Karen Gust Schollmeyer at Nov. 14 Arizona Archaeological Society meeting in Queen Creek

The San Tan Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society will host speaker Karen Gust Schollmeyer, with Archaeology Southwest, at a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The theme of her talk is archaeology and hunting in southwest New Mexico. San Tan Chapter meetings are held at the San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. […]

Learn about Arizona’s pioneer women archaeologists at Feb. 14 meeting

Much has been written about men who conducted early archaeological explorations in Arizona, but what about the women who accompanied them or who explored on their own? Dr. Nancy J. Parezo will talk about pioneering women archaeologists of Arizona when she is the guest speaker at the Feb. 14 meeting of the San Tan Chapter […]

Archaeological society taking summer break from classes

The San Tan chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society is on summer hiatus from conducting seminars in Queen Creek. The chapter hosts free classes and seminars at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month September through May at the San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. The events are open […]

San Tan Historical Society Meeting: Dec 15

San Tan Historical Society Meeting: 7 p.m., San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Open to the public. The society meets on the third Thursday of the month at the museum. Additional parking behind the museum off Queen Creek Road. For more information, visit http://www.santanhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@santanhistoricalsociety.org or call […]

Meetings, classes calendar for Queen Creek and nearby communities

OCT. 5-WEDNESDAY Free Blood Pressure Check: 9-10 a.m. Oct. 5, Queen Creek Library Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department provides free blood pressure checks on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call the non-emergency number at 480-644-2400. •Queen Creek Town Council Regular Meeting: 6:30*-11 p.m. Oct. […]

Calendar of meetings, events for Queen Creek

ONGOING MONDAYS-FRIDAYS •Boys and Girls Clubs of Queen Creek: Open 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 22411 S. Ellsworth Road at Founders’ Park. Opens earlier on early-release days at schools. After-school program for ages 5-12 is 2-7 p.m. Teen program for ages 13-18 is 2-8 p.m. The areas used on a daily basis include three rooms and […]

Archaeological society seminar, chamber luncheon this week in Queen Creek

ONGOING MON-FRI Boys and Girls Clubs of Queen Creek: Open 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 22411 S. Ellsworth Road at Founders’ Park. Opens earlier on early-release days at schools. After-school program for ages 5-12 is 2-7 p.m. Teen program for ages 13-18 is 2-8 p.m. The areas used on a daily basis include three rooms and […]

Restore and preserve: Historic agri-machine donated to museum in Queen Creek

It stands about 45 feet tall, weighs 2 to 3 tons and during its heyday was the savior for citrus growers in the far east Valley who without it would have lost crops to the winter chill.

Now the San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, is the new home to a wind machine, one that society president Dave Salge believes is the only one in existence locally and a reminder of the many citrus farms that populated the Chandler Heights area during the 1930s to the 1980s, Mr. Salge said during an interview.

The San Tan Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the area for future generations to enjoy, according to its website. Its mission is to collect, preserve, document and display the histories and artifacts of the communities of Chandler Heights, Combs, Higley and Queen Creek.

It operates out of its museum in the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School, which was built in 1924.

The school was placed on the Arizona Historical Registry in 1990 and accepted by the National Register of Historical Places in 1998, according to its website.

The wind machine, Mr. Salge said, is part of the history of the Chandler Heights orange groves developed by Dr. Alexander John Chandler, founder of the town of Chandler, according to the town of Chandler website: www.chandleraz.gov.

Free screening of documentary about deadly shoot-out to be shown at Queen Creek museum

The San Tan chapter of the Arizona Archeological Society will present “Power’s War,” a documentary about one of Arizona’s deadliest and rumor-ridden shoot-outs, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek.

Admission is free.

The movie-makers say the deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone during its wild territorial days, but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains on a snowy Sunday morning in 1918. The numerous books that have been written about the gunfight are filled with rumors and conspiracy theories as authors have tried to make sense of it all. Why did eight men fight to the death on a cold winter’s morning in a remote canyon? Were they fighting over the gold mine, or was the federal government determined to punish draft evaders with deadly force?

Museum offers glimpse of Queen Creek, San Tan Valley history

The Old Rittenhouse Elementary School, on the southeast corner of Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads, was built in 1925. Used as a school through 1982, this building — now on the National Registry for Historic Places — is the home of the San Tan Historical Society Museum.

The museum is open to the public 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Take some time to view the exhibits and ask questions.

The San Tan Historical Society meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Members and guests alike are welcome to join these public meetings.

For more information, visit the society’s website or e-mail info@SanTanHistoricalSociety.