Lottie Devine

Justice of the Peace Lottie Devine and her local history book “Es Verdad” are featured at the PCHS Museum in Florence.

FLORENCE — Join the Pinal County Historical Museum on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. for its second Zoom Book Club meeting discussing the book “Es Verdad” by Lottie Colton Devine.

PCHS Museum Executive Director Stephanie Joyner, describes “Es Verdad” as, “A charming childhood memoir about Florence life during territorial days. Author Devine shares many stories, including getting new shoes for the first day of school’ spotting the ‘Lady Bandit of Arizona,’ Pearl Hart; and watching the Mexican circus on Main Street from William and Ella Clarke’s residence. If interested, I encourage you to visit the museum, purchase Es Verdad, and see our Lottie Devine display.”

In addition to this book club meeting, PCHS Museum is sponsoring a special Es Verdad Walking Cemetery Tour featuring the people mentioned in the book at 11 a.m. on Jan. 13. Local historian Chris Reid will guide book club participants on an exclusive Florence Cemetery tour featuring families such as Colton, Brunenkant, P.C. Warner, and more. Learn even more about some of Florence’s founding families on this special tour.

Available is a limited Es Verdad bundle that includes the book, book club meeting and the special Cemetery Walking Tour for $24 or $19 for museum members. The Es Verdad bundle is limited to ten participants; call the museum at 520-868-4382 to RSVP.

The book is also available for purchase in PCHS Museum’s gift shop and through Brown Paper Tickets. Museum members purchasing the book on-site receive a 10% discount on all gift shop purchases. Donations are appreciated to participate in the Zoom Book Club. Call the museum at 520-868-4382 or follow the Brown Paper Tickets link to ensure your participation.

Future book clubs will feature “Freemasonry: An Introduction” by Mark E. Koltko-Rivera on Feb. 2, 2021, and “The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd” by Jana Bommersbach on March 2, 2021.

Founded in 1968, the PCHS Museum is the oldest historical organization in Pinal County. The museum preserves Florence and Pinal County’s rich history through exhibitions, educational programming and events. Additionally, the museum houses a large and diverse research collection from which exhibitions, programs and events are created as well as opportunities for academic and community-based research.

Serving 5,000 visitors annually, PCHS Museum is an economic asset to Florence.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.