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Arizona history comes alive in Yuma

Public welcome to attend April 28-May 1 Arizona History Conference

Sender contact:  Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),
For event information, contact Charles Flynn
, 928-373-5192 (office), 928-503-2679 (cell),


YUMA, ARIZONA – For anyone with an interest in Arizona history, all roads will lead to Yuma next week as the Arizona History Convention comes to the Pivot Point Conference Center Thursday through Sunday.

Though registration is closed for “pre-conference” seminars on Thursday and for some field trips and meals, local history buffs can take advantage of walk-in registration beginning Friday morning (April 29) to hear experts from around the nation present on topics ranging from “Roads West” to “Sports, Culture and Tourism.”

Quite literally, all tastes are represented – including “Tastes and Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona,” and “Flour Milling in Arizona.”  You can learn about “Catching the Bad Guys,” or get a historical perspective on an issue of modern concern at “Patrolling the Line: 150 Years of Border Crossing.”

Of particular local interest, a video titled “Steamboats on the Colorado River” produced for the Arizona Centennial by True West magazine will premiere at the Yuma event.

The all-inclusive registration free to attend a choice of more than 20 seminars offered during concurrent sessions Friday and Saturday is just $40 or free for students.  Full details are available online at (click the Arizona History Convention logo to download the complete conference program and registration form).

“On the eve of Arizona’s Centennial, we’re especially proud to welcome the Arizona History Conference to Yuma,” said Charles Flynn, executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. “Since Pivot Point Conference Center is actually located within the National Landmark just steps from where the first railroad train entered Arizona, we think it’s a particularly appropriate location to kick off Arizona’s birthday celebration and we’re excited about sharing our rich local heritage.”

The 2011 Arizona History Conference is sponsored by Arizona Historical Foundation, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Humanities Council, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, Arizona State Parks, Arizona State University, Friends of Arizona Archives, Friends of The Journal of Arizona History, Heard Museum, McFarland State Historic Park Advisory Committee, Northern Arizona University, Salt River Project (SRP), Sharlot Hall Museum, True West Magazine and the University of Arizona in cooperation with Arizona Historical Society Sanguinetti House Museum, Yuma County Historical Society, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and the Yuma Visitors Bureau.

The conference is an annual event that takes place in various locations around the state; the Conference was last hosted by Yuma in 2000.

“So much has happened here since the Arizona History Conference was last in town, from the transformation of the riverfront to the improvements to our two state historic parks, we think people will be impressed,” Flynn added.  “We can’t wait to share how much progress Yuma has made in the last decade in really showcasing its history.”

Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public.  The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues.

Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes.


YVB is sending this press release as a courtesy to Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

For event information, contact Charles Flynn
, 928-373-5192 (office), 928-503-2679 (cell),

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