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The 2018 Free Lecture Series EVERY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT 2 P.M.

JANUARY 4 - Teton Ken

The Lost Dutchman and His Mine

FEBRUARY 22 - Greg McNamee John Wayne in Arizona

january 11 - Marshall TrimblE MARCH 3 - Randy Helm Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen

JANUARY 18 - Vincent Simpson Early Railroading in Arizona

JANUARY 25 - Karen Perry Angels Three

FEBRUARY 1 - Kurt Cavano The 4 Peaks Amethyst Mine (Lecture and Trunk Sale)

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program

MARCH 8 - Porfirio Gutierrez Zapotec Culture

MARCH 15 - Conrad Storad Sonoran Desert Tales

March 22 - Michelle London Buffalo Soldiers in Arizona

FEBRUARY 8 - Richard Lapidus MARCH 29 - Dan Ware Desert Reptiles

FEBRUARY 15 - Jack Olson

Photographing Nature and the Superstitions

Prospecting for Fun and Profit

APRIL 5 - The Housers

Western, Bluegrass and Country Music Concert


Information on the 2018 Free Lecture Series WELCOME to the 2018 “Legends and Lore of the Superstitions and More,” our annual free lecture series which runs every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater during the winter and early spring seasons at our museum. We hope that you enjoy your experience with us. The Superstition Mountain Museum is run by the Superstition Mountain Historical Society (SMHS), a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation organized in 1980 to collect and preserve the history, legends and lore of Arizona’s Superstition Mountain area, to support research, education and publications involving the region, and to develop an historical museum and research library devoted to these endeavors.

SUGGESTIONS FOR LECTURE ATTENDEES: • Bring your own lawn chair or cushion to sit on; • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen; • Please, no smoking; • Please put your cell phone on vibrate or turn it off; • Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all of the proceeds going to the museum for continuing educational programs; • Come early and have lunch on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase.

Fundraiser RAFFLES: As a self-supporting organization that receives no federal, state or local funding, we rely on revenues generated by our gift shop, our events and fundraisers. As one of our fundraisers, at each week’s lecture we offer a raffle for an item or items from our gift shop. Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Winning tickets are drawn from the tickets sold that week. Raffle tickets for the museum’s season-long raffle of a beautiful Arizona gold nugget also are available at all of the lectures. The winning ticket for this season-long raffle will be picked at the last scheduled lecture on Mar. 29. Do not have to be present to win. We appreciate your support and participation in the weekly lecture raffle fundraiser.



JANUARY 4 - Teton Ken

THE LOST DUTCHMAN AND HIS MINE The lecture series traditionally begins each season with a lecture on Jacob Waltz and his infamous lost gold mine. This year’s lecture will be presented by our own “Dutchman in Residence” Teton Ken. Learn just who Jacob Waltz was, where he came from, the facts regarding his life and death in Phoenix, and just how the clues (and gold!) he left behind have kindled a flame of interest that has only grown over the years into a mother lode of history and mystery. Teton Ken not only looks the part, but knows his history, too. For well over a decade, Teton has packed many a “Dutch-hunter,” hiker and film crew into (and out of) the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains. He spent several years at Apacheland Movie Ranch. He is an avid mule and donkey trainer and an accomplished actor with many credits to his name. In the winter months, Teton Ken and his donkeys can be found here at the museum giving burro rides to kids and adults, and throwing into the mix a few whimsical stories, a couple of magic tricks, and a song or two, as well.

January 11 - Marshall Trimble ARIZONA OUTLAWS AND LAWMEN

Marshall Trimble, the official Arizona State Historian, has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He is one of the state's most popular speakers and performers and appears frequently on radio and television as a goodwill ambassador for the state. As the leadin presenter to the museum’s annual Heritage Days Celebration, Marshall will take the lectern to discuss Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen. If it concerns Arizona history, Marshall is the one who knows about it. An Arizona native, he taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for 40 years before retiring in 2014. He is considered the “dean of Arizona historians” and is the author of numerous books on Arizona history. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards for his promotion of Western and Arizona history.



The coming of the railroad was one of the major factors in accomplishing the settlement of the West. Railroads in the state of Arizona got their start in 1877 when the Southern Pacific arrived in Yuma on its way to completing its line to Tucson in 1880. Model train displays such as the one now on the museum grounds and speakers like Vince Simpson help educate people as to what the early days of the Western railroads were like. After retiring from IBM as senior manager with 30 years of domestic and international assignments, Vince has experienced significant difficulties in staying retired … this problem has led to a number of adventures including duties as president/ceo of an electronics technology company, an adjunct professorship at a state university, and even a couple of years managing large operations for the US Department of Commerce. Somewhere in the far distant past, Vince also served in the US Army and accumulated degrees in engineering, math, and business.

January 25 – Karen Perry ANGELS THREE

Gold Canyon resident Karen Perry’s tragic loss of her three children and their father when their airplane crashed into the Superstition Mountains on Thanksgiving eve seven years ago was a shocking disaster which wrenched the hearts of the entire East Valley community and the nation. Karen’s courage and perseverance in the face of such insurmountable tragedy has also become a beacon of inspiration for others like herself who have, or are, undergoing family tragedy and difficult healing times. She has become an inspirational speaker, and has collaborated with author Landon J. Napoleon on a book entitled Angels 3: The Karen Perry Story. By relating her own story, she shows people that they, too, can survive the grief of unimaginable calamity, discover and sow seeds of hope, and emerge to go on with their lives.


