Sunday, September 24, 2017

Roswell Bookbinding Tour

We will never look at a book in the same way, now that we have toured Roswell Bookbindery. Of course, Mike Roswell does more than bind books. He restores old, torn, abused books that become heirlooms for families. He creates inventive packaging. He designs unique style books and amazing large format books. His business comes from all over the world. While we were there, he had books that are going to Korea, to National Football teams and players, to Arizona Highways, to Collectable Car enthusiasts, to St. Andrews Golf Resort in Scotland . . . It's fascinating!
So many of his employees have been there for years. They talked fondly of their "second family" at Roswell Bookbindery.
Also wonderful is that Mike was a major sponsor for our Historymaker Centennial book providing the beautiful leather binding with the copper embossed title. He has contributed to Tastes & Treasures, Volume II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona with a delicious Posole recipe and memories of his family. And the cookbooks will be bound and stored at Roswell Bookbinding. We have a very supportive partner in our new cookbook and we are very grateful.

"Dancing Fred"

Our new cookbook will have the Wire-O Ring for ease of opening while cooking.

Antique bindery machines

Long time employee Christi Buchholz explains the O-Ring binding that will be used on Tastes & Treasures Volume II

Zona observes the delicate repair of old book that are ripped and torn.

Mary Pat Honey and Renee Donnelly are "twins" with matching shirts!

100 pro golfers signed the fabulous book for St. Andrews

Explaining repairs in the "Restoration Room"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Family Holiday Party featuring Disney's "Newsies"

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about It!  Historical League's Holiday "Play" Date will be held on December 9, 2017 at 12:30 PM in the wonderfully intimate Phoenix Theatre.

Wonderful reception prior to the play featuring delicious treats. No host bar. 50/50 Raffle. A wine raffle and a raffle with items for both Children and Adults.

Tickets will be available soon on
$60.00 - $80.00 depending on location of seat and prior to November 1.  After that date the tickets will be $75.00 - 95.00. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

After the summer, time to meet again

The September Historical League meeting is always a fun time to visit with dear friends and catch up on their summer experiences. Then we start the business meeting and move forward with future plans for the League.  Of course, we always take time for lunch and a guest speaker.
This time we were fortunate to hear from Historical League member Pat Faur, who co-chaired the Historymakers Gala 2017. Pat showed personal photos from the Historymakers and related a few stories that were shared in the oral interviews. These stories are fascinating, heart-warming and personal. They give us an insight into the lives of some amazing Arizonans.
Stay tuned for lots of events this fall including the Historymakers October Exhibit opening and the new Tastes & Treasures Volume II.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly

"The Journal of Sedona Schnebly"        by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger @
Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly followed her husband west when their small Missouri town condemned his Methodist religion. Arriving in Arizona Territory in 1901, they planted orchards and hosted early tourists in what is now named Sedona.  Read about a fiercely private woman’s life that is by turns amusing and heartbreaking, and always fascinating.

Sedona Historical Museum Saturday
Sept. 16; reading at 11 a.m. followed by
visiting and signing 

Historical League member, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger is busy again. After writing all the stories of the 24 historic restaurants for Tastes and Treasures Volume II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, she has captured the heart and soul of her great grandmother, Sedona Schnebly, in an audio book.

  More at

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer with the Historical League - History in Quebec

Nancy and Stan Evans had the opportunity to visit Quebec City, Canada this summer and sent these amazing photos. Nancy commented, "It was fabulous. We bid on this trip at the Silent Auction for Historymakers."
The Montmorency Falls, about 12 km from the heart of old Quebec City, are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River.
There are staircases that allow visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives. Nancy and Stan walked across the suspension bridge over the crest of the falls, accessing both sides of the park and giving spectacular views. There is also an aerial tram that carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls.
During summer months, the falls give off a yellow glow due to high iron content in the waterbed.
The falls were named in 1613 in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625. The remnants of earthen forts built by General Wolfe in the park were constructed in 1759.

They stayed in the majestic Chateau Frontenac.
In the late 19th century, William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, began building the hotel as the ideal stopover for CP travelers. Van Horne retained the services of New York architect Bruce Price (father of Emily Post), who had already designed Montreal's Windsor Station. Drawing on the architectural styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Price immortalized the history of the two great powers that had occupied Quebec City's highest promontory.
The years leading up to 1993 saw many expansion projects to fashion the Quebec City luxury hotel into what it is today, including the Citadelle construction in 1899, Mont-Carmel construction in 1908, and the Saint-Louis and Tour Centrale in 1920 and 1924. A new expansion phase was completed in June 1993 with the inauguration of the Claude-Pratte Wing, which offers guests a superb indoor pool, a physical fitness center and a magnificent outdoor terrace.
Fairmont Le Ch√Ęteau Frontenac owes its name to a flamboyant French governor called Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, who guided the destiny of New France from 1672 to 1698. Frontenac's coat-of-arms can be seen on the outside wall of the entry arch and many other areas within the hotel. History casts a long architectural line: a 300-year-old stone bearing the Cross of Malta emblem is among the interior stones of the hotel's vaulted lobby.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Historymaker Barbara Barrett supports AZ programs

From Frontdoors media:

Barbara Barrett has been named honorary chair of the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment  2018 Faces of Success Gala.
The event, which will take place February 9 at the PERA Club, will celebrate success stories and memories. This is also the event’s first year as a gala after 22 years as a luncheon.
Barrett will also receive the inaugural Barbara Barrett Arizona Women’s Education and Employment Icon Award, which will be presented annually in her name to a person who reflects courage, strength and character to overcome challenges and obstacles.
“We are thrilled to recognize and honor the significant contributions that Ambassador Barbara Barrett has made, not just to Arizona Women’s Education and Employment but to the entire community, and to acknowledge through this annual award individuals who have overcome significant barriers to create better tomorrows for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Christina Worden, Faces of Success committee chair and political involvement committee administrator at Salt River Project.
Barrett represented the United States as ambassador to Finland, served as interim president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, held the position of CEO of the American Management Association and worked as a senior advisor to a U.S. mission to the United Nations.
She chairs the board of The Aerospace Corporation, serves on the boards of RAND and the Smithsonian and owns a guest ranch that has been rated the best hotel in the world, twice.
Despite these accomplishments, Barrett’s early life wasn’t easy. At 13-years-old she began working by giving horseback rides and lessons to help support her family when her father died of a heart attack. She worked multiple part-time jobs while she attended Arizona State University and held an undergraduate internship in the Arizona legislature where she drafted a bill that launched the Arizona Department of Transportation.
She was appointed vice chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board and later was appointed as the first woman deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
She recognized the importance of education and employment for women and became a member of the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment board during its formative years.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Meeting with Evans Communications

The cookbook committee is very excited to be at this stage of development of the Tastes & Treasures II cookbook. Evans Communications has two lovely ladies on our project. Cheyenne is fun to work with, has great ideas and her designs are very appealing. She is the key person who takes all our information and puts it together for O'Neil Printing. Whitney is new to the game and brings her knowledge and enthusiasm.
It's all good!
L to R: Cathy Shumard, Leslie Christiansen, Linda Corderman, Whitney Thistle,
Cheyenne Brumlow with Ruth McLeod in forefront.