University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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James A Williams

Jim Williams is a retired social studies educator who worked as a teacher, department chair and district coordinator. He has published several journal articles on local history in Pennsylvania, as well as a history of Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania, a workbook on the Constitutional Convention, and The Filipino-American War, with Charles Penacchio. The latter was a project with the Organization of American Historians.

Since retiring to Oro Valley in 2006, Jim has written two articles for the Journal of Arizona History. He teaches courses in history for the Sun City Oro Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement, and offers programs on local history to community groups. He also leads history hikes for community groups and the Sun City Vistoso Hiking Club. Jim has served on the board of the Oro Valley Historical Society for six years and recently as president of the organization.

Scheduled events:
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Nonfiction
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Nonfiction (Seats 10)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Authors: Paulette Bodeman, Richard Chamberlin, Jack Cochran, David Crow, John Findura, Mimi Gough, William Kalt, Liza Porter, Kathleen Titus, James Williams, Michael Young

Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865-1965
History / Biography
August 2018
ISBN 9781721684373
238 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

What was it like to live in Oro Valley in 1900? 1940? This detailed book takes the reader into the lives of early settlers, homesteaders and ranchers when Oro Valley was an open and desolate, desert area. More/less

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