February 1 – Kurt Cavano

ARIZONA’S FOUR PEAKS AMETHYST MINE (HISTORY AND JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW) Many people do not realize that there is a working amethyst mine located in the Four Peaks Mountains’ region that can be seen from the museum. Kurt Cavano is the owner of this mine and he will be sharing with listeners the history of this mine and his adventures in working it. He has been a jewelry-making, stone-cutting rock hound for almost 50 years and has owned the mine for the last 15 years. When he is not digging for amethyst, he has a day job in New York where he serves as Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of GT Nexus, Inc., a supply chain technology company with over 900 employees in 8 different countries around the world. Featured as one of World Trade magazine’s 50 most influential people, Kurt is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning international trade and global supply chain management. He is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Council. He is clearly confused as to what world (mining/jewelry or software/international trade) he belongs in. He hopes to figure that out soon. For his presentation, he will also be bringing along rock samples and beautiful jewelry made with amethyst from his mine.

February 8 – Richard Lapidous DESERT REPTILES Richard Lapidus will be introducing you to desert reptiles which include a large variety of snakes, lizards and turtles, some poisonous, some not. Richard has been a high school English teacher, a businessman and a writer. He is passionate about reptiles and the Old West. His articles on these subjects have appeared in national magazines, major newspapers, history and college journals, and in books by other authors. Richard has been the master of ceremonies of a major western book event for nine years in a row and he is a former vice president of The Western Outlaw-Lawman Association (WOLA).


February 15 – Jack Olson

PHOTOGRAPHING NATURE AND THE SUPERSTITIONS Jack Olson’s interest in photography began at an early age, back when cameras were just a black box with a lens, a push button and a roll of film tucked inside. Through the years, as cameras became more advanced, he had to change right along with them, buying new cameras, lenses, light meters, tripods and the rest of the gear necessary to keep current. Jack will be talking about today’s modern cameras. According to Jack, today’s digital cameras, whether it’s a DSLR, a point-and-shoot or a cell phone, are very sophisticated tools that can produce photos that are so realistic, it’s as though the final image appears to be more real life than a photograph. About ten years ago, Jack became a seasonal resident of Apache Junction and right away, fell in love with 2015 since. the Superstition Mountains, and he has been hiking and photographing them ever Jack is now a full time resident of Apache Junction and his works adorn the windows and doors of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce.

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February 22 – Greg McNamEe JOHN WAYNE IN ARIZONA

Iconic movie hero John Wayne, known as “The Duke,” had many ties to Arizona. He filmed numerous movies in varying locations of this state including Monument Valley and Tucson and Sedona. He owned the 26 Bar Ranch in Eager, Az, a cotton farm in Casa Grande and a feedlot in Stanfield. Part of State Route 347 is named the John Wayne Parkway. Writer, historian and film devotee Gregory McNamee will McNamee operates Sonora GREGORY MCNAMEE is a writer, explore how Wayne’s life was interwoven with the state of Arizona. Greg has explored 3380 E. River Road corner of Arizona journalist, photographer, Wordworks, an He editorial every as a editor, writer, historian, and film devotee. has and written about Tucson AZ film 85718–6641 USA for numerous publications, including the Britannica, to which he and publisher. He is the author or Encyclopaedia publishing service, and he has been 1 520 615 7955 is a contributing editor, and The Hollywood Reporter, for which he was the renowned involved in the publication of more title-page editor of forty books and trade publication's literary critic. He is the author or title-page editor of forty books and author of more than five thousand than five hundred books. He is also McNamee is a witty and his work has appeared in such venues as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, masterful wordsmith. Biology the publisher of Polytropos Press. periodical pieces, including Outside, Smithsonian, AARP, and Native Peoples. becomes poetry in his hands.


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Randy Helm is a fourth generation Arizonan who has been training wild horses for more than 30 years and is a certified trainer with Lyons Legacy. Along the way, he has also been in the Air Force, law enforcement and pastoral work. He is currently the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona, which has inmates working with, and providing training for, 600 BLM wild horses for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. He has been featured in local and national news and documentaries because of the success he has achieved with both the wild horses and the inmates. Randy will discuss the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program and the prison program he helped launch in 2012.

March 8 – Porfirio Gutierrez ZAPOTEC CULTURE

Zapotec textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez is a proud descendant of many generations of Zapotec weavers from Teotitlán del Valle, in Oaxaca, Mexico, a town that has cradled Zapotec arts and culture for more than 2000 years. The area is known for its artists producing traditional Zapotec weavings made of hand spun yarns dyed with local plants and insects. Porfirio was a child prodigy with exceptional talent in weaving, design and color. At 12 years old, he participated in art classes taught by local maestros who helped him develop and refine his artistic skills. His work has now been shown in eight countries on four continents. While primarily an artist, he also lectures on Zapotec weaving and natural dyes at universities, arts foundations, and museums. The story of his art has been told in publications, and videos televised on PBS, Univision, as well as a documentary funded by the Smithsonian Institute's NMAI. Porfirio continues to be an advocate, educator and ethnic ambassador for traditional Zapotec culture.


