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Presentation: The Oteros
October 11, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am$2 – $7.50
Presentation: The Oteros: A Family of Firsts by Diana DeLugan
Join us for a presentation on the Otero family with a special recognition of Don Torivio de Otero in his role as 1) Arizona’s first European private landowner; 2) Arizona’s first European lay teacher; and 3) the first European private landowner to construct an irrigation system. Don Torivio was awarded his land grant on January 10, 1789, three months before George Washington became president of the United States. A petition documenting his many years as a teacher and his work building dams and ditches on his property is dated January 26, 1807. Both of these documents are stored in the National Archives Pacific Region and the land grant is the most ancient document in their holdings. Diana DeLugan, an eighth generation descendent, will speak on her illustrious ancestor in Otero Hall and will make available copies of her book on Arizona’s first land grant. Refreshments will be served. Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.