The Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research is directing “A Fierce Green Fire at 100,” with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. However, other businesses and organizations are central to the institute’s management and success, among them:

Photo courtesy of: The Hassayampa InnHassayampa Inn. Built in 1927, this historic hotel is one of the state’s tourism gems. Even in peak summer season, the Inn provided us a discount rate so that our faculty could lodge there, and the institute’s Wednesday evening public events and culminating meeting tooke place there. The Inn also features a wonderful restaurant, and we found live jazz entertainment most evenings in the lounge. Hassayampa Inn is within a five- to ten-minute walk of Sharlot Hall Museum.




Photo courtesy of: Prescott CollegePrescott College. Billing itself as a center for “liberal arts and the environment,” Prescott College is one of the few private liberal arts colleges in the Southwest. Situated within a historic district in Prescott, the school boasts an alumni roster that is a veritable Who’s Who of environmental scholars, teachers, and practitioners. Prescott College generously provided homes and cottages to serve as lodging for the institute’s participants, and we occasionally used the college’s classrooms. There is an excellent library there, as well as a restaurant that serves relatively inexpensive healthy food. The college brings in many guest speakers, musicians, and other activities that benefit the entire community.



Photo courtesy of: Sharlot Hall MuseumSharlot Hall Museum. Located on the site of Arizona’s first Territorial capital, the institution is named for Sharlot M. Hall, the poet, author, and historian who founded the museum in 1928. From one building, the 1864 Territorial Governor’s Mansion, the museum has grown to occupy a full city block, consisting of eight historic buildings; a contemporary 20,000-square-foot Museum Center; an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 100; a manicured campus that features a rose garden, herb garden, and an arboretum/ethnobotany garden; and the newly completed education center, where most institute activities took place. During our month in Prescott, SHM's calendar of events featured many public activities: lectures and historic plays put on by the museum's Blue Rose Theater.