By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: October 2016
Since October has been designated at National
Arts and Humanities Month, this article will focus on the Library’s
partnership with Arizona Humanities. Sedona Public Library has had a long-standing
partnership with Arizona Humanities to provide educational and enjoyable
speaker programs for our community.
Here’s a preview of Arizona Humanities speaker programs scheduled
- Wednesday, October 12: Ken Zoll will present “The
Billingsley Hopi Dancers.” In 1921 the Hopi were told that “church
people” petitioned Congress to stop their “pagan” dancing.
In 1927, a platform was erected on the U.S. Capitol steps where
both Houses of Congress assembled with their families to see
the Hopi dancers. Following the performance, Congress passed
a Resolution giving the Hopi permission to carry on their dancing “for
all time.” The dancers continued to perform, culminating
in performances at Carnegie Hall in 1955. The Verde Valley Archaeology
Center and Hopi Tribe jointly received a grant from the National
Film Preservation Foundation to preserve a rare 1957 film of
the dancers. This presentation provides background on the history
of the Hopi dancers and shows portions of the film.
- Monday, November 7: Marshall Shore, known
as Arizona’s Hip Historian, will share “Arizona Kicks
on Route 66.” U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother
Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L. A.
During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path
by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and
new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona,
including the impact it had on the state during its prime, and
what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of
the towns that drew life from the road. This multi-media presentation
includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s
- Monday, December 5: During Jody Drake’s
presentation, “On the Arizona Frontier Ranch Medicine,” you
will learn about medical care in the late 1800s in Arizona. For
this presentation, Jody will use a frontier medical bag to take
an in-depth look at illness and how frontier families learned
that plants held many secrets for someone who was ill.
All Arizona Humanities speaker programs begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Church
of the Nazarene, 55 Rojo Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. These programs,
generously funded by Arizona Humanities and Friends of Sedona Public Library,
are free and open to the public.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Library
services are made possible thanks to generous donations of individuals
and foundations. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website
Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village at Suite 51 A in
Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. The Village library is closed Sunday and Monday. For more
information call the library at 928-284-1603 or visit Sedona
website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.