March 15 – Conrad Storad

DON’T CALL ME PIG! (A JAVELINA STORY) Yes, it true that javelinas might look like pigs and sound like pigs. And they most certainly smell like something out of a pig trough. But javelinas are NOT pigs at all. Find out why via a delightful animated reading by Arizona’s national-award-winning children’s author Conrad J. Storad. An award-winning author, editor, science writer, and teacher, he is the author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults. He has made classroom presentations to more than one million students. Once listeners hear Don’t Call Me Pig!, they know why Conrad is so popular and also never look at javelinas the same way again

March 22 - Michelle London-Marable


“Buffalo Soldiers” is the collective nickname given to the first AfricanAmerican members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Buffalo Soldiers, originally the 9th 10th, 24th, and 25th U.S. Military regiments, were common figures around the U.S./ Mexico border after the Civil War and during the turn of the century. The Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment, based in Mesa, Arizona, was organized by Cmdr. Fred Marable and Deputy Cmdr. Michelle London-Marable “to acknowledge the heroic stand” … of the "Buffalo Soldiers, 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry, Year: 1866 – 1902.” According to the group’s wesbsite, the Buffalo Soldiers “stood for Courage, Sacrifice, Bravery, Loyalty and Devotion to Duty." Inducted into The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, the organization has participated in 315 events and functions since 2007.



Dan Ware is owner of Promack Treasure Hunting in Apache Junction and the “go to guy” when people have questions about gold or where to find it. His popular presentations cover the basic facts about gold, prospecting techniques and equipment. He is an expert, having many years of experience under his belt and being very familiar with the latest in available equipment for both the professional and the hobbyist. Dan will also talk about the Superstition Mountain Treasure Hunters, a group of friendly treasure hunters headquartered out of his store that allows members access to the club’s mining claims and inclusion in fun and instructional activities. He encourages questions from the audience and never tires of answering them. Anyone with even a touch of “gold fever” won’t want to miss this lecture.


Ready for some toe-tappin and exuberant Country, Western, Bluegrass and Gospel music? Well-known local entertainers Ron Houser and Tara Houser Jones will combine their beautiful voices and their expertise playing the guitar and fiddle in a special return concert sure to delight music fans. Their performance will cap the 2018 season’s presentations on a high note as the museum staff and volunteers thank all who attended this year’s lectures and extend an invitation to return again next season.


Cossak 20-Stamp Ore Mill

Real Life Mining Exhibits

An imposing structure sitting high on a hill on the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum commands the attention of visitors. The Cossak 20-Stamp Ore Mill, a state-of-the-art piece of mining equipment used at the turn of the last century in the West, is a true vestige of bygone days. That it has survived to be seen by our many museum visitors and students of history and ended up on our museum grounds is remarkable. That it has been restored to running condition and part of it is operable for demonstrations is almost unbelievable.

This is due to the incredible efforts and dedication of numerous individuals. The stamp mill was donated to the Superstition Mountain Historical Society by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1989. Five volunteers went to New Mexico and spent 28 days disassembling and moving the behemoth to Arizona where it was later re-constructed on our hill. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the restoration of these old mills used for processing and

separating gold, silver and copper ore from the rock they occur in. Our museum has been lucky enough to attract the attention and efforts of a group of men who enthusiastically have repaired and now operate this mill. In addition, to augment and enlarge this exhibit on mining, the group has constructed both a primitive Spanish ore mill called an arrastra and a facsimile of a one-man working mine operation on the museum grounds.

LIVE DEMONSTRATION DATES: Sept. 9, 2017 - 10 a.m. Oct. 14, 2017 - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 11, 2017 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 25, 2017 – 11 a.m. Dec. 9, 2017 – 11 a.m. Jan. 4, 2018 – 11 a.m. Jan. 11, 2018 – 11 a.m. Jan. 13&14, 2018 – 11 a.m. Jan. 18, 2018 – 11 a.m. Jan. 25, 2018 – 11 a.m. Feb. 1, 2018 – 11 a.m. Feb. 8, 2018 – 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 2018 – 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 2018 – 11 a.m.


Feb. 22, 2018 – 11 a.m. Mar. 1, 2018 – 11 a.m. Mar. 8, 2018 – 11 a.m. Mar. 15, 2018 – 11 a.m. Mar. 22, 2018 – 11 a.m. Mar. 29, 2018 – 11 a.m. Apr. 5, 2018 – 11 a.m. Apr. 7, 2018 – 11 a.m. Apr. 14, 2018 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 12, 2018 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 13, 2018 – 11 a.m. May 18, 2018 – 11 a.m. June 17, 2018 – 11 a.m.

Don’t Miss Visiting the

Museum Gift Shop and General Store

Some of our visitors have been known to say that the Museum Gift Shop and the General Store in the barn are the best parts of the museum! We can’t say that, but we can encourage you to visit and browse both our Gift Shop located in the main museum building, and Charlie’s General Store that is located in the old Apacheland Barn onsite. In our Gift Shop, you will find a wide array of distinctive and unique items ranging from exclusive custom-made souvenirs to handmade Native American art, including exquisite “investment quality” jewelry and beautiful handmade pottery. Rock hounds will find rock and mineral specimens and the ladies will love our custom jewelry made from amethysts mined from Arizona’s only amethyst mine. In addition, featured in our Gift Shop is one of the finest selection of books in the Valley on a wide variety of Western, Southwest and local historical topics, including of course, books on Jacob Waltz and the Lost Dutchman Mine. If hiking is your interest, the shop also carries trail

maps of the Superstition Wilderness Area and other hiking locales. Guides to every type of Arizona flora and fauna abound, as well as geological identifiers and other guidebooks. All in all, we stock more than 800 titles. For a cold sarsaparilla or other refreshing treats, mosey into Charlie’s General Store in the Apacheland Barn. Western-themed gift items and souvenirs for young and old line the walls of this rustic shop. Cookbook collectors will love our wide selection of Western, Southwestern and local cookbooks. Remember, when purchasing any item from our museum gift shop, we are a nonprofit so we don’t have to charge sales tax. Proceeds from the Gift Shop and General Store sales support the Superstition Mountain Museum. * Tip: When purchasing any item from our museum Gift Shop or General Store, you can save 10% by purchasing a Museum Membership which also allows you other privileges including free museum admission and more.


Original Ted DeGrazia Paintings in Our Exhibit Gallery

An exhibit of original work by famed Southwest artist Ted DeGrazia is on display in the museum exhibit gallery throughout the 2017-2018 season. This exhibit is a retrospective of his paintings and sketches depicting “Prospectors and Pack Animals,” and the original of DeGrazia’s well known oil painting of Superstition Mountain. This season’s exhibit is generously on loan from the DeGrazia Foundation in Tucson.

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was fascinated with the beauty and lore of the Superstition Mountains where he had a gallery for several years and he made many expeditions into the mountainous backcountry including one in 1976 to burn 100 of his paintings as an income tax protest. He was a part-time resident of the Superstition foothills from 1974 until his death in 1982, residing at his Superstition Gallery.

’s a i z a r G De Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, AZ

Ted DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun, located at 6300 N. Swan Rd. in Tucson, AZ , was a labor of love, designed by DeGrazia and hand built by him and his friends over the course of several years. The 10-acre gallery property, run and maintained by the DeGrazia Foundation, is designated as a National Historic District and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

On display are six permanent collections of original DeGrazia paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery, including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. For more information, call 520-299-9191 or go to


The Cowboy Blacksmith

One of the most popular stops for student and adults alike visiting the museum is the Blacksmith Shop located at the northwest corner of the Apacheland Barn. The clang of hammer on metal, and the fire and smoke emanating from the forge lure everyone on the grounds to come and take a look and learn a thing or two about the 19th century blacksmith.

The blacksmith played a huge role in the taming of the West. Every town needed a blacksmith for the variety of things he made and repaired including horseshoes, household implements, wagon wheels, and farm and building tools. Jon Palmer is our resident Cowboy Blacksmith. He is in the Blacksmith Shop working on the forge most Saturdays during the winter season. Jon is an accomplished welder and blacksmith;

he refers to himself as “a Western Artist.” Jon was born and raised in the East Valley, and is a descendent of Zemira Palmer, who came to Arizona in 1846 on his way to California where he helped build Sutter’s Mill by day and prospected for gold by night. Jon is also a descendant of Peter Mortenson from Denmark, who moved out West in 1860 and became a “Pony Express” rider on the Nevada/Utah border route. Jon grew up on stories of the Superstition Mountains, and the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, and he has spent most of his life hiking in, and exploring, the Superstition Mountains. He has been involved with horses all his life. Stop by the Blacksmith Shop, say Hello to Jon, and settle in to experience a blacksmith shop of more than 100 years ago. Rumor has it that one visitor actually proposed to his girlfriend in front of the Blacksmith Shop utilizing one of Jon’s “prairie rings” made from a horseshoe!

G e nu i ne

Arizona Gold Nugget

is Prize in 2017-2018 Fundraiser Raffle The beautiful gold nugget being raffled as a fundraiser at the Superstition Mountain Museum is approximately the size of a dime.

Ever get the fever to prospect for gold? Well, the Superstition Mountain Museum has taken the hard work out of the process. Simply purchase a raffle ticket for $1.00, (or 6 for $5.00), and you could win a genuine Arizona Gold Nugget, weighing in at 1.6 grams, plus ticket buyers will be helping the museum in its biggest fundraising drive of the year. The Gold Nugget Raffle will be kicked off at the Nov. 4 Railroad Day when tickets will go on sale. Tickets can then be purchased

at the museum gift shop or at any of the upcoming free lectures or events until Mar. 29, 2018 when the winning ticket will be pulled by the area’s own “Lost Dutchman,” Teton Ken, at Dan Ware’s Gold Prospecting lecture. Need not be present to win. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history, legends and lore of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. It is run by the non-profit Superstition Mountain Historical Society. No public monies are taken to support the museum.


Superstition Mountain Museum

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Free Admission w/ Online Ticket - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Free Stamp Mill Demos -11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Desert Safety and Survival Class - 9 a.m.-Noon

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

Free Railroad Day – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.; FlintknappingClass - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Free Stamp Mill Demos – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk Class – 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Free Master Gardeners Class: Winter Color in Your Garden -11 a.m.-Noon; Desert Safety and Survival Class - 9 a.m.-Noon

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Free Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Barn Holiday Boutique - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo -11 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Edible Plants Class: What’s fer Dinner? -10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017

Free Lecture by Marshall Trimble: Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen- 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday&Sunday, Jan. 13&14, 2018

Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - $5 Admission per Person. Children under 10 years old admitted free with adult.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Free Lecture by Vince Simpson: Arizona Railroading - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo 11 a.m.

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

Desert Safety and Survival Class - 9 a.m-noon

Saturday, Jan. 20&21, 2018

Navajo Weaving Class - 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. each day

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Free Lecture by Karen Perry: Angels Three - 2 p.m. ; Free Stamp Mill Demo-11 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants of the West Class (field trip on museum site) - 9 a.m.Noon.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2&3, 2017

Free Lecture by Kurt Cavano: Four Peaks Amethyst Mine and Jewelry Sale - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Books for Building Fundraiser Sale - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Barn Holiday Boutique - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m. Free Master Gardeners Class: Winter Color in Your Garden - 11 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Free Lecture by Teton Ken: The Lost Dutchman and His Mine - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.


Introduction to Herbal Medicine Class - 9 a.m.; Dutch Oven Cooking - 9 a.m.-noon; Sampling at the Superstitions (Building Fundraiser) - 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Free Lecture by Richard Lapidus: Desert Snakes and Reptiles - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb.10, 2018

Superstition Authors and Artists Day, 9 a.m.4 p.m. - Free Admission

2017-2018 Season Schedule Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

Free Lecture by Jack Olson: Nature Photography - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m. Desert Safety and Survival Class - 9 a.m., Wild Edible&Medicinal Plants of the West Walk Class -9 a.m.; Free Class by Master Gardeners: Hello, Spring!-11 a.m.

Free Lecture by Michelle London-Marable: Buffalo Soldiers - 2 p.m., Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m. Free Master Gardeners Class: Hello Spring!11 a.m.- Noon

Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Sunday, FEB 18, 2018

Navajo Weaving - 9 a.m.

Free Lecture by Dan Ware: Prospecting for Fun and Profit - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo -11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Saturday&Sunday, Mar. 31 & April 1, 2017

Free Lecture by Greg McNamee: John Wayne in Arizona - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m. Kitchen Medicine Class - 9 a.m.

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018

Free Lecture by Randy Helm: BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program -2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018

Native Medicinal Plant Walk Class - 9 a.m., Dutch Oven Cooking Class - 9 a.m.- noon

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

Free Lecture by Porfirio Gutierrez: Mexican Zapotec Culture - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Friday, Saturday&Sunday, Mar. 9-11, 2018

Dutch Oven Cooking Class - 9 a.m:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.; Plant Talk -What’s fer Dinner? Class - 9 a.m. Books for Building Fundraiser Sale - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018

Free Lecture Series Finale -The Housers: A Concert of Bluegrass, Country, Western and Gospel Music - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Arts and Crafts on the Patio - Free Admission9 a.m. - 4p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Free Stamp Mill Demos- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Magic of Mexican Artistry -9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free Admission; Free Stamp Mill Demo each day - 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Mother’s Day - Free Admission for Moms and Kids - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo 11 a.m.

Free Lecture by Conrad Storad: Sonoran Desert Tales - 2 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Desert Safety and Survival Class - 9 a.m.

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018

Navajo Weaving Class - 9 a.m.

Free Stamp Mill Demos – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Thursday, May 18, 2018

International Museum Day - Free Admission for All - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Free stamp Mill Demo - 11 a.m.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father’s Day - Free Admission for Dads and Kids- 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Free Stamp Mill Demo at 11 a.m.


Railroad Celebration Day is Saturday, Nov. 4 Celebrate wi t h U s Model Railroad Exhibit

Railroad Day will be a celebration of the reopening of our G-Scale Model Train Exhibit. Bring the family for this free day of fun. After spending the summer being cleaned, repainted, and refurbished, the Superstition Mountain Museum Railroad, a 400+ square foot railroad exhibit, will re-open for the winter season. Aside from the general appeal to both young and old model railroad enthusiasts, the exhibit has an educational purpose. This popular exhibit represents how railroads played a major role in the development of the state and the “C’s” upon which Arizona’s economy is built – copper, cotton, cattle, climate, and citrus. Joining us on this day will be several other local model railroading groups will be set up on the grounds with some of their model displays, as well as music. Food will be available on the grounds. A Stamp Mill Demonstration will be staged at 11 a.m.


an old-fashioned chr istmas in the barn

New this year: ‘Caring for CAAFA’ Collection Drive to Aid AJ CAAFA Clients

The Apacheland Barn will be “Christmas Central” again this season at the Superstition Mountain Museum. Through the hard work of staff and volunteers, the barn will be transformed, whisking visitors to a time and place when life and Christmas celebrations were simple and heartfelt…when nature furnished many of the traditional green, white and red decorations displayed at Christmas, when the usual mode of winter transportation the sleigh - was full of gifts and decorated gaily for “dashing through the snow” to visit friends. We are asking museum visitors and the local community to help stuff Santa’s bag and sleigh with new socks, underwear, children’s clothing items and toys for clients of Apache Junction’s Community Alliance Against Family Abuse Center (CAAFA). Come and enjoy a magical step back in time and view our sleigh full of gaily wrapped boxes, our myriad of theme-decked Christmas trees, the aromatic General Store stocked full of Western items, the humbly decorated bunk house, and the gaudy saloon. On two Saturdays, November 25, and December 9, we will be hosting our annual Old Fashioned Christmas in the Barn Holiday Boutiques featuring artists and crafters displaying and selling their unique handmade items. Tables will be placed amidst the decorations and on the museum patio and grounds. Come and share the festive mood that will prevail and you just might find the perfect Christmas gift for someone (or yourself). Admission and parking are free.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutiques: Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free Admission


Superstition Mountain Heritage Don’t miss our biggest celebration of the season! Bring the whole family for a full day of fun!


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Yellow Bird Indian Dancers Saturday January 13 & 14, 2018 ’ 9 am - 4 pm ;

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Days & Apacheland Reunion Author and John Wayne Impersonator Ermal Williamson and Paula Williamson, Champion Yodeler Apacheland Movie Ranch Alumni and Apacheland stories. Michael, Charlie, and Hank will be selling and signing books in the barn all weekend.

Charlie LeSueur & Hank Scheffer

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Cowboy Steve will amaze with his rope tricks and skills with a lariat

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Special Appearance by Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory – Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment


Authors &Artists OF THE SUPERSTITIONS Visitors will have a chance to meet and mingle with area authors and artists who draw their inspiration from the beauty and history of the Superstition Mountains and the central Arizona deserts on Saturday, February 10, 2018 when the museum hosts an all-day event called “Authors and Artists of the Superstitions.” This free event will allow attendees to view a large selection of books, meet the authors, and get books autographed, while art devotees can view a variety of artwork for sale while chatting with the artists. Cowboy poets will be reading their poetry and there will be music and food available.


ArtsaCrafts ON THE PATIO

The museum patio and the Apacheland Barn have long been the venue for local artisans and craftsmen to come together at various times of the year and display and sell their handmade items. The museum hosts these events at various times each season and visitors never know what they are going to find, as they walk among the talented vendors who are always ready to discuss their work and chat.


THIS YEAR, DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS: OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN & HOLIDAY BOUTIQUES Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 & Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 APRIL FOOLISHNESS Saturday, April 7, 2018 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to Grounds and Parking are Free

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FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY • MARCH 9, 10 & 11, 2018 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. | ALL THREE DAYS | FREE ADMISSION The days when Mexican folk arts equated with border shop trinkets in people’s minds are long past. Today, Mexican artisans occupy a place amongst some of the finest in the world. These individuals create unique pottery that is considered to be among the world’s best, weave beautiful tapestries utilizing traditional materials and natural dyes, meticulously carve and paint intricate wooden fantasy animals, and fashion unique silver filigree jewelry. The museum is hosting the best of these artisans, some having been here before, some are new to this event. Be sure and join us at this year’s annual Mexican Artistry event. Visitors will be able to observe, and converse with the artists as they work. Finished works will be on display and for sale and up for auction. Admission to the event and parking are free.



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Registration can be accomplished by filling out a form available online at or call (480) 983-4888. Payment is due at registration.

Desert Safety&Survival Class

Hiking and camping in the Sonoran Desert is an amazing experience, but it can turn deadly if you are not prepared. John Jay, is a former Green Beret Survival Instructor and he will teach you important tips about surviving in just about any situation. Learn what John Jay packs in his own backpack. Class fee of $30 includes a special survival kit for your backpack and John Jay’s survival booklet.

Class dates: Saturdays - 9 a.m. - Noon October 21, 2017 November 18, 2017

February 18, 2018 March 18, 2018

Introduction to flintknapping class SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2017 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Flintknapping or knapping is the shaping of flint, obsidian or some other high silica stones through a controlled process of lithic reduction to make stone tools, sharp projectile points like arrowheads or spearheads, dĂŠcor, or, in modern times, even creating art. This class, new last year, was very popular. Class instructor Jon Boyd is a multi-talented teacher and author with broad experience in outdoor skills and tracking. He is semi-retired, and teaches stone tool making as part of Pima Community College curricula. Class fee: $30 per person


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Registration can be accomplished by filling out a form available online at or call (480) 983-4888. Payment is due at registration.

THE HERB GUY Dennis Ellingson, also known as “The Herb Guy,” is an herbalist and a forager. He is also the author of several books including best seller “God’s Healing Herbs,” “God’s Wild Herbs,” and “The Herb Guy’s Cookbook.” He does presentations, workshops, and seminars throughout the West. For the first time, Dennis will be offering two different classes at the museum during the winter season. In his class “Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West” students will take an easy walking tour of the Superstition Museum

grounds as Dennis explains what plants grow here and how they were, and still are, used for culinary and medicinal purposes. There will be time for Q&A plus edible and topical samples of the Southwest plants that grow in the area. Cost is $25 per person. Dates offered are: Nov. 11, 2017; Jan. 6, 2017; Jan. 27, 2018; and Feb. 17,2018. Time: 9 a.m. until noon. In his class “What’s Fer Dinner and the Medicine Cabinet in your Kitchen” Dennis will instruct attendees on the benefits of using culinary herbs and wild plants in simple and satisfying dishes. Plus, learn why some of the herbs in your kitchen cupboard can be used as medicines. Cost is $25 per person. Dates offered are: Dec. 2, 2017 and Mar. 31, 2018. Time: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


Free Gardening Classes " No Registration or Class Fee Required :

Winter Color in Your Gar den

Saturdays, 11 A.M. - Noon November 18, 2017 & Dec. 10, 2016

Are you lacking color in your garden in the winter? Are you a snowbird with nothing to do outside? It’s time to plan, plant and enjoy your garden. Join the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners and learn how you can have a beautiful garden in the winter.

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Saturday, FEB. 17, 2018 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 11 A.M. - Noon

Look outside! The roadside flowers and perennials are bursting with life and color after the cool winter and spring rains. Does your garden need some cheer? This workshop will teach you about color combinations and how to select, plant and grow Native desert, adapted and annual flowers in your gardens and planters.


Navajo Weaving Classes According to Navajo oral tradition, two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Native American 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 Master Weavers produce some of the most beautiful textile creations in the world. One of them, Nanabah Aragon, is a traditional Dine (Navajo) weaver who was declared a “living treasure” by the State of Arizona. Her

The classes will be offered on the following weekends: January 20-21, 2018; February 1718, 2018; and March 17-18, 2018. Each two-day class is limited to 6 people. The classes will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. each day. Students must

weavings have been on display at the Heard and Smithsonian museums. This famous weaver will be offering two-day Navajo Weaving Workshops at the Superstition Mountain Museum during the upcoming season. She will be teaching students the basics of Navajo weaving as they create their own sample and learn the techniques passed on from Nanabah’s mother and grandmother.

register at the museum for these classes and payment is due with registration. Class fee is $85 per person, plus a refundable $30 deposit for use of hand looms and other tools. Students should bring two to three skeins of wool yarn in their choice of colors. For more information, go to the museum website or call 480-983-4888.

A Navajo (Dine) Weaver’s Message by Nanabah Aragon

Weaving is a very important part of my Tradition. At a very young age I learned to weave. At the age of seven I made my first woven rug with my mother’s help. The steps involving weaving are very time consuming. Wool is sheared from sheep and hung out to dry in the sun for about two days. This drying process is done in order to remove oil and bring the natural colors out. The wool is then carded, spun, and washed out by hand several times with Yucca soap.


Now it’s ready to bundle up and use for weaving. It takes thirty minutes to an hour to weave a 1/2” across a three foot blanket. It takes longer to weave a more detailed design depending upon the size of the rug. The design is not planned on paper, however, beforehand I know in my mind what I will weave. My looms and tools are all hand made. I use mostly natural colors of wools, also the color of Ganado Red.

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Registration can be accomplished by filling out a form available online at or call (480) 983-4888. Payment is due at registration.

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Natalija Kyle, a clinical herbalist, Holistic Healthcare practitioner, yoga teacher, Reiki Master, and spiritual coach, will be returning to the museum to offer classes. She will be offering the following classes:

INTRO TO HERBAL MEDICINE –This class is for people who have ever wondered how to use herbs as medicine. This class will discuss how and why herbs are used as “medicine,” and safe and effective ways to use them. Simple recipes will be shared that can be used to create herbal medicine at home. Cost: $25 per person. Registration required in advance. When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 – 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

KITCHEN MEDICINE 101 – Most of the herbs and spices used today in cooking have been used for hundreds of years, not only for added flavor, but also for their healing abilities. Cost: $25 per person. Registration required in advance. When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 @ 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

NATIVE MEDICINAL PLANT WALK – This gentle informative hike of about an hour and a half will introduce students to some of the native plants that have been used for food, medicine and survival, both in historical and modern times. A delicious “desert tea” of Natalija’s blending will be sampled. Cost: $25 per person. Registration required in advanee. When: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2018 @8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Dutch Oven Cooking Introd. to Dutch Oven Feb 3 & Mar. 3, 2018 - 9 a.m. - Noon $25 Per Person

Hands-On Dutch Oven Cooking Mar. 31, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 3:30 P.M.

$50 Per Person Russ and Susan Richins have been conducting Dutch oven classes and demos for 15 years and Russ has over 50 years of experience cooking in Dutch ovens. They competed for many years in the Three-Pot Dutch Oven Cook-offs, winning many awards, and in 2008 won the Arizona State Championship. They own the Rocking RR Chuckwagon and have published a popular Dutch oven cookbook. Russ and Susan are personal chefs for small private events specializing in Dutch oven meals. They enjoy teaching others to cook in Dutch ovens and love it when folks come back to take a class a second and third time, just because they had fun. They say that the biggest compliment is when a previous student comes up and tells them about a successful cooking experience he/she had after taking their class.


SUMMERS AT THE MUSEUM Just because its hot, it doesn’t mean that things close down at the museum. We are open year around and although the pace slows down in the summer, there are still activities going on. And, don’t forget, the coldest sarsaparilla in Apache Junction can be bought each day at the museum General Store in the Apacheland barn.

