(Flagstaff, AZ)—2012’s Sedona Lecture Series celebrates Arizona’s centennial year with subjects that explore the early years of the twentieth century, when Arizona was a new state. This year's talks offer a glimpse into life during this period on the Colorado Plateau. The series is annually presented by the Sedona Muses and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. All four lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Sedona United Methodist Church in Sedona.
Southwestern Encounters: Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and Her Contemporaries
Presented by Dr. Betsy Fahlman, ASU Professor of Art History
Monday, January 9, 7:00 p.m.
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton’s story represents a powerful narrative within Arizona’s art history. Her work and career serves as a counterpoint to the other Arizona women artists who were her contemporaries and their chronicle exemplifies a rich Southwestern cultural history. These artists participated in a broad national conversation about the changing roles of women, including their participation in institution building, cultural preservation, exhibitions, education, social reform, and decorative arts.
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton: Artist and Advocate in Early Arizona is an exhibit of her life and work at the Museum of Northern Arizona from June 17–October 28, 2012.
Historic Trading Posts of the Western Navajo Reservation
Presented by Jim Babbitt, Flagstaff Historian
Monday, February 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Atlantic & Pacific Railway opened up the vast Indian country of the Southwest to commerce and settlement. Small general merchandise stores, dubbed trading posts, sprang up across the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache reservations of northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. This talk will trace the development of trading posts on the western Navajo reservation, with an emphasis on the network of posts established and operated by the Babbitt family.
Everyday Scenes of Hopi Life
Presented by Dr. Robert Breunig, Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
A pictorial overview of Hopi life during the time period Arizona was moving towards statehood. In contrast to the political wrangling in the urban areas, Hopi life revolved around their homes and fields. Dr. Breunig will discuss Hopi village life and farming in this heavily illustrated talk, featuring historic photographs by early photographers including Kate Cory, Emry Kopta, Adam Clark Vroman, and others. See Hopi architecture, creation of art, agriculture, and village life in the early part of the twentieth century on the Colorado Plateau.
An exhibit of photographs by Kate Cory on everyday scenes of Hopi life from the early part of the twentieth century is opening March 10–July 22, 2012 at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Sedona: The Centennial Era and Beyond
Presented by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, Granddaughter of Sedona Schnebly
Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
One of the most spectacular places in Arizona, Sedona got a jump on the state by being founded a decade earlier. Even before that, people were discovering and adding to the community here. Author Lisa Schnebly Heidinger takes us on a stroll through Sedona’s growth, from earliest settlers to those contributing today.
Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s Centennial gift to Arizona is her book Arizona: 100 Years Grand, which has been chosen as the OneBookAZ for 2012, an exciting statewide program that aims to bring communities together through literature.
All of the lectures are held at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road in Sedona. Proceeds from the Sedona Lecture Series benefit the Museum of Northern Arizona. Tickets for each lecture are $6 members/$7 nonmembers per lecture or $20 members/$25 nonmembers for the entire series.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance from MNA at 928.774.5213, the Muses at 928.282.9781, Bashas’ in Sedona, or Weber’s IGA in the Village of Oak Creek.