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Maegen Lopez Presents for Casa Grande Ruins Speaker Series November 23, 2022

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Date: November 10, 2022
Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172


The Casa Grande Ruins Speaker Series takes place weekly through January 18, 2023. On November 23, 2022 Casa Grande Ruins will host Maegan Lopez at 1:00 pm.  Maegan will present " Traditional O’odham Agriculture". The speaker series will continue every Wednesday at 1:00 pm through January 18.

Maegan Lopez comes from the small community of New Fields, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham Nation at the edge of the U.S./Mexico boundary. Maegan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, and works fulltime as a teacher aide in the Special Education Department at Tucson’s Ha:sañ Preparatory and Leadership High School (a bicultural public high school designed for all Native Nations) saying she is “honored to be a part of a team of individuals who foster our traditional history alongside contemporary curriculum.” She also works as a Gardener's Assistant for the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace at Mission Garden in Tucson, noting “I started as a volunteer three years ago and began to form a strong connection to this amazing and resilient space. A strong resonance of my own childhood, my personal bond with cultivating plants comes from experiences and memories of my grandpa and his gardens. I enjoy planting and raising everything we have at Mission Garden. I especially enjoy learning from the Board, co-workers and community". 

Join Maegan to learn about “Traditional O’odham Agriculture”. Maegan will discuss the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace at Mission Garden in Tucson and how their work connects with traditional O'odham agriculture.  

The Speaker Series is made possible by the Friends of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ( with additional support from Arizona Humanities ( The program begins at 1:00 pm in the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center theater at 1100 W Ruins Drive, Coolidge AZ, 85128. There is no fee for the program, and entrance is free at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.  

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago.  Established as the nation’s first prehistoric and cultural reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.  The monument is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day holidays.  Directions and additional information are available on the monument’s website, You may call (520) 723-3172, or follow us on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. 


Last updated: November 14, 2022

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