Pueblo Grande Calendar of Events

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For programs requiring advanced registration and payment: 

Click the "Register by" link in the program description to go to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation registration system to enroll.

Printable Calendars:
December to February 2016
September to November 2015
June to August 2015
March to May 2015


Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Topic:  Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the  Grand Canyon
 Guest speaker: Carrie Cannon, Ethnobotanist, Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources

Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Carrie Cannon, Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. for her lecture Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon.

Where lies the cure to diabetes? “Ask the prickly pear or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.” This is the answer you may hear from elder instructors of the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project. The ethno-botanical story of the Hualapai Tribe begins with the plant knowledge the people have inherited from their great grandparents who lived entirely off the land. Hualapai grandchildren live in a completely different modern world: A world of cell phones, text messages, and ipods. Cannons’ presentation explores a current project examining the crucial role plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine tuned and perfected over millennia.

This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Arizona Humanities and Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Donations are welcome.

Archaeology for Kids
Saturday, February 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and explore the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Cost is $15; Register by  February 4.

   General Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, February 11, noon to 1 p.m.

This once a month orientation (September – May) is presented by a Museum staff member. The purpose of this initial orientation is to provide interested members of the public with an overview of volunteer opportunities including expectations regarding experience, skills, and the time commitment needed to volunteer in each area. 

At this session a City of Phoenix volunteer application will be made available to all those interested in helping out. Areas of interest and contact information will be noted on your application and the information will be passed on to the appropriate supervisor. The supervisor will then contact you to conduct an informal interview. If you are uncertain which area is the best fit for your interests you can make an appointment to talk directly with the Visitor Services Supervisor to determine the best- suited position.

Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande
Friday, February 12, 10 to 11 a.m.

Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon”? A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season). This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.

Arizona Scitech Festival Lecture Series
Pueblo Grande Museum is hosting a lecture series From the Coast to the Desert: The Relationship Between Environment and Culture every Friday during the month of February as part of the 6th Annual Arizona Scitech Festival.

Join us for one or all of these free lectures, open to the public. This lecture series is sponsored in part by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society and the Arizona Archaeological Council.  Printable Lecture Series Flier

February 5, 2016
Lecture: Archaeology and Climate Change: Reconstructing El Niño on the North Coast of Peru
Speaker: Gary Huckleberry, Geoarchaeological Consultant
As scientists watch the development of possibly the strongest El Niño in almost 20 years, the question arises as to how often such weather events happened in the past and what effects they had on ancient societies. Gary Huckleberry will present on-going research from coastal Peru where scientists are studying geological and archaeological evidence for past El Niños and trying to understand their role in the rise and fall of ancient pre-hispanic states. Studies that integrate climate change and archaeology provide context to current challenges related to global warming.

February 12, 2016
Lecture: A Culinary Tale of Two Cities: Subsistence Strategies and Environmental Change at Pueblo Grande and La Plaza
Speaker: Andrea Gregory, M.A., RPA, Director of Cultural Resources and Senior Faunal Analyst, Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd. and John Jones, Ph.D., Senior Paleoethnobotanist, Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd.
Data recovered from excavations at Pueblo Grande and La Plaza, two Hohokam sites, during the Valley Metro Light Rail Corridor project is used to inform about subsistence practices and environmental changes through time. This presentation uses analytical results from both faunal and botanical resources to compare resource procurement strategies between the two sites. Inferences are made about environmental shifts occurring at both sites based on perceived resource availability.

February 19, 2016
Lecture: Documenting Ancient Hohokam Irrigation Systems along the Middle Gila River and the Social Organization of Irrigation
Speaker: Wesley Miles, Archaeological Field Supervisor, Cultural Resource Management Program, Gila River Indian Community & Kyle Woodson, Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, Gila River Indian Community
The Gila River Indian Community’s Cultural Resource Management Program has conducted a long-term study of canal irrigation along the middle Gila River in south-central Arizona. This work has produced a wealth of information on prehistoric Hohokam canal systems used between A.D. 450 and 1450. This presentation gives an overview of the major highlights of these studies on canal irrigation.

February 26, 2016
Lecture: Vesicular Basalt Provisioning Practices among the Prehistoric Hohokam of the Salt-Gila Basin, Southern Arizona
Speaker: Craig M. Fertelmes, Project Director, Cultural Resources Management Program, Gila River Indian Community
This presentation will discuss the process of how prehistoric peoples of the Salt-Gila Basin in Arizona acquired vesicular basalt for the manufacture of grinding tools, such as manos and metates, and the newly developed archaeological techniques used to find the source of these tools.

Drop-In Discoveries
Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Join Native Seed/SEARCH on the back patio at Pueblo Grande Museum for a drop-in informational program about agricultural crops grown by the Hohokam, gardening in the desert, and planting your own three sisters garden. Guest will also have a chance to enjoy a hands-on activity about southwestern seeds. This program is included with paid museum admission. Printable Drop-In Discoveries Flyer.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Wednesday, February 24, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Join collections staff for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum.  This tour is open to walk in visitors with paid admissions.  This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display to the public and see how museums care for their collections.  This is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission.

Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, Febraury 26, 10 to 11 a.m.

The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD.  They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton.  In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields.  The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems.  This is a first come, first serve tour, included with paid museum admission. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk.