Casa Grande Ruins annual speaker series: Marshall Shore

Casa Grande Ruins annual speaker series: Marshall Shore
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Beginning now through March 6, 2019, Casa Grande Ruins will host its annual speaker series, that continues every Wednesday at noon.

The next speaker will be Marshall Shore on Dec. 19 at noon. He will be presenting a lecture titled “LGBTQ: A History in Arizona”. (There will be no speaker on Dec. 26)

Arizona’s history of the LGBTQ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits, continues on through to the seismic shift of Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way as we talk about artists such as Keith Haring and George Quaintance. There is also the little known story of Nicolai De Raylan. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic.

Marshall Shore is Arizona’s Hip Historian. His passion is uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. Shore uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations.

The program begins at noon in the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center theater at 1100 West Ruins Drive, Coolidge AZ, 85128. There is no fee for the program, but normal entrance fees apply.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago. Established as the nation’s first federal archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.

The Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through September, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through April, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day holidays.

Directions and additional information are available on the Monument’s website,

Call (520) 723-3172, or follow on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

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