Toasting Oro Valley's past
Barbara Marriott

The Oro Valley Historical Society celebrated the release of a book about the town’s history during a fund-raising event April 10.

The party featured author Barbara Marriott signing copies of “Images of America: Oro Valley,” the proceeds of which went to the historical society along with ticket proceeds.

About 45 people came through the doors of the El Conquistador Country Club and enjoyed the company of local residents including Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis.

Hank Zipf, one of the founders of Oro Valley in 1974, attended the book release and signing party along with a few other people involved with Oro Valley’s founding.

“Here is a book. Here is your history,” Marriott said. “Be proud of it. Even though (the town) was incorporated in 1974, your history goes back to the very beginning of America. When thinking about American history, you’ve got it here to see.”

After Marriott signed copies of her book, the historical society’s President Dick Eggerding welcomed and thanked everyone for showing support.

Along with Marriott’s book, pens that had been hand tooled out of beams from the Blacksmith Building at Steam Pump Ranch were also for sale for $30.

Proceeds from the book’s sales at an April 17 event at the Oro Valley Public Library also went to the historical society.

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