Lunch Talks

Tempe Historical Society’s Lunch Talks
2nd Wednesdays at 11:30 AM
Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Avenue

Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.


Kyle Mitchell

Kyle Mitchell

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11:30 am: Father and Son with Kyle Mitchell

Kyle Mitchell is a Diné (Navajo) Native American. While taking a Mythology course at South Mountain Community College, with Liz Warren, he was introduced to the storytelling community. Now he shares oral traditions through stories that are contemporary and informative. Kyle is currently the American Indian Outreach Coordinator and adjunct faculty member of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College.

Scott Turner

 Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 am: Piloting Air Force One with Colonel (retired) Scott Turner

Prior to his retirement in 2014, Colonel Scott M. Turner served as the Commander of the Presidential Airlift Group. He joined the Presidential unit in 1998 and served the Administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  At the time of his retirement, his 10,500 flight hours were the highest in the Active Duty Air Force. Col. Turner will talk about his experiences flying three Presidents, including the challenges he faced in safely transporting them to dangerous locations.

Steve Hoza

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11:30 am:  German POW’s in Arizona with Steve Hoza

Steve is a Phoenix native who has been in the museum field for 30 years. He is a recognized authority on the history of World War Two in Arizona, having written two books, one on the German POW Camps in Arizona and Arizona’s WWII aviation training fields.

Marshall Trimble

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 am: 
Arizona’s Rocky Road to Statehood with Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He’s written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West. In 1997, the governor of Arizona appointed him Official State Historian. A former Marine, he’s a member of the AZ Veteran’s Hall of Fame and also won an Emmy for hosting TV show “Arizona Backroads.”

Katrina Bland

Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 am: Arizona woman journalist led way for next generation – including me with Karina Bland

Karina Bland is a longtime, award-winning journalist at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, where she is on the storytelling team and writes a popular column. She went to work for the Mesa Tribune in 1987, was hired by The Phoenix Gazette in 1990 and then The Republic when the two papers merged in 1997. Karina, 53, raises her teenage son Sawyer and tap dances in Tempe.

Jay Mark

Wednesday, April 10 at 11:30 am: Ghost Towns — Specters of the Past with Jay Mark

Historian Jay Mark’s career includes antiques & bookstore owner, commercial photography, professional theater, radio and television. He brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to his lively and engaging presentations. A recipient of numerous awards honoring his service to the community, Jay remains actively engaged in issues relating to historic preservation, history museums, public transportation and urban planning.

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