn 100 years old on Feb. 14.  The Carnegie Library was the first permanent library building in Phoenix.  To commemorate its influence on Phoenix and Arizona, an exhibit about its important history, “The Carnegie: Behind Every Library There Is a Story,” will be unveiled on Statehood Day and is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m.  Refreshments and will be served. 

Also, the Arizona Capitol Museum is opening its newest exhibit “Up from the Ashes: Phoenix Goes to Mars” immediately preceding the Statehood Day Ceremony at Noon.   This exhibit highlights The University of Arizona’s Phoenix Mars Mission, from project development, launch, touchdown, and the resulting research.

All the day’s activities are free and open to the public.  Parking is available in lots east and west of the Capitol and at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.