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....

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...
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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...

Celebrate the holiday season at historic Petersen House beginning Dec. 1

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition at the Petersen House for three weekends in December. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of...

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...

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...

Celebrate Tempe’s history at Hayden’s Ferry Days from March 2-4

Explore Tempe’s unique history at the 3rd annual Hayden’s Ferry Days from March 2-4. The three-day celebration includes a dinner, free community festival and...

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....

“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...

Marcia Fine at Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, April

Author Marcia Fine will speak and present a power-point presentation on her book Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19,...

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...

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...

December at the Tempe History Museum: Music, Peruvian dancing and a...

Music, Peruvian dancing and a Tempe holiday tradition are all happening this month at the Tempe History Museum and Petersen House. The museum’s feature...

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...

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...

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Accepts Local Holocaust Survivor Interview

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has accepted an interview conducted by Sun Sounds’ volunteer Judy Bartelstone with child Holocaust survivor, Dr. Michael Markson, for their archives. Dr. Markson’s...

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...

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....

History/Desert/Water Free May 5 Community Day

      HISTORY  ·  DESERT  ·  WATER    COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, FREE ADMISSION TEMPE, ARIZONA  - SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018   10 AM – 3 PM In celebration...

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...
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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...

Phoenix Theatre Announces Name Change to Commemorate 100th Anniversary

 Phoenix Theatre, the largest professional regional theatre company in the state, is changing its name to The Phoenix Theatre Company, effective Jan. 21, 2019.   The...

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...

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...

Tewksbury Rifle – Part 1

Originally published August 3, 2012 - Tuesday, August 2, 1892, 120 years ago yesterday, dawned like most August days in the Salt River Valley – stiflingly...
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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...

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...

HD South, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum: Upcoming Program and...

HD SOUTH, home of the Gilbert Historical Museum the East Valley’s arts, culture, & history center, offers a series of exciting and informative programs...

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...

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...

Hayden’s Ferry Days brings Tempe’s history and heritage to life beginning...

Explore Tempe’s unique history at the 4th annual Hayden’s Ferry Days, a multi-day celebration of Tempe’s rich history and heritage. The celebrations include a...
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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...
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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...

Tewksbury Rifle – Part 2

Originally published August 10, 2012 - Like the notorious Hatfield’s & McCoy’s feud in Kentucky, the range war between the Graham cattle family and the Tewksbury...
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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...

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....

Free Copies of US Constitution and Declaration of Independence Offered

  FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRM OFFERS FREE COPIES OF US CONSTITUTION AND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE  “We thought it would be great to go back to the source,...

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...
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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...

Queen Creek Unified School District Student Named State Competition Semifinalist by...

Queen Creek Middle School 7th-grader, Matthew Dillon has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to...

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...

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...

Tewksbury Rifle – Part 3

Originally published August 17, 2012 - With Tom Graham, the last of his family, lying on his deathbed the result of a mortal wound, attention...

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...

Outlets at Anthem Hosts DINO-MITE Encounter

Want to see life-sized dinosaurs in real life? Visit Outlets at Anthem for its unforgettable Dino-Mite event Saturday, Sept. 1. Dino Crew Entertainment will...

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...

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...

Walking Mill Avenue exhibit opening May 14 at Tempe History Museum

Mill Avenue. It’s one of the Valley’s best-known streets. A destination for locals as well as tourists, it attracts millions of people each year...

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...

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...

RR Bridge Centennial

Originally published August 31, 2012 - During this Arizona Centennial year many are looking to commemorate anything that reaches 100 years in 2012. That got...
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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...

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...

Sourcely Appoints Jeff Mandell as Board Advisor

Sourcely Holdings, Inc., a leader in aftermarket mobile device parts and services, today announced that telecom and consumer electronics industry veteran, Jeff Mandell has...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Tempe Chamber Building Mystery

Originally published September 8, 2012 - To say that Mary Ann Miller is a fastidious neat freak is a bit of an understatement. She is a...

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...
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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...

Dr Alan Longfellow Retires After 45 Years

TEMPE, AZ (September 5, 2018) – Dr. Alan Longfellow always knew he wanted to be a dentist and decided at about age nine that...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Birchett Park

Originally published September 14, 2012 - For obvious reasons, the one-acre, three-sided slice of land was called Triangle Park. It was green-space left over when the...

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...

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...

Video – Some Soul in the Sonoran

Soul kitchens are something of a rarity in Arizona, and they are often lumped in with comfort food, BBQ, and fried chicken establishments. Soul...

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...

March of Remembrance Honors Holocaust Victims

The 2018 Tucson March of Remembrance is set for Sunday, January 28. This incredible annual event will honor Holocaust survivors and their amazing perseverance and bravery. This...

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...

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...

Celebrate Aviation Weekend 2018 in Mesa

Join us at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum on 3/24 & 3/25 to celebrate aviation. Saturday, 3/24 is the Falcon Field Open House...

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...
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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...

Arizona State Fair Celebrates Friends 55+ Day Presented by Humana on...

Fair goers 55 and older can enjoy complimentary admission to the Arizona State Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, thanks to Humana, a leading...

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...

Gilbert Historical Museum and Society Hosts 6th Annual “A Night at...

Support HD SOUTH, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum, by attending the sixth annual installment of this signature fundraising event.  "A Night at the...
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