Please join us to tour the variety of all original art by local artist Katalin Ehling. Starting with fashion drawings while in Paris in the 60's, to her 45 years as batiks artist and watercolorisrt, t...
It's THANK YOU TUESDAY!!! And who do we have to thank for making us the COOLEST museum in Cave Creek? Desert State Air LLC. Two weeks ago our main air conditioning unit went down, and Desert State Air recognized how important climate control is to safeguard our priceless collections--especially in the summer heat. In the span of a couple days they had us diagnosed--unfortunately the unit had aged out--quoted us a very fair price, and had the new unit installed by a team of super nice guys. We believe they give every customer the same great service and attention to detail, so we hope you all will give Desert State Air a call when things get too hot at your house! #ThankYouTuesday #desertstateair #cavecreekmuseum #cavecreek #cavecreekaz ... See MoreSee Less
The word Hohokam is a Pima language term for “all used up” or “exhausted,” and the name given by archeologists to the ancient farming peoples of the southern deserts of Arizona.
The Hohokam lived in the Phoenix Basin along the Gila and Salt Rivers, in southern Arizona along the Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers, and north on the Lower Verde River and along the New and Agua Fria Rivers. Hohokam influences were even more widespread, with Hohokam-style architecture and artifacts as far north as Flagstaff, Arizona, south into northern Sonora, Mexico, and east into southwestern New Mexico.
Hohokam villages are evidenced in many areas within the Cave Creek Mining District--one that is easy to reach by a short hike is named the "Sears-Kay Ruins" and is located off FR 24 just inside the boundaries of the Tonto National Forest.
The Hohokam were“masters of the desert.” The pre-history people lived in and around Cave Creek from about 700 A.D. through 1450 A.D.During this time, they achieved remarkable successes. The Hohokam are probably most famous for their creation of extensive irrigation canals along the Salt and Gila rivers. In fact, the Hohokam had the largest and most complex irrigation systems of any culture in the New World. When the Arizona canals were built to supply Phoenix and outlying areas with water, the engineers used the traces of the ancient Hohokam canals to guide them.
Why this once-flourishing cultural pattern came to an end remains a mystery. Whatever the answer, however, people remained, descendants of whom include the Pima and Tohono O'odham of southern Arizona. ... See MoreSee Less
The Cave Creek Museum also houses & displays the artifacts from 5 local excavations: Livingston, Ocotillo, Quarter Circle One, Mueller, and Shogur. Also on display are loans of artifacts from local excavations curated at other institutions: the Blue Wash Ruin, Spur Cross Ranch and a long term loan of fabulous Hohokam pottery from Cactus Shadows Fine Art Center.
Another celebration at the Historic Church at the Cave Creek Museum. In the five years since we partnered with the Mission Wedding Chapel, hundreds of couples have taken or renewed their vows in the venerable old church.
Do you know lovebirds looking for an authentically rustic wedding venue?
It's THANK YOU TUESDAY! And the Cave Creek Museum sends a BIG thank you to our friends and business partners, Tech4Life. Tech4Life has been a friend indeed to many located in the Cave Creek/Carefree area and in particular to the many non-profits. The giving of their time and knowledge knows no bounds and we appreciate them. We hope you'll remember Tech4Life for all your tech needs!
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Dorothy Smith, (pictured), a retired librarian from New York, had grown up in East Coast refinement, she loved Cave Creek and saw a need for a library to serve the rural area. Determined to serve the public, Mrs. Smith filled the trunk of her car with books and bounced around the rutted dirt roads of Cave Creek to lend books to the townsfolk. In 1954, Mrs. Smith’s friend, Corolyn Cox, signed a contract with Maricopa County to open the Cave Creek Branch of the Maricopa Library. For over a decade, the library moved to different locations as it grew, before finally moving into its own building in 1969. It was named the Dorothy E. Smith Maricopa County Free Library in its founder’s honor. When the library moved into its current home on Saguaro Hill, it was renamed Desert Foothills Library. #cavecreekmuseum #cavecreek #cavecreekhistory #desertfoothillslibrary ... See MoreSee Less
President Reagan “broke the all-male tradition” on this day in 1981 when he nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. O’Connor, an Arizona role model and trailblazer, was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice that September. ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone needs to have a goal to battle the inertia of "heat brain". (A common malady during Cave Creek summers!) The Cave Creek Museum's goal for July is to learn to pronounce Phainopepla. Or rather, "The Bird Formerly Known as the Black Cardinal".
First, we have to point out that the Phainopepla is NOT a cardinal, though it looks very similar to the more familiar bird of scarlet plumage with it's perky crested head and glossy feathers, only clad in formal black. The Phainopeplas are the only U.S. representative of the family Ptilogonatidae, (next month's pronunciation goal), known as “silky-flycatchers.”
The Phainopepla's digestive tract is uniquely designed to digest mistletoe berries, but mistletoe berries don't have a lot of nutrients, so a Phainopepla may eat up to 1,100 berries a day! And fun fact: on average, the berries only remain in the Phainopeplas' intestine for about twelve minutes.
The Phainopepla mimics many other bird's calls, but it's own song is a many-syllabled rambling song that includes a distinctive whistled wheedle-ah, given throughout the day from regular song perches.
And how do you pronounce Phainopepla? fay-no-PEHP-lah... All together now: fay-no-PEHP-lah!
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