Home » About the Region » Events

Some Interesting Past Events

Hal Empie

Hal Empie's Duncan

March 26, 2016

“The Artist’s Daughter” Ann Empie Groves offered written evaluations of Hal Empie originals, and shared memories of Empie’s Duncan, Arizona, years.

On Friday, March 26th, the 107th birthday of acclaimed Western artist and cartoonist Hal Empie, the late artist’s daughter Ann Empie Groves and the Duncan PRIDE Society presented two special events in Duncan, which lies on the New Mexico border near Lordsburg. Both took place at the Duncan High School Cafeteria, where Hal Empie’s 6 x 30 foot historic mural, “Greenlee,” is on permanent display.

Ann Empie Groves talked about Hal Empie’s legendary stature as a Western artist, and about his days as the pharmacist in Duncan, where he and his wife Louise raised their family. In his Duncan years, Empie sketched and painted many local residents in the Duncan and Virden, New Mexico, area, in between helping his pharmacy customers.

For the occasion, the Hal Empie Gallery in Tubac donated a 28 x 34 inch, autographed, limited edition print, including frame, for a raffle after the evening talk. “Late for Church” depicts a cowboy on horseback, galloping hard across the desert. The print has a $600 value. All proceeds from the raffle went to the Duncan PRIDE Society.

Guns of the Old West

7 p.m. April 8, 2016

Historic firearms aficionado Quinton Germaine, proprietor -- with his wife Carol and daughter Ashlee -- of Germaine's Emporium in Duncan, offered up a unique show-and-tell about the guns and other armaments in use as what we now call the Old West came to be.

On Friday, April 8th, at 7 p.m., The Simpson Hotel hosted this family-oriented event, in collaboration with the Duncan PRIDE Society. One of Duncan's local "celebrities," Quinton Germaine was featured in the November 2015 Sunset Magazine story on Duncan. The story can be viewed on Sunset Magazine's Westphoria website.

More Past Events

Fireside Lectures at the Simpson Hotel

November 13 and 14, 2015

Jack Lasseter shared with us the fascinating story of the Apache. Jack is a retired Tucson attorney and lifelong Arizona resident (since age 5 years old). He loves history, and is extremely knowledgeable of the history of Arizona and our Southwest. He has taught U.S. History at Pima College, and currently conducts tours upon request to Southern Arizona’s historic sites, where he says he can still feel the ghosts of those days gone by. He also gives talks at Western Nat’l Parks and Monuments Association, Saddlebrook, Dove Mountain, The Green Valley Performing Arts Center, Quail Creek, Tubac Historic Park, the Heard Museum, and many other places in the area, where he is repeatedly requested as a speaker. He is very informative, and even more importantly, an entertaining speaker and storyteller.

Cochise and His Apache War

Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Jack shared with us the exciting story of the Chiricahua Apaches, and their greatest leader, Cochise. Anyone who has ever seen a western movie knows their Hollywood image as fierce and allusive fighters who could disappear at will into the mountains. But our knowledge of them seems to end there, with the movies. This was our chance to hear the true story of this remarkable people in whose land we live today. He shared with us the story of Cochise and his war, the culture he was born into, Apache war tactics, Cochise’s relationship with his white blood brother, Tom Jeffords (who was a real man, and is buried in Tucson’s Evergreen Cemetery), and what happened to him at the end of this first half of the Apache story.

Geronimo and the Breakout Period

Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am

Jack shared with us the last half of the Apache story, the period after Cochise, when the southwest here was aflame with the breakouts and raids of Geronimo, Victorio, Nana and Loco. Jack told us the exciting stories of these Apache leaders during this period, known as the Geronimo period, which did not end until 1886. We also heard in this talk the fascinating stories of the Apache warrior woman Lozen, the Apache peace chief Loco, and the tragic break between Geronimo and his lifelong friend Chatto, who would, in the end, hunt him down for Gen. Crook.