Historic Maps Up For Grabs

History buffs should take advantage of a chance to score an incredible piece of the past. A limited number of Historic Babbitt Ranches Quadrangle Map...

Gilbert Leadership celebrates 25th Anniversary with Time Capsule

The Gilbert Leadership Board of Directors and alumni gathered mementos and keepsakes from the first 25 classes of the leadership program. Gilbert Leadership began...

Arizona Camera Museum Celebrates Photography

  An incredible display of the technology that makes photography possible is now open. The Arizona Camera Museum just opened in Flagstaff's Market of Dreams, a safe space...
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Enjoy Holiday Events at the Tempe History Museum and Petersen House

The lights, the music, the festivities. The holidays are here and what better way to celebrate than by bringing the family to the Tempe...

90 Years of Passenger Flights in Tucson

Tucson International Airport celebrated its 90th year of commercial airline service in Southern Arizona on Tuesday with a reception honoring American Airlines, its longest-serving...
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Historically Black in Greek Life at ASU

Arizona State University has 70 different organizations in Greek life and growing. One council in particular, consisting of 9 chapters, stands out from the...

Restoration of Iconic Bisbee Building Complete

A stunning symbol of Bisbee’s rich history, The Pythian Castle, has been completely restored after a three year effort. Its three units are presently available for lease, and the...
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Native Americans Honored at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law...

In light of November being Native American month, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University held an event Monday honoring...
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Video: I Am Not Your Negro – Film Screening

One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book...
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The Gilbert Historical Museum: More Than a Museum

Sheep, cattle, horses, chickens, hay, cotton, ostriches: the town of Gilbert was founded by farmers who seem to have tended to it all. Dubbed...

Roosevelt Neighborhood Historic Home Tour

The annual Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood Home Tour by the Roosevelt Action Association features many historic properties from Phoenix’s first “suburb.” Come learn about early Phoenix history...

Myrtle Cheney Murdock – John’s better half?

Originally published August 20, 2010 - The old adage paraphrased “behind every great man is an even greater woman” certainly applies to today’s column. Last...
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AVID Program Changed Phoenix Union District Teacher

“This one goes to cosmetology school at Metro Tech and she wants to get a business degree and own several of her own salons.”  “This...

The Night the “A” Blew Up!

Originally published August 6, 2010 - Those who were in the vicinity of the downstream Town Lake dam bladder when it exploded on a muggy...

Roman Bridge to Span Salt River? – Part 2

Originally published July 2, 1010 - Last week we were left wondering about an intriguing letter sent from Tempe to the Mayor of Rome in...

Roman Bridge to Span Salt River? – Part 1

Originally published June 25, 2010 - The letter dated January 26, 1979 is addressed to The Honorable Mario Argan, the Mayor of Rome. It begins: “Honored Sir: “We...

Haehl, Harter & Eduarda

Originally published June 11, 2010 - Ever see the 1993 movie Six Degrees of Separation -- the premise of which was that every person could be connected...

Archaeology Center Receives Significant Grant

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has received a $24,000 grant. As the official nonprofit partner of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, the archaeology center...
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Len Copple

Originally published - May 28, 2010 - The news when it came was at the same time both heartbreaking and a relief. A relief because...

Legendary Activist to Speak at the Loft Cinema

A legendary activist and subject of an award-winning documentary is set to speak in Tucson. Dolores Huerta, one of the leading activists in the fight...

History Museum Hosts Ethiopian Food & Culture Event

September 21, 2017 begins a new season of 3rd Thursday at the Museum. This series is part coffeehouse, part artist and performing venue, part history...

Victory Acres – Part 2

Originally published May 21, 2010 - When Lebanese immigrants George and Mary Tibshraney carved out 80 acres from their farm between Tempe and Mesa, to...

Victory Acres – Part 1

Originally published May 14, 2010 - In researching last week’s column about the Hispanic contribution to Tempe and the Valley, I learned just how long...

Who came first? Hispanics in Tempe

Originally published May 7, 2010 - Ever since this column debuted in January 2007, its sole intent has been to provide interesting and intriguing tales...

