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MindQuest Speakers Series hosting historian Erik Berg


SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Community Foundation MindQuest Speakers Series will host award-winning historian Erik Berg at their next meeting on Jan. 19. Berg will be discussing famed aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Charles Lindbergh is often associated with the Spirit of St. Louis and flying across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Not everyone is aware of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s involvement with archaeology in 1929.  The Lindberghs joined highly regarded and renowned southwest archaeologist Alfred Kidder on an aerial photographic survey of significant southwestern prehistoric sites. This unprecedented adventure from an open air cockpit biplane was the first major use of aviation in archaeology and included the sites and geologic features around Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, and elements throughout the general four corners area. The Lindberghs’ 1929 Southwest Aerial Survey features some of Lindbergh’s historic photographs and describes this pioneering collaboration of aviation and archaeology. The Lindberghs’ Arizona adventure ties prehistoric and Stone Age relics to the history of aviation leading to the Space Age evolving later in the century. Berg will provide insight into the Lindberghs’ personal life and add perspective to his presentation.

Berg, an Arizona native, is a historian and special interest writer of the early 20th Century Southwest. He has a special interest in the impact of science and technology. He attended the University of Arizona with a minor in Anthropology and accomplished field work at both the Marana platform mound (Hohokam) under Paul Fish and at Tubac Presidio (Spanish Colonial) under Jack Williams. He contributed to several books and his work appeared in the Journal of Arizona History, Arizona Highways, and Sedona Magazine.  He is also a past president of the Grand Canyon Historical Society.  

The meeting will be held at the Foothills Community Foundation, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in north Scottsdale. MindQuest single event adult tickets are $20, and student tickets are $5. 

For more details, contact FCF MindQuest Speakers Series at (480) 488-1090 or