Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library Lecture Series: They Beat the Heat: How Arizonans Survived the Desert Heat in the Days Before Air Conditioning with Christine Reid
June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Come join us in the Lecture Hall of the R. H. Johnson Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 2 pm for the Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library lecture titled They Beat the Heat: How Arizonans Survived the Desert Heat in the Days Before Air Conditioning Presented by Christine Reid. Doors will open at 1:30pm. This is a free event. Tickets are required they can be picked up from the R. H. Johnson Library.
This lecture Series is provided through funds from the Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library and this lecture was also provided by Arizona Humanities
Drawing from multi-cultural influences of the variety of people who helped build Arizona, discover how creative adaptations in lifestyle, architecture, building materials, town planning and even humor all contributed to surviving intense desert temperatures. What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a vital and daily issue in life today? Using newspaper clippings, anecdotes, and photographs, the story is told how Arizonans adjusted to life in the desert before the arrival of air conditioners.
Christine Reid is intrigued by Arizona’s diverse and rich western heritage as a writer and researcher with the Pinal County Historical Society and Community Scholar for the Anthem at Merrill Ranch lifelong learning program. She continues that deep interest while serving on many of the town of Florence’s heritage projects and agencies. Committed to sharing history in a lively manner, she presents the sometimes hidden or forgotten aspects of Arizona’s characters and history.