The Calaboose – Tempe’s First Jail?

Originally published April 20, 2010 - Over the years, jails have been called many things --- hoosegow, can, clink, gaol, brig, cooler, jug, lockup, pokey,...

Fires keep Tempe burning

Originally published April 23, 2010 - It’s not a subject that anyone likes to talk about. But fires have always been the bane of cities....

House of Tricks Celebrates 30 Years

The Tempe landmark House of Tricks will mark 30 years in business on September 6, 2017. After hosting hundreds of thousands of milestone events...
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Arizona’s Places To See- Castle In The Desert

All About Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, a Jewel in the Desert! Visit Arizona's four-story, 5,000 square foot architectural wonder perched atop the highest point...
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Visit the Museum of Miniatures

Take a Tour in Tucson Through The Many Cultures of Life With The Time Machine of Miniatures! Miniatures have long been used for educational and entertainment...

Tom Harter’s Art at THM – Part 2

Originally published March 12, 2010 - Last week’s column began with the question “What do the Petersen House and fine art have in common?” Before we had...
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20th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market

The Sharlot Hall Museum hosts the Prescott Indian Art Market to showcase the finest Native American art in the Southwest. The backdrop for this year's...

Tom Harter’s Art at THM – Part 1

Originally published March 5, 2010 - What do the Petersen House and fine art have in common? We’ll get to the answer, but first - Most people...

Devil’s Inferno

Originally published April 16, 2010 - Jack Haehl and Mike Obrenovich ─ two names that are long forgotten. But their legacy remains in the form of...

Rohrig School

Originally published February 13, 2009 - Joni Mitchell’s 1970 anthem against redevelopment said it best: Don't it always seem to go. That you don't know what...

Tempe commemorates Juneteenth with two-day celebration

TEMPE, Ariz. - Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in history when the last enslaved African Americans in the U.S. were freed. Though the...

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Honors Historic 150th Birthday Celebration

Taliesin West hosts anniversary of legendary architect’s 150th Birthday The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announces the start of a year-long celebration to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the...

Former Gilbert High Principal Takes a Look Back as the School...

Interview and photograph by Eduardo Barraza (Gilbert, Arizona) – As Gilbert High School is nearing the celebration of its 100th graduating class this year, there...

Why Swap Horses – Part 1

Originally published in February 17, 2012 - Unless you have been vacationing in Antarctica or somewhere else remote, you know that we are in...

Chandler Presents Local Voices, Arizona Stories

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation.  Presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society...

Neighborhoods and Neighbors Recognized for Outstanding Projects and Service

The fourth annual State of the Neighborhoods Awards held on Saturday, April 22 at the Tempe History Museum recognized outstanding Tempe residents and businesses...

Westworld – The Premier Event Venue in the Southwest

One of the most visited public facility, multi-use venues in the entire country is situated right here in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s...

Bisbee’s Pythian Castle is a relic of a bygone era, soon...

BISBEE, Ariz. - The castle that once served as the meeting place for a secret society is in the process of getting a makeover....

Bisbee’s Pythian Castle is a relic of a bygone era, soon...

BISBEE, Ariz. - The castle that once served as the meeting place for a secret society is in the process of getting a makeover....

Tempe History Museum Receives National Accreditation, Industry’s Highest Honor

The Tempe History Museum has been awarded the highest honor of National Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, an organization that recognizes institutions...

Tempe Leadership – 25th Anniversary – Part 2

Originally published April 9, 2010 - Tonight history meets the present and looks to the future when Tempe Leadership celebrates its 25th Anniversary at a gala...

Samuel Brown – Tempe Mayor

Originally published March 19, 2010 - Back on February 19th I wrote about a remarkable piece of Tempe history that has long been hidden away and...

Tempe Leadership – 25th Anniversary – Part 1

Originally published April 2, 2010 - What do you remember about 1985? Back to the Future was the top grossing film. We Are the World won a...

1902 Train Wreck – Part 2

Originally published February 12, 2010 - Occasionally a community makes headlines for reasons it would otherwise prefer to avoid. Tempe took its turn in the national...

