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School on the Range: The Little Cowpuncher Roundup captures the memories of former Little Cowpunchers, the students of Eulalia "Sister" Bourne who wrote articles and illustrated a mimeographed school newspaper that appeared from 1932 to 1943 at the five Southern Arizona rural schools listed to the left.

An earlier project, Little Cowpuncher: Rural School Newspaper of Southern Arizona, re-created a Web version of Little Cowpuncher in a close likeness of the original.

Joan Sandin, January 2003
Joan Sandin, who discovered the Little Cowpuncher while researching her acclaimed Coyote School News children's book at the Arizona Historical Society, interviewed the Little Cowpunchers in this project. [read more]

School on the Range: The Little Cowpuncher Roundup is the product of a collaboration between the University of Arizona (UA) Learning Technologies Center and the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) whose General Grant program supports Arizona communities in preserving and sharing our region’s rich cultural heritage.

Jeff Imig sets up video equipment at the Amado Ranch
Jeff Imig setting up video equipment
at the Amado Ranch

School on the Range: The Little Cowpuncher Roundup's project developers are: Joan Sandin, a writer and illustrator of children's books who lives in Tucson; Stuart Glogoff, Manager of Distributed Learning Projects at the UA Learning Technologies Center; Jeff Imig, a LTC Senior Technician and all-around video guru and Heather Lares, LTC Media Sepcialist, who shot the interview with Caroline Atwill McMakin, helped our student assistants, and prepared the videos for streaming on the Web; our talented student assistants who edited the raw video into the product you see on the website were Ayse Guner (Gus Amado, Lee Bell Taylor, Victor and Pete Aros, and Caroline Atwill McMakin) and Evelyn Omari (Ray and Tilly Valdez, and Alice Hackett Pesuti); Alex Kimmelman, History professor at Pima Community College who served as the Humanities Scholar for the project. Special thanks goes to Laura Stone of the AHC for her support and guidance.

We are pleased to include the "Voices of the Valley" interviews. These interviews appear with permission of the Tubac Historical Society and were originally conducted in 1989 and 1990 as part of the Tubac Historical Society's Oral History Project. Permission extends for education purposes and these interviews may not be used for any commercial purpose. Please contact Mary E. Bingham of the Tubac Historical Society for additional information.

Read the final report (.rtf format) submitted to the Arizona Humanities Council and the UofA News Services' press release.