Free Admission to Superstition Mountain Museum for Moms and Kids on Mother’s Day, Dads and Kids on Father’s Day What better way to spend Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018) or Father’s Day (June 17, 2018) than going on an excursion with the family to the Superstition Mountain Museum, particularly when the cost is so reasonable? The museum offers free admission to the museum exhibit gallery to all moms on Mother’s Day and dads on Father’s Day. Children under 17 get in free with an adult, so practically the whole family can view the gallery exhibits for free. Get some classic family photos and make some priceless family memories

Free Classic Western Movies in the Air-Conditioned Elvis Chapel Beat the heat and enjoy a blast from the past at Superstition Mountain Museum this summer by attending the free cool, classic Westerns that are being shown


every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon during June and July in the air-conditioned Elvis Chapel. Snacks are available at the Apacheland Barn General Store.

Free Summer Admission to Active Duty Military Families Being one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across America, this museum join the others in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children every summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Free Monthly Stamp Mill Demonstrations Our stalwart stamp mill volunteers brave the heat one Saturday morning per month each summer to stage a demonstration of our ore stamp mill in operation.

Become a Member

Please mail completed application to: Superstition Mountain Museum PO Box 3845 Apache Junction, AZ 85117-4138


Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All gifts and donations are considered tax deductible as the law permits. Its mission is to collect, preserve and display the artifacts, history, legends and folklore of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding area.

MEMBERSHIP INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Prospector One-Year Membership: $ 35.00

Includes: Free admission for immediate family, two free SMM guest passes, Quarterly Museum Messenger newsletter via email, 10% discount in the SMM gift shop and Superstition Mountain Journal.

New Membership Privilege

An exciting new membership privilege for both one-year and three-year membership holders includes free admission for the immediate family and a 10 percent discount in the shops of the following museums: Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek, Arizona; Rim Country Museum, Payson, Arizona; River of Time Museum, Fountain Hills, Arizona; and Rosson House, Phoenix, Arizona.

Gold Panner Three-Year Membership: $ 100.00

Includes: Free admission for immediate family, eight free SMM guest passes, quarterly Museum Messenger newsletter via email, Superstition Mountain Journal and 10% discount in the SMM Gift Shop and when using the Elvis Memorial Chapel or Amphitheater for a special service/event.

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Facilities Rental Contact Jeff, (480) 983-4888 ext 105

Visitors to the museum often inquire whether our museum facilities are available for rental to groups or individuals who are hosting special events. The answer is yes, and we are happy to invite you to explore the opportunities to host your wedding, reception, corporate gathering, family event or memorial service in the midst of the beautiful Sonoran Desert beneath the breathtaking splendor of the Superstition Mountains. The Elvis Chapel, and the Outdoor Amphitheater are available at affordable prices and make wonderfully memorable venues offering unsurpassed photographic opportunities.

Volunteers Needed The Superstition Mountain Museum is always actively recruiting volunteers. Both full time residents of the community and winter volunteers are being encouraged to see how much fun it is to join an enthusiastic, friendly group of people who love history and the area they live in. Volunteers are only asked to work a minimum of four hours per week and can choose the days and times they would like to work. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities can call the museum at (480) 983-4888 or visit the Gift Shop to pick up a short application.


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Museum Earns TripAdvisor Excellence Award

The Board of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and staff of the Superstition Mountain Museum are proud to announce that the museum has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor based on “the consistently great reviews earned” from travelers that send their comments to the TripAdvisor website.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site. With over 500 million candid traveler reviews, the site helps travelers make

decisions on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Museum Director Liz Nicklus commented, “We are so proud to have earned this award again this year from TripAdvisor, the web’s most dynamic travel website. We’d also like to thank the many guests who have visited us and left positive feedback and our dedicated group of volunteers who interact with our visitors every day.”

Museum Volunteers Thanked This museum could not exist without the generous efforts of more than 120 volunteers who keep it going day in and day out, with energy, humor, and a deep love for this area and its history. Everyone associated with the museum realizes that without the countless hours of labor donated

by our loyal museum volunteers, the museum could not survive, particularly with the number of activities and visitors increasing every year. The scope of the efforts of our volunteers is unbelievably wide and incredibly diverse. And these efforts of each and every volunteer are appreciated beyond measure.

Fundraisers Planned for Building Expansion

The Building Fund Drive for the new museum expansion is being kicked into high gear during the upcoming season. We will be holding several fund raisers this season, beginning with a “Books for the Building” used media (books, dvds, cds, etc.) sale on Saturday, Dec 2-Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, and Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1, 2018. Our major fundraiser will be an event called “Sampling at the Superstitions”

scheduled for Saturday evening, Feb. 3, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Guests will take a leisurely stroll around the museum and grounds stopping at different exhibits for a short presentation accompanied by a sample of beer or wine, along with appetizers. Tickets for this event will be available beginning Nov. 1, 2017. See superstitionmountainmuseum. org for more information.




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SMM 2017 - 2018 Event Schedule Booklet  

Superstition Mountain Museum 2017-2018 Season Event Schedule Booklet. Season Events, Classes, Arts & Crafts on the Patio, and other Special...