On Thursday, June 23, at the Museum and Research Center “The River of Time” named after. L. Alan Cruikshank Len Marcisch will give the first summer report.
The program starts at 16:30 in the conference room located between the museum and the library. The Special Presentation is the only event for members and is free of charge to members. Non-members are encouraged to purchase an Individual Membership for $25 or a Family Membership for $35.
Marcis is a past president of the Arizona Historical Society and serves as an exhibition and program consultant for The River of Time. He will share his recent research and discoveries about the life of the White Family. Title of the presentation: Exiled: A Story of Injustice on the Border.
The presentation explains the burning of Patrick and Annie White’s homestead by the US Army in 1880 and sheds new light on the homestead artifacts displayed on the River of Time.
White Homestead was located north of the Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell military reservations and directly east of Rio Verde. Neither Annie nor Patrick White, Irish immigrants, were present when their seven children were evicted and their homestead burned down.
Why would the US Army destroy a civilian homestead? Why were the officers involved in the destruction not held accountable? What really happened to Patrick, Annie and their kids?
Marsish’s presentation goes beyond the late Bob Mason’s The Burning Ones and Mason’s summary of the incident in his history book Verde Valley Lore.
Marcisz has spoken to members of the museum in the past and is a popular public speaker. Visit riveroftime.center to register.