Friday, February 10th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Human History in the Verde Valley
The Crane Petroglyph Site
and V-V Historic Ranch
The Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site on the V-V (V bar V) Historic Ranch of the Coconino National Forest is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley.
It is also one of the best-preserved with extremely few items of historic graffiti. The vast majority of the imagery was created by “the people of ancient times,” ancestors of the Hopi Tribe (Hisatsinom), referred to as the Southern Sinagua Culture by archaeologists. The site is also important to members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation as part of their ancestral lands. This book provides an overview of the cultures that occupied the area from about 11,500 BCE through the various ranch owners.
Ken Zoll and Peter J. Pilles, Jr. have written a book on the site. Ken will give a presentation on the book which will be available for purchase and signing.
Saturday, February 11th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Traditional Apache Flute-making Workshop
Don Decker was the former Director of the Apache Culture Department of the Yavapai-Apache Nation (YAN) and most recently was the Director of the Public Relations Department at YAN. Decker is an accomplished craftsperson; he is also a fluent speaker of the Apache language.
Decker's great-grandfathers, Henry Irving and Captain Smiley (Esmallie) of Camp Verde were Indian scouts for the U.S. Cavalry at the end of the 1800s in Ft. Verde.
Decker will conduct a flute-making workshop here at the museum using river cane collected from the edge of the Verde River. This workshop will allow participants to construct a functioning flute for personal use and learn the basic techniques of playing the river cane flute.
The workshop fee is $50, which includes all materials. The workshop is limited to 10 participants and will be in-person at VVAC. Click HERE to register for this class.
Saturday, February 17th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Exploring the Night Sky
H. H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites
Ken Zoll will present and discuss his new book, H.H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites. Harvey H. Nininger is
considered by many to be the “Father of American Meteoritics” - the study of meteorites. He was a pioneer and innovator in the field.
After moving to Arizona, he established the American Meteorite Museum on famous Route 66, north of Meteor Crater, from 1946 to 1953. When Route 66 was bypassed by the new Interstate Highway, the museum was moved to Sedona’s Main Street where it operated until 1960. The collection was eventually sold to the British Museum of Natural History and to Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies.This biography covers Nininger’s colorful career from his hunt for meteorites from around the world, to his museums, and his many discoveries in the field of meteoritics. Books will be available to purchase and for signing.
Saturday, February 25th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dark Skies and Why They Matter
Tentatively on Saturday, February 25th, we have a speaker who will discuss Dark Skies and Why They Matter. More information will be posted here once we have confirmation.
Visit our list of past lectures on YouTube