2015 Lecture Series Continues with Jean Groen

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Date: February 4, 2015
Contact: Dave Carney, (520) 723-3172

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—February 4th, 2015

Dave Carney, Chief of Interpretation and Education,

Casa Grande Ruins Lecture Series held Weekly at Monument

COOLIDGE, AZ– On Wednesday February 11th, at noon, Jean Groen, will present a lecture titled "Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Their Many Uses". The talk is based on research she gathered while writing her book by the same title.

Jean was born on a Kansas farm during the depression. She was taught to eat anything that was put before her....thus her motto "I eat anything that doesn't eat me first". Upon graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Home Economics she moved to an Iowa farm, then on to Colorado and finally to Arizona. Jean and her late writing partner, Don Wells, together wrote 5 books. Today Jean is working on additional books, including one on the use of mesquite.

Following the lecture and discussion, Jean Groen will be available to sign copies of her books, which are sold in the visitor center bookstore. In addition to her book "Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Their Many Uses", the Western National Parks Association also carries "Foods if the Superstitions, Old and New" and "Cats Claw to Cows Tongue and Other Lesser Known Plans of the Desert" in the visitor center bookstore.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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