"First Friday, In Their Own Words" are presentations made on the first Friday of the month to CHSM and the public.
Below are some of the First Friday presentations. Open any name panel for a synopsis of the interview.
"Badges, Bootleggers, Bottles, and Booze" is Peggy Hicks' presentation that tells of the sinister side of the model Town of Clarkdale. This would have been an in-person presentation for the museum, but due to COVID-19, it was done as a video. It begins with Peggy's "live" introduction, then moves to her narrating a detailed historical recollection of the Clarkdale 100 years ago during prohibition and the Roaring Twenties.
Ken Zoll presents a talk entitled “Sinagua Meteorites from Meteor Crater.” Ken has been working in conjunction with Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies on meteorites found at Native American ruins in the Verde Valley and beyond. The occurrence of meteorites on archaeological sites in North America has been known since the early 19th century. From the Hopewell culture in the eastern United States to the Indians in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, meteorites have been found on these ancient sites. Much like meteorite hunters of today, ancient Native American cultures actively engaged in meteorite collecting. Several meteorite fragments from Meteor Crater near Flagstaff have been discovered at ancient dwellings in Central Arizona. This paper will describe these meteorite locations, how they were associated with Meteor Crater and how one of the meteorites, using radiocarbon dating, established its location within a ruin and confirmed the date of the ruin’s destruction.
Ken Zoll is the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. He is also a researcher in ancient astronomy. He has authored Sinagua Sunwatchers: An Archaeoastronomy Survey of the Sacred Mountain Basin and Understanding the Rock Art of Sedona and the Verde Valley. His latest book entitled Heart of the Sky describes several of his discoveries.
First Fridays in Their Own Words: Felicia Coates, "Mysteries of the Museum" March 7, 2020 Felicia discusses some of the interesting items in the museum, some local history, and how items are chosen to be added to the collection.
Vincent Randall, Clarkdale native, former educator, and member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, tells the story of the Exodus of the Yavapai-Apache. This is his presentation from the First Friday talk on February 7, 2020.
Gayle Mabery is the town's longest serving Town Manager, having served for 21 years. The presentation from her First Friday talk on June 7, 2019 is linked here. Gayle review milestones of the town since its incorporation in 1957, and breaks the talk into decades.
Our featured speaker is none other than Dinah (Moore) Gemmill. Dinah was born and raised in Clarkdale and has plenty of great stories to share! She spent her early life growing up here, attending the schools, marrying Jim, going to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, singing in the church choir, raising her children here, seeing her grandchildren raised in the same community, teaching, and finally retiring. Hear about the earlier days of Clarkdale as seen through her eyes.