Mapping Morenci seeks stories, family stories about the mining town

MORENCI — Two landscape architecture enthusiasts are asking for the public’s help to tell the story of Morenci.

Mapping Morenci: A Creative Community Storytelling Workshop, will take place on Thursday, July 28 from 6-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday July 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; both at Clifton station.

The project is the brainchild of architectural and landscape photographer Sam Oberter and Emily Wettstein, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia.

“My collaborator (Oberter) . . . came across Morenci while driving through Arizona and was captivated by the mine, its status as one of the last two remaining company towns in the country, its remarkable history, and the community he encountered here. I then joined the project,” Wettstein said in an email to Gila Valley Central, who added that she was “interested in people’s relationship to the land, their sense of place, and how history of a place and its inhabitants continually shape the present. and how we design the future.

Wettstein and Oberter are asking for the public’s help by sharing stories, photos, and any other narrative artifacts of Morenci, detailing the changes the community has experienced as a result of mining.

During the workshop, the duo will make audio recordings of residents’ stories, which can be paired with submitted photographs and drawings, as well as those taken today by Oberter, for multimedia storytelling about the community, the objective being a new Almanac Morenci.

English and Spanish translators will be available during the workshops, as well as refreshments.

For those who cannot attend but are still interested in sharing stories, call 928-235-5794 or email [email protected]

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