Bullion Plaza Programs: Electoral College, Apache Scouts, Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings

Just how does the Electoral College work, why was it built into the U.S. Constitution and does it continue to represent the  nationwide population? Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum continues its excellent series of wintertime once-a-month Hardscrabble Lectures with Gila County Attorney Brad Beauchamp as the special guest Wednesday, Feb. 19  from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the topic ‘History of the Electoral College: Our Founding Fathers.’

Wednesday night Hardscrabble programs are co-hosted along with the Gila County Historical Museum in Globe, programs are always free but donations are definitely welcome.

And if you haven’t visited Bullion Plaza lately, make sure to arrive early to explore singular collections ranging from Gila County gems and minerals to copper mining heritage, the impressive Rose Mofford Collection of memorabilia, McKusick tiles and more.

Mark your calendar for more Bullion Plaza programs

March 6 when historian Bill Haak presents ‘The Story of an Apache Scout’ as a First Friday lecture at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Wilbur ‘Bill’ and Lynn Haak are coauthors of the picture-packed concise history of Globe published as part of the popular Images of America series. The author returns to Globe-Miami to narrate Territorial era history of General Crook and the Apache Scout program; the mutiny at Cibecue; an Army telegrapher raising two Apache boys; Scouts activities; life at Fort Huachuca and much more.

March 18 Cliff Dwellings of the Sierra Ancha with archaeologist John Mack, at 6:30 p.m.

Built in the early 1200s, ancient cliff dwellings still can be seen today, a testament to the ingenuity of those who settled the Sierra Anchas. Dr. Mack uses historical research, observation of the architectural features, and firsthand knowledge gained by hours of hiking to relate the story of these people who first lived in the canyons of the Sierra Ancha.

Author and archaeologist John Mack earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Kansas and teaches history online through Georgia State University. He has published articles on both Russian and American History, and is an avid outdoorsman.

April 3 The Oscar Lyons, father and son road pioneers. Transportation historian Rick Powers introduces his audience to Oscar Lyon, Sr. and Oscar Lyon, Jr., and explains how the father helped build the first roads and his son became an engineer, eventually the Arizona State Engineer, and helped build the first highways.


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