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Red Rock Country authors to speak at Red Rock State Park's Sunday Lecture Series
Red Rock State Park in 1991
Red Rock State Park in 1991

The Sunday Lecture Series at Red Rock State Park will feature a program about a local book, "Red Rock Country: Along the Loop Road," written by Loop Road residents Sam Braun, Norm Hanson, Betty Cook, and Birgit Lowenstein. The program will be presented Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Park Theatre. Seating is limited so attendees need to call (928) 282-6907 to make reservations for the program.

The Red Rock community described in the book is located approximately three miles southwest of Sedona and runs along the Red Rock Loop Road. Rural in character, the area is also home to Red Rock State Park, the Crescent Moon Federal Recreation area and Red Rock Crossing. The area has a rich history, including settlement by indigenous peoples as well as family homesteaders and ranchers.

The program will be a journey into the past, including descriptions of interviews with local residents descended from many of the early settlers, as well as introducing you to the unique character of this Valley's riparian and red rock landscape. Specific topics comprise information about the Schuerman Family Legacy, Crescent Moon Ranch, Spiritual Communications, Smoke Trail Ranch, Red Rock State Park, Cross Creek Ranch, and the Elmersville Homestead. The primary goal of the authors was to preserve and understand the past as it connects with our vision and concerns about the future.

All four authors live in the Red Rock Loop Road area and are actively involved with the Red Rock Community Association. Sam Braun is a former trustee of the Museum of Northern Arizona and president of the Rural Red Rock Community Association. Betty Cook is a docent at the Sedona Heritage Museum and one of the original supporters of the state park and the community association. Norm Hanson is a volunteer with the school Connection Program at Red Rock State Park, and serves on the Board of the Park Benefactors. Birgit Loewenstein is past president of the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park and spearheaded the drive to keep the park open during its continuing state budget crisis. The authors will be available at the program on February 3rd to share their stories.

The book, "Red Rock Country: Along the Loop Road," is available for sale at the Red Rock State Park Gift Shop, the Sedona History Museum on Jordan Road, and the Well Read Coyote. If you are a collector of books about local history, this is one to add to your library.

Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Visitor Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Entrance fee is $10 per vehicle, up to four adults.

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