Expo, Barbecue Taught Us Plenty

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Editor:

The Archaeological Expo, held last weekend in Green Valley Park, taught us all more about archaeology than we had known before. The exhibits were thoughtfully crafted to appeal to all ages, and many school classes took advantage of "hands on" learning. We thank the State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona Archaeological Society, and its local chapter, for organizing this popular event in Payson.

The Rim country is full of stories of the past, and many were shared as visitors wandered through the Rim Country Museum, for example, and heard Anna Mae Deming describe her family kitchen exhibited there. Our thanks to her for making history "live."

We are grateful to all the volunteers at the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology and at the Rim Country Museum for their efforts. Both museums were open at no charge, and with extended hours, to accommodate numerous visitors. The "Cowboy Culture Barbecue", held at the Rim Country Museum Saturday following the close of the Expo, was a fitting closure to the two days of activities. Albert Hunt provided a superb deep pit BBQ enjoyed by over 250 hungry visitors, who all thank him. Eddie Armer and his band entertained with country western music on the museum's veranda, and we thank him, too, for adding to the festivities.

The museums have many supporters. A special thanks is deserved by the following local artists whose works are represented in the MRCA gallery: Jackie Bond, Anne Branagan, Jim Garrity, Nadine Harris, Jay Kemp, Rock Newcomb, Carol Kane Simerly, and Dick Wolfe. They all contributed artworks for the silent auction held during the BBQ.

We are always grateful to the Roundup. It keeps all well informed about museum activities. We particularly appreciated Jim Keyworth's recent articles on the Expo and the Rim Country's exhibit, "Women of the Rim: The Spirit of Tenacity".

The Northern Gila County Historical Society's two museums fill an important cultural and educational need in Payson. This was obvious last weekend.

Patricia M. Lundblad, President, Northern Gila County Historical Society

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