Tempe’s Historical Tapestry

Native American, Spanish, African & Anglo Threads

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
Free and open to the public

A three-way panel featuring:

  • Dr. Theresa Avila, School of Transborder Studies, ASU
  • Dr. Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS
  • Scott Solliday, Historian and Genealogist

Eventbrite - Tempe’s Historical Tapestry

The tumultuous 16th-19th centuries in the American Southwest saw the collapse of the Spanish empire, war between Mexico and the USA, the abolition of slavery and indigenous resistance and the arrival of immigrants from Northern and Southern Europe. In this innovative three-way panel, the strands of history, legend, visual culture and genealogy are interwoven to provide the audience with a kaleidoscope of Arizona’s unusual and varied past. An anthropologist and ethno-historian (Dr. Sharonah Fredrick), a specialist in visual culture (Dr. Theresa Avila) and a historian investigating Arizona's genealogical heritage (Scott Solliday) will present an overview of our area that ranges from imperial decrees to the moving personal histories of families whose roots lie deep in Tempe’s soil. Using history as a backdrop, The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and the School of Transborder Studies (STS) will reveal the many evolving components of Tempe’s cultural identity.

This event is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the School of Transborder Studies at ASU, and the Tempe History Museum.