Lecture Series


Each year Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries provides the SaddleBrooke community with several informative and entertaining lectures. All are offered free-of-charge to FSL members. Non-members are charged a nominal $5 fee to attend some of the lectures.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held in the MountainView Clubhouse ballroom from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.

May 16th

Speaker:  Wayne Ranney, Arizona Humanities

Topic: “In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes”

Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache where the native women took her under their care. Gradually, Martha’s attitude towards the desert changed and she soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the simplicity of its inhabitants. She wrote about her experiences in the classic book, Vanished Arizona, still in print since 1908. Ranney has a personal connection to the Summerhayes family, which he shares in the lecture. Wayne Ranney is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences by including the humanities in the topics of landscape development and Arizona history.

There is no fee for non-members to attend this lecture.

Download the list Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries 2019 Lectures