Learn With Us

Education is a priority for the Guild as we support the Heard Museum’s mission to “educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.” We have a comprehensive program that includes a variety of offerings, both for Guild and Museum members and the general public.

American Indian Studies

As part of its commitment to continuing education, the Heard Museum Guild presents several short courses each year. The aim of the courses is to enhance one’s respect for Native peoples and to develop an appreciation of their art and culture. The courses are open to the public.

Information on additional Short Courses in 2019 will be posted when available.


Two Chapters in the History of the West

  • Thursday, July 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (please arrive by 9:15 a.m.)
  • The session will be held in Monte Vista.
  • Register to attend by July 8 with Pat Briggs, shortcourse@heardguild.org.
  • Short Course fee: $30.

Jay Roth, a Las Guias docent, leads the first two morning sessions.  Over the past 7 years he has taught Presidential and American history in lifelong learning programs at ASU, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Encore University at the Valley Presbyterian Church, and Florida International University.

His sessions will address the political decisions of two Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson. The tensions, prejudices, stereotypes, and attitudes developed in colonial times vis-a-vis the native populations were deeply held and embedded in American culture. Mr. Roth will explore the very different approaches to Native Americans by these two Presidents and how their personal attitudes and the larger environment in which they were functioning impacted their policies toward and their ultimate treatment of the indigenous people.

The third session of the morning is a presentation by Bill Harrison, a popular Arizona historian. His lively comments and slide presentations are always very well-received.

“La Posada, Jewel of the Santa Fe” is the story of the last, great Harvey Hotel built by the Fred Harvey Company in 1930.  It’s also the story of Mary Coulter, legendary architect who was totally in charge of the design and construction of the hotel.  This story begins in 1930 and ends in the present.  It covers the heyday of the hotel and its later deterioration and near destruction. It finishes with the restored hotel that’s serving guests today.

Pay the course fee by credit card here.


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Monthly Guild Meetings

At each of the Guild’s regular monthly meetings, a speaker presents a program on Native culture or art, Arizona and Southwest history, or current activities on the reservations.  The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from September through April and non-Guild members are welcome to attenc.

The April speaker is the last one until the September meeting

April 17, 2019: Kelly Washington, Cultural Resources Director, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, “The Authm and Piipaash people’s history of the last 400 hundred years since the coming of the Spaniards . . . from their viewpoint.” Kelly Washington is an enrolled member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). His traditional cultural background has provided him a broad knowledge of Piipaash history, language and culture. Since its inception, he has been the Director of the SRPMIC Cultural Resources Department which includes the Huhugam Ki Museum, Cultural Preservation Program, O’odham-Piipaash Language Program and Community Garden. He previously served ten years in the capacity of Materials Development Specialist, Education Specialist and Curriculum Development Specialist for the SRPMIC Education Department’s Language Program.

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Docent Training / Las Guias

Often the most profound contact between the Heard Museum and the visiting public is provided by Las Guias (Spanish for “The Guides”). This group of dedicated volunteers extends hospitality, provides interpretation of exhibits and programs, and, in a warm and personal way, implements the mission of the Museum “to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.”
For information about Museum tours…

Any member of the Heard Museum Guild may join Las Guias. To become a guide, the student must complete the basic training course of 96 hours and demonstrate effective guiding performance in the museum galleries. In addition, every guide must be a Heard Museum member as well as a Guild member.

The Las Guias Docent training course begins each fall in October under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the Museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May).  For more information about Docent training…

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Book Clubs

If you are interested in becoming a member of an exciting literary group, contact  BookClubEast@heardguild.org.

What our Book Club members have to say:

The Guild Book Club:I cannot begin to tell you how good the heard north book club has been this year.l  Headed by Linda Hefter, the people who participated added greatly to each session.  I tried to make each session that I could and read all the books for each meeting. ~ Marlene Scholsohn

I have been a member of the North Scottsdale Guild Book Club since its inception.  I believe it is one of the best innovations to come down the pike in years.

Not only am I being exposed to books I might never have read (suggested by other members) but the group discussions reflect the diversity of backgrounds and education of the members. Our discussions are lively and self directed and always informational.

The group is welcoming to new members and is a great way to become an active  part of the Heard Museum Guild.

Our North Scottsdale Book club has been very successful – we’re even meeting in July! As you know , Linda Hefter is our leader and she is so smart, and well read and willing to give her time to our meetings and discussions and book choices. But so are most of our steady members. (Several of us have many obligations.)

Our books are previously researched and then chosen by all of us. So we all read every book and ALLL our discussions are open and lively. We are meeting in each other’s homes so we’re all relaxed and open and easy and we’re all becoming good friends.

I think The Book Club is proving to be a bright and learning and happy endeavor for all of us. We all look forward to our meetings and I am enjoying my participation very much. Come join us!

Some Books the Heard Museum Guild Book Club Has Read:

  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
  • Into the Beautiful North: A Novel by Luis Alberta Urrea
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
  • Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • Changing Woman: The Life and Art of Helen Hardin by Jay Scott
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenby Sherman Alexie
  • Rez Life by David Treuer
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Me and Mine: The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa by Louise Udall
  • Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn
  • The Wind Won’t Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hope Land Dispute by Emily Benedek
  • LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
  • American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson

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