50th Anniversary celebration of Padre Kino Statue

    February 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    AZ Historical Society Museum
    The University of Arizona
    949 East 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
    Kino Heritage Society

    Kino Statue Celebration Poster

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 100 people gathered to see Bishop Kicanas bless the Padre Kino statue in front of the AHS Museum, and to honor Dr. Bernard “Bunny” Fontana and Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith, with miniature statues of the Padre on horseback. Family members of the origianl Kino Statue Committee which raised $40,000 over 50 years ago to have the statue erected at the U.S. Capitol were acknowledged. Present today were Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres (who read City of Tucson proclamation), LD 2 House Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, LD 3 House Rep. Macario Saldate, Justice of the Peace Carmen Dolny.


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