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EAC Discovery Park Campus to host annual Historical Society Symposium

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EAC Discovery Park Campus to host annual Historical Society Symposium

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Discovery Park Campus will play host to the Graham County Historical Society’s annual Fall Symposium. There is no charge for this evening of wonderful storytelling, refreshments, and live musical entertainment.

The Symposium will be held Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Discovery Park Campus Ranch House, from 7-8:30 p.m., and will include traditional and upbeat musical entertainment from local fiddler group, Trio Bravo. This year’s special presenters are Helen Ruth Cole and Danny Haralson.

Helen Ruth Cole is a prolific author, Gila Valley historian and genealogist, and talented artist. She traces her roots back to the earliest local settlers and will share a compilation of notable stories and happenings from both the early and not-too-distant past of the Gila Valley. “Helen will glean through well over 100 years of Graham County history to give us a peek into the past that will bring tears, laughter, and appreciation for those early settlers and their tenacity in a desert oasis,” said EAC Discovery Park Campus director, Paul Anger.

Danny Haralson is a fourth generation Graham County native, extensive author, Gila Valley historian and researcher, and sought-out lecturer and presenter. He will share a presentation on the remarkable “Swift Murphy Post Amusement Park” built in 1934. “This amazing facility promised the early citizens of Safford and nearby towns a full day of fun and recreation with a community swimming pool and wading pool for the little ones, tennis courts, and an exterior band shell and dance floor, and probably a few surprises that Danny will let us in on,” said Anger.

This is a family-friendly event. Teachers, students, and youth groups are invited to come and learn about the history and lessons learned by early Graham County residents.

Guests are also invited to view the Historical Society’s new artifacts exhibit in the main gallery at Discovery Park Campus with a room full of interesting and one of a kind artifacts from Graham County history.

There will be tours of the Gallery and “History of Astronomy,” Space Shuttle “Polaris” simulator rides, as well as a public viewing of night sky objects through the 20-inch telescope. For more information, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260.