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Quick Note: 100 Years Old

January 21, 2012

Today’s Quick Note is about a one hundredth birthday. As this News Post tells us, Arizona will celebrate its one hundredth year of statehood on Valentine’s Day this year.

The post discusses numerous special events that will help commemorate the anniversary. “Commemorative events around the centennial birthday began in 2010, but those forthcoming at the UA include lectures, tours, performances and a gem and mineral exhibition. All told, events will center on happenings since Feb. 14, 1912 and others predating statehood.” [italics are added by me]

Notably:

  • The College of Fine Arts is hosting “The Arizona Radio Hour,” Jan. 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. The UA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television touring company, Encore!, will present a history of Arizona, the 48th state.
  • The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will present “Step Back in Time at the San Xavier del Bac Mission” Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend a 1 p.m. presentation by the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus at San Xavier, 1950 W. San Xavier Road.
  • The culminating Feb. 11 event, “Arizona 100: A Celebration Through the Lens of Time,” will be held at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The 3-5 p.m. event will spotlight the work of CLAS students and faculty members and will include spoken word, video, corridos, dance and music. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will open the program. Tickets are available in advance at the UA Fine Arts Box Office.
One of my personal favorite activities is this one:
The UA Libraries is introducing another new exhibit, “Mapping Arizona: From Mexican Territory to U.S. State” to remain open through March 28 featuring books, documents and historic maps detailing the path Arizona took to becoming a state – first as part of the Territory of New Mexico, then as the Territory of Arizona.  
If you live in, or are traveling to Arizona, consider attending one of these events. Reading the post will be a good start. Happy Birthday, Arizona!
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