PCHS gift shop

The Pinal County Historical Museum and gift shop, 715 S. Main St. in Florence, have reopened to their regular hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Special needs accommodations are available, including early-bird quiet visitation by appointment, museum tours and group tours. For more information, call 520-868-4382.

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Historical Museum and gift shop have reopened to their regular hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is proud to offer special needs accommodations, including early-bird quiet visitation by appointment and a quiet space. It also welcomes museum tours and group tours. For more information about special needs accommodations or museum tours, call the museum at 520-868-4382.

“I welcome you all back to PCHS Museum!” Executive Director, Stephanie Joyner said. “I am excited to announce PCHS Museum is offering a full schedule of educational programs including a Book Club & Author Presentation Series, an inaugural Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, walking tours of Florence’s Historic District and the Florence cemetery, and our annual Christmas Party. Visit our website or Facebook page for more information on our 2021-2022 programs.”

Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. marks the first program of PCHS Museum’s 2021-2022 season in a Zoom book club. It will discuss “Navajos Wear Nikes” by Jim Kristofic. A limited number of books are available for purchase in the gift shop. Donations are appreciated for Book Club participation. Call 520-868-4382 or follow the link to RSVP: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pchm/event/835176/ .

Day of the Dead

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Pinal County Historical Museum! Join us noon to 4 p.m, on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the museum (715 S. Main St. in Florence). Dance to the music of Mariachi Luz de Luna, and enjoy Folklorico dance. Special guest Zarco Guerrero, well-known performer, storyteller, musician and artist, will tell the story of Dia de Los Muertos through six characters.

Hands-on activities for the whole family will include making shoebox ofrendas (altars), traditional Mexican paper flower making, candle wrappers, mask making, and more! Look for traditional craft-making classes to be held throughout September and October.

Founded in 1958, 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.