PHOENIX— Cultural landscape historian Robin Pinto will discuss the nation’s post-Depression efforts to improve the economy and the national parks and forests. She will focus on the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp NM2A’s work at the Chiricahua National Monument in Southeastern Arizona.
Pinto’s presentation is part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2019 Arizona Author Series. Her talk is at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Admission is free.
Pinto studies the evolution of cultural landscapes in southeast Arizona and focuses on four topics of historic change: early settlement and homesteading, the New Deal and federal work programs, ranching on public lands, and the arrival and development of national parks. She has an M.L.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
She has written historical landscape assessments for the National Park Service and now works with the Bureau of Land Management Heritage Technical and History Teams to study landscape change at Empire Ranch and Cienega Creek watershed.
With other historians, Pinto researched and developed a heritage tourism map entitled “The New Deal in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscapes” that won a 2009 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Award.
Pinto developed the AZ History Museum exhibit “It Saved My Life: Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Arizona.”
She co-authored the “Empire Ranch Landscape” report that won the National Park Service’s 2016 Historic American Landscape Survey Challenge. She is part of team that just finished a book on the history of ranching in southwestern Arizona entitled “Cowboys and Cowgirls around Ajo, Arizona.”
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The Polly Rosenbaum building has free parking and is conveniently located near several Valley Metro bus routes. Please be advised that no food or drink is allowed in the building. For more information contact the State of Arizona Research Library at 602-926-3870 or visit the website at azsos.libcal.com. The library also provides information on Facebook and Twitter. The State of Arizona Research Library is part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.