Writer/historians Bonnie Henry and Patricia Preciado-Martin will join University of Arizona President Robert Shelton to unveil a newly installed kiosk at the Women's Plaza of Honor on Monday, April 27, at 5 p.m. The kiosk's interactive, on-site computer allows visitors to view the life stories of the more than 600 honorees whose names grace the Plaza, which is located directly west of Centennial Hall on the university campus.
Thanks to a gift from the George Mason Green and Lois C. Green Foundation, the kiosk will enhance the Plaza experience for visitors, indicating the location of honorees in the Plaza, telling their stories and acknowledging donors.
Saundra Taylor, a Plaza honoree, member the Women's Plaza of Honor Committee and retired UA dean of students, will serve as emcee of the event. Henry and Preciado-Martin will speak on the importance of preserving women's stories. Henry is a long-time Arizona Daily Star columnist and author of "Tucson Memories." Preciado-Martin has been active in Tucson's Mexican American community for years and has written several books, including "Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona."
The celebration is free and open to the public, and will begin at 5 p.m., with the program starting at 5:30. A kiosk demonstration will illustrate how visitors can access the honoree database.
Grupo Folklorico Miztontli and Native American singers will perform at the event. Refreshments will be provided, a gift underwritten by Bill Nugent, an SBS alumnus and owner of The Shanty.
Henry and Preciado-Martin will also participate in a panel discussion on public history preceding the celebration. The 3 p.m. panel takes place in the women's studies conference room at 925 N. Tyndall Avenue, near the UA Main Gate parking garage. Joining Henry and Preciado-Martin on the panel will be Maribel Alvarez, assistant research professor in the UA Southwest Center, and Janice Monk, retired professor in geography and regional development and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women. Following the panel, transportation will be provided for attendees who need assistance traveling from Women's Studies to the Plaza for the kiosk unveiling.
The celebration marks the end of the first phase of the Plaza project, which consisted of the UA department of women's studies working with community volunteers to build the Plaza and the kiosk, and establishing an endowed scholarship for women's studies. In Phase Two, the department of women's studies and the Women's Studies Advisory Council will continue to promote the various ways women can be honored in the Plaza - with benches, bricks, trees, lights - and explore new ideas to utilize and expand it.
The celebration is sponsored by the UA department of women's studies, the Women's Studies Advisory Council and the Plaza Executive Committee, with additional support from the Women's Resource Center. Additional thanks goes to the UA Commission on the Status of Women, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Office of Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Provost for funding support.
For more information about the Women's Plaza of Honor, visit www.womensplaza.arizona.edu and for information about the event, call the women's studies department at 520-626-0656.
Note: Pay parking for the event can be found at the Tyndall Street or Main Gate Garages.