The 390th Memorial Museum, will hold a re-dedication and re-opening ceremony and gala on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 PM. It will be the culminating event of the Tucson annual reunion weekend of the 390th veterans, their descendants and local museum members. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the activation of the 390th Bomb Group. I’m going early to photograph the exhibits and veterans for the Museum Section of our SouthernArizonaGuide.com.
The museum is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of the 390th Bomb Group (Heavy) stationed in England in World War II. Recently, it has undergone a major renovation with the addition of a mezzanine and new exhibits in 12,000 additional square feet.
The centerpiece of the museum is a restored B-17 known as the Flying Fortress which was the most recognizable symbol of the European air war in World War II. The 390th BG also participated in the humanitarian food drops over Holland in the last week of the war, known as Operation Chow Hound.
The public is invited to attend the opening ceremonies. Admission to the hangar party immediately following the re-dedication is $50 per person. The 390th Memorial Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia, on the grounds of Pima Air and Space Museum. For more information you can call 520.574. 0287 or visit www.390th.org.
Nightfall, Arizona’s biggest Halloween attraction returns to Old Tucson for its 23rd year each Thursday thru Sunday, beginning Friday, September 27th through Thursday, October 31st. Nightfall has been rated in the top ten US Halloween attractions by Haunt World magazine for four years running. With terrifying attractions, live shows, and gruesome characters – It’s not just a Haunted House; It’s a Whole Town Gone Mad! This year:
- All New Live Shows: Nightfall features Hollywood-style spectacular stunts, pyrotechnics, and horrifying effects. Shows include dramatic post-apocalyptic themes to uproarious comedy to family-friendly magic.
- Kindred of the Dust: Nightfall’s biggest and best-yet live show features stunts and post-apocalyptic renegades who control the only water supply in the desert.
- This Prison’s Got Talent: A comedy show with incarcerated serial killer Pappy Scrap and his gang who have created a new diversion to relieve the monotony of life in the Maricopa County Prison.
- Magic of the Macabre: An amazing magic and illusion show by John Shryock and Mari Lynn.
- New Haunted attractions span colorful folk legends to medieval superstition to gruesome roaming characters.
Dia De Los Muertos: Since the time of the Aztecs it has been believed that the spirits of the dearly departed return to Earth one day a year for a happy reunion. Join them for the Day of the Dead.
- The Curse of the Blood Witch: The line between good and evil blurs when villagers turn to brutality to root out evil witches in their midst.
Sounds totally gruesome. This year I may go and experience the terror first hand.
Several species of native palms (brahea, sabal and Washingtonia) usually found in isolated oases in narrow canyons along the coast of the Sea of Cortez near Guaymas, Mexico are being placed in an accessible “walking garden” that incorporates other native plants of the canyons such as rock fig, sea grape and Nacapule jasmine, along with a “spring fed” stream that will support a population of endangered native fish.
According to Christine Conte, Executive Director of TCP, “This exhibit enhances the visitor experience through foliage-shaded paths and a new water feature complementing the streamside riparian exhibit by creating a beautiful space that lets people experience a taste of these remote areas. Very few people will ever be able to experience these oasis in the wild. It’s important to show people the incredible range our Sonoran Desert has to help preserve all of it.”
The new exhibit is included in the cost of admission and is open 8am to 5pm, seven days a week, starting in October. You can view our original Tohono Chul video at Main Menu > Attractions > Parks / Gardens.
My wife & daughters gave me an Edward Curtis for my 60th birthday. It’s a magnificent portrait of “The Worst Indian Who Every Lived” and hangs proudly in our living room. I’m not about to miss this exhibit.
The Arizona State Museum just inside Main Gate on the U of A will present Curtis Reframed: The Arizona Portfolio. The exhibit opens November 9, 2013 and continues through July 2015. Hard to imagine that any Arizonan has never seen an Edward Curtis photograph of American Indians that he created in the early years of the 20th century.
This exhibit explores Curtis’s work in Arizona from 1903 to 1928, featuring photogravures and narratives from his life’s work, The North American Indian, a 20-volume set. Lauded and decried, Curtis’s sepia-toned portraits have fascinated generations of audiences and, for better or worse, continue to influence how the world thinks of American Indians. Photogravures from the permanent collections of Arizona State Museum and examples of the copper plates from the collections of The Center for Creative Photography explore Curtis’s work with 13 Arizona tribes from 1903 to 1928. Twenty images will be exhibited and then rotated at six month intervals for a total of sixty over the life of the exhibit. Arizona-specific volumes are One (Apache, Navajo), Two (Pima (Akimel O’odham), Mojave, Papago (Tohono O’odham), Qahatika (Tohono O’odham), Yuma (Quechan), Maricopa (Pee Posh), Hualapai, Havasupai, Yavapai), and Twelve (Hopi). For more information visit www.statemuseum.arizona.edu .
Also at the Arizona State Museum on Saturday, November 2nd will be Wonder Weavers: An Arizona Basketry Festival from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. This event is on the front lawn of the Museum and is Free. The festival celebrates the enduring basketry traditions of our state’s Native cultures, honors modern-day weavers, and to encourages the continuation of the ancient art form at this show and sale. Meet more than a dozen Native weavers from across the state, including Akimel O’odham, Apache, Chemehuevi, Hopi, Navajo, and Tohono O’odham. There will be music and dance performances, and of course lots of food vendors.
Our SouthernArizonaGuide.com has very little on the Tohono O’odham (so far), but a great deal on the Apaches. Go to Main Menu > Local History > Apaches.
Speaking of Apaches, if you are a subscriber to SouthernArizonaGuide.com, you’ve already seen our recent photographs of Fort Bowie. We visited this amazing historical site the same weekend we hiked Aravaipa Canyon, which has been our most popular feature to date.
We also recently published The Train To Tombstone; and features about How Gates Pass Got Its Name. And The Day Amelia Earhart Dropped In For Dinner. Oh, and we also posed the question, Is El Rancho Merlita The Best B&B in Tucson?