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...

Explore the Wild West with a Day Trip to Tortilla Flat

With many reconsidering summer travel plans this year due to COVID-19, Arizona families are looking to discover new adventures in their own backyard where...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Phoenix Holocaust Association to bring Father Patrick Desbois and Holocaust by...

The Phoenix Holocaust Association, in coordination with several organizations, is bringing a community-wide education program to Greater Phoenix in 2020. Holocaust by Bullets (HBB)...

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....

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...

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...

April events at the Tempe History Museum

Live music, cultural engineering and how to reclaim your health – you’ll find it all at the Tempe History Museum this month in a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

(Opinion) For the Next Generation, Vote YES on Prop 127

We’ve seen a plethora of press, mailers, and nasty TV ads designed to confuse voters about the Clean Healthy AZ ballot initiative, Prop 127,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“Bauer” opens at BLK BOX PHX Nov. 22nd

 A brush poised over a canvas. An artist consumed by bitterness and regret. BLK BOX PHX presents “Bauer”, the riveting story of modern artist,...

Wings of Freedom Marana Coming April 6-8

A living history event, with aircraft, historical military vehicles, historical displays of equipment, living quarters and men and women dressed in period military uniforms....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tempe Time Machine returns to the museum with free activities for...

Tempe History Museum’s popular summer program series, Tempe Time Machine, returns for the summer with an exciting lineup of performers, activities and demonstrators. The program...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Welcoming music, conversation and Tempe City Council to the museum this...

Noticing some new activity at the museum? The Tempe City Council Chambers have been temporarily relocated to the museum’s ??? room while their downtown...

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...

A Fresh Look at Trends and Statistics in the Automotive Aftermarket

A Fresh Look at Trends and Statistics in the Automotive Aftermarket The aftermarket industry has become a huge part of the automotive economic sector....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

MAC Farm Desert Ag- Venture

What: MAC Desert Ag- Venture Tours Tour Dates: January 28, 2020 February 3rd & 5th 2020 10am-2pm ( Check in time 9:30)  Who: For winter visitors...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....
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