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Phippen Museum showcases Arizona’s military ghost towns Saturday

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89, Prescott. (Courtesy)

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89, Prescott. (Courtesy)

Phippen Museum will host author and historian Erik Berg as he presents “Ghost Towns of the Second World War” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. This special heritage programming will explore Arizona’s war-time role by focusing on the stories of those WWII sites that still have significant features remaining from the war period. It will also include many photographs and first-hand, biographical accounts.

When America entered World War II, Arizona’s sparse population and mild weather made it an ideal location for training facilities and prisoner of war camps. By the war’s end, the Grand Canyon state had trained more airplane pilots than any other, hosted the country’s largest prisoner of war camp, and was an integral part of the largest military training grounds in history.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89. The current exhibits include “Desert Horizons,” on display in the Marley Gallery through July 21, and “Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro,” in the James Gallery until April 21. Permanent displays include the Western Heritage Gallery, the Arizona Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Solon Borglum Collection and replicas of George Phippen and Ray Swanson’s studios.

For information on this or any other event at the museum, call 928-778-1385, or visit phippenartmuseum.org.

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