Discover, Explore and Honor Tempe’s History at Hayden’s Ferry Days Feb....

Hayden’s Ferry Days, a celebration of the Tempe community and its heritage, will be held Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26 throughout the...
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1902 Train Wreck – Part 1

Originally published February 5, 2010 - Oh eBay, the bane of human existence. I am here to confess a love/hate relationship with that online...

Tempe Creates Fire Department!

Originally published in February 19, 2010 - Oh how far we’ve come in a little more than a century. Today City Council meetings are recorded exactly...

Mary O’Connor

Originally published January 29, 2010 - Over the last three years Ferry Tales File has attempted to chronicle the fascinating stories of events, places...

Hayden Butte’s Hidden Shrines: Any Info On The Mystery Cross?

This is a most improbable column. How else would you describe a 500 word essay on a subject for which you know virtually nothing...

Arcadia Businessman Delivers “Daily Dose” of Sports Nostalgia

Longtime Arcadia businessman, youth sports coach and civic leader Jim Edwards has now taken on a new title: chief wordsmith. Edwards’ latest venture Daily...

Tucson Shooting Survivor Honored with Commission of New Ship

The United States Navy has announced plans to commission a new vessel named after a well-known survivor of the 2011 shootings in Tucson. The USS...

Life In a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project Coming to Chandler

(Chandler, Arizona) - The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, East Valley Jewish Community Center and City of Chandler will combine forces for a remarkable...

Tickets On Sale For Mesa Historic Home Tour

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th Annual Historic Home Tour in Mesa. This year's tour will be Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10...

University of Arizona Now Home to Pearl Harbor Memorial

This past Sunday, the crewmen aboard the battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor were honored at a memorial dedication at the University of Arizona. Wednesday,...

ASU’s Exclusive Involvement at Teotihuacan, Archaeological Treasure

Teotihuacan, Mexico, the first city of its kind in the Western hemisphere, was home to over 80,000 people and remained constant for four centuries....

New Book Features Midcentury Architecture of the East Valley

Recently published, "And TiKo-Tu:  the Midcentury Architecture of Greater Phoenix' East Valley" profiles buildings, signs, places and spaces built approximately between 1945 and 1975...

Thanksgiving Brings Mixed Feelings for Some Native Americans

The haunts of Halloween are fading and after the pumpkins and cobwebs are retired for another year the stores will be filled with everything...

“Magic Kenny Bang Bang” Enchants at The Bisbee Seance Room

Gifted artists, eccentrics, and laid-back hippies flock to Bisbee for its unique and eclectic vibe; you never know what creative delights and characters you'll...

Historic Holiday Charm: F.Q. Story Home Tour & Street Fair

As if the historic houses in downtown Phoenix's F.Q. Story District aren't charming enough, the holidays make them even more so, particularly during the...

Pearl Harbor Day – 24th Annual Massing of the Colors

The 24th Annual Massing of the Colors will be held on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe....

No Más Bebés Documentary Screening and Discussion Planned for Friday

The public is invited to a screening and discussion of the documentary No Más Bebés this upcoming Friday, November 11. The event, organized by ASU, will take...

Flagstaff Celebrates 90 Years of Route 66 at the Museum Club

History buffs, northern Arizonians, and travelers along the windy road all recognize the importance and beauty of one of America's greatest roads, Route 66. Route...

Trains of Tempe Comes to Tempe History Museum Thursday, Nov. 10

All Aboard! The exciting and interactive Trains of Tempe exhibit rolls into the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. next week. The 1,200...

Upcoming Fiesta Peoria Celebrates Latin American Culture

Fiesta Peoria is a family-friendly festival highlighting the rich Hispanic heritage, history and culture of Mexico and Latin America. The event will take place...

Upcoming: Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

Celebrate Brazilian Day on Saturday, September 24th at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts! From 2pm-10 pm, this fun-filled festival will offer guests...

Gilbert Hosts Annual Constitution Fair

Independence Day may have passed, but patriotic citizens can still celebrate the creation of the Constitution on September 17th, 1787. The annual Constitution Fair celebration is...
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