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Sedona Museum Living History Series

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Sedona AZ–The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its 2011 series of Living History presentations on Wednesday, May 11 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Sedona Heritage Museum. Father and son artists and members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Charles and Don Decker, will present “Apache Visions – a Contemporary View of the Apache World.”

Charles Decker’s art is rendered with high gloss aerosol paint spray on framed canvas. In each of Decker’s paintings, the Mountain Spirit dancers figure heavily. The combination of design elements and traditional colors makes Charles Decker’s paintings unique and he was recently featured in the latest edition of ‘Cowboys and Indians’ magazine. The senior Decker shows in Sedona at the Goldenstein Gallery and his pieces are often gifts from his tribe to dignitaries.

Don Decker, Charles Decker’s son, is an accomplished watercolorist. Father and son hail from a long line of traditional medicine people in the Verde Valley region. Two of their forefathers were scouts for the U.S. Cavalry at Arizona’s Fort Verde and were instrumental in establishing peace in the area. The Deckers say that their present-day art maintains and honors the traditions of the Apache people and both Charles and Don see their art as bridges in the misunderstandings of the past. After the program, the Deckers will be available for questions. Refreshments will be served at this free public event.

The Sedona Museum announces a May date change for Mike Peach’s “Mysteries of the Mogollon” living history talk. The new date for Peach’s performance is May 14 2011 and it will begin promptly at 1:30 PM. Peach has written an entirely new show of Arizona cowboy history. “A man may work from sun to sun, and woman’s work is never done, and there’s no rest for the wicked ’til the grave. But if you die in Arizona – just in case nobody warned ya – those just might not be the rules by which the game gets played,” quotes award-winning actor and playwright Michael Peach from his new show Mysteries of the Muggy-Own.

Audiences are invited to hear Mike use historical narrative, cowboy poetry, and tongue-in-cheek fun to weave stories of murder, mischief, mayhem and mirth from Arizona’s territorial and contemporary history.  Cowboys, cattle, outlaws, and wildlife figure prominently as Peach spins tales of situations fraught with peril. Informative and fun for everyone!

Michael Peach’s show is about an hour long and appropriate for all audiences. Tickets are $6 with children under 12 free. Museum admission is separate. The Museum’s latest special exhibit “Advertising Calendars” is on display for only another week.

It is important for area residents and tourists to avail themselves of this priceless local museum gem and its offerings. Support of the Sedona Heritage Museum programs and the museum is critical for its continued operation. Every year, the Sedona Heritage Museum presents a series of Living History talks. Speakers will include descendants of pioneers, long-time residents with historical stories to share or other story-tellers about history.

The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona and is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information, call 928-282-7038.

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