Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Quarterly Newsletter October 2019



By Lowell Perry

September 18, 2019

The title song from Marvin Gaye’s critically acclaimed album “What’s Going On” shined the light on a number of social issues that may be even more relevant today than they were when the album was released in 1971. It seems we don’t dialogue anymore. Our conversations instead tend to be zero sum game monologues in which someone has to win, while the other has to lose, rather than meeting in the middle for a more civil discourse in which we find common ground. I don’t think I have ever seen this level of selfishness perpetuated on the national stage like unfortunately is occurring today.

We don’t have to follow that destructive formula in Yuma. Yumans have historically demonstrated an inclination to come together around common goals for the betterment of our community, such as when local companies and individuals contributed in excess of $70,000 in a 60 day period to prevent the state from closing the Yuma Territorial Prison, and the Colorado River State Historic Park, formally known as the Quartermaster Depot. It was a dynamic display of generosity and passion for preserving Yuma’s history. The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) is looking to reinvigorate that spirit of giving through participation in this year’s Giving Tuesday beginning December 3, 2019.

According to Wikipedia, Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

We will begin a month long (12/03/19 to 1/03/20) campaign to raise a minimum of $20,000 to help support current YCNHA restoration efforts, in addition to raising awareness of a future kickoff of an even bigger campaign to address significant long-term preservation needs at the aforementioned parks. The YCNHA team will be visiting with the local business community to ask for support in the form of a direct gift, and or a 100% match for all employee gifts.

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is hopeful that Mayor Nicholls will declare December 3, 2019 an official Giving Tuesday for the City of Yuma. We are encouraging all citizens to give of their time, talent, and/or treasure. Yes, we would love for you to invest with us. However, Giving Tuesday is a day to remember and support your favorite charity or charities. We believe the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which is also a National Historic Landmark, is well-positioned to make Yuma more of destination, rather than a drive-through gas stop between San Diego and Phoenix. With your support, this will become a “Mega-Park” that folks from all over the southwest will want to come and visit. Join the movement!


Union Pacific Grant Project

With the assistance of a grant received from the Union Pacific Foundation, the Yuma Territorial Prison was able to restore historic adobe walls, pour new sidewalks, and make landscape enhancements at the park. Union Pacific Foundation has been a great supporter of the Yuma Territorial Prison over the years and their generosity is truly appreciated. Thank you Union Pacific Foundation!

Lisa Dickson, Executive Assistant

Lisa Dickson joined the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area team as the Executive Assistant specializing in Development. Lisa comes to us from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a Development Assistant. Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant which allowed her to develop diverse background and a skillset with many facets and specialties.

New to Yuma, Lisa is excited to join the team on the ground floor helping to achieve YCNHA’s vision for the future in making Yuma a destination city. When not working Lisa enjoys cooking, reading, and teaching herself how to quilt She is excited to explore Yuma and all of the hidden treasures as well as Arizona.

Yuma Territorial Prison

The Yuma Territorial Prison will be changing their hours of operation on October 1, 2019. The Prison will be open seven days a week from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The Yuma Territorial Prison received special accolade this past month. After over a month of reaching out to our followers and asking them to vote on USA Today's 10Best "Most Haunted Destinations", we won the title of "Most Haunted Destination". We thank everyone who continued to vote daily. In honor of this recognition, the Yuma Territorial Prison will be hosting a children's ghost tour, adult ghost tour and an evening for those true ghost hunters. We look forward to seeing you all in October.

Colorado River State Historic Park

The Colorado River State Historic Park will be changing their hours on October 1st. The Park will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Colorado River State Historic Park Wedding

The Colorado River State Historic Park is the perfect venue for whatever occasion you are celebrating. Whether it be a wedding, holiday party or just a celebration, we have the venue for you! Call Teri Ingram at 928-373-5196 to book your venue tour now!

Employee/Board Retreat 2019

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area hosted it's annual employee/board retreat. This year Evelyn Casuga helped guide along our staff and board so we can continue building a better organization together. A lot of ideas were shared, but the best part about the entire retreat was that we were all on the same page and have already begun building on our ideas. Stay tuned for further updates as we begin to kick off our events and campaign.

Upcoming 2019 October/November Events at the Yuma Territorial Prison and Colorado River State Historic Park
2019 2nd Annual Christmas on the Colorado

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is excited to host it's 2nd Annual Christmas on the Colorado. This year we are partnering with a new photographer, Doten Photography, Artsy Fartsy, Yuma County Children's Museum, and Kiddie Kaboose. This event will be held on December 15th from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Please follow our social media pages and website for more information.