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Scholars Tom Sheridan and Diane Hadley share  the politics, and timeline of Canoa in this Southwestern Mission Research Center

newsletter (summer 2000 edition).

Read Ray's 2019 year end progress report!  Click file on left.


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Ellen Kurtz and Nancy Williams enlighten the audience at the Heritage Festival at Canoa Ranch

Ellie Kurtz and Nancy Williams introduce the

Salcido Amarillas Western Research Library

at the 2017 Heritage Festival at the Historic Canoa Ranch.

The cost of

preserving history!


To date the collection

and volunteer hours contributed to the SAWRL

exceeds $150,000.

Housing it on the Historic Canoa Ranch will cost a projected $350,000.


Below images submitted for the cost breakdown of  Salcido House

 Rehab estimate

from Pima County

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     Upon purchasing a section of the Sopori Ranch in 1976, formerly a part of the Canoa Ranch empire, William "Bill", and Ellen "Ellie" Kurtz began to explore the rich history of Southern Arizona.


     Collecting over 2,000 books, maps, and artifacts that tell the story of the peoples who have lived here for over 14,000 years, the Salcido-Amarillas Western Research Library collection includes over 100 children's books that tell stories from different cultural perceptions and are perfect for storytelling activities when entertaining school children. 

     In addition, rare publications both fiction and non-fiction dating from the mid 1800's to the present day reflect the history of the southwestern lifestyles and cultural challenges.  


     Maps and artifacts from the area provide a more visual enlightenment to the public.   Scholars, students, and history fans will enjoy easy access to this diverse and multi-cultural research library.

     When complete, the Salcido-Amarillas Western Research Library will be searchable through Pima County Library system, introduced to the public at the Historic Canoa Ranch and available to the public for research or future event exhibits.


Volunteers Needed!

     The cataloging process of this incredible collection is underway, with over 1,900 items recorded.

     Volunteers are needed to help catalog, cover and label the books.  

     To be a part of this exciting volunteer opportunity, contact Ellie at (520) 398-2985 or

Friends of Canoa Heritage Foundation



Friends of Canoa does not accept, or solicit contributions on behalf of Pima County for the Historic Canoa Ranch property.

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