Coffee Lecture: Arizona Place Names
February 17 @ 1:00 pm - March 18 @ 2:00 pmFree
Arizona Place Names: Our Map and How It Got That Way
with Gregory McNamee
Place names are like fossil poetry. They afford a kind of folk history, a snapshot in time that enables us to read in them a record of important events, and reconstruct something of the members of a culture at the time they assigned names to the places they saw. The United States has more than 3.5 million place names. There is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous and picturesque — a tradition to which Arizona has had more than its share of contributions. In this lively presentation, Arizona writer and historian Gregory McNamee talks about the “Four P’s” of Arizona place names, examining the history of venues from Ali Shonak to Zephyr. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning.