Saturday, November 18, 2017

Leadership conference with Susan Dale and Ruth McLeod

Ruth McLeod and Susan Dale
Susan Dale is now the Public Relations chair for the Historical League and has already made major strides. Getting involved and learning more, she signed up with Ruth McLeod for a Leadership Seminar. As the class introduced themselves, Ruth spoke of Tastes & Treasures II, the history of Arizona, and AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park. Two people approached her after the class to ask how to get the new book!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Order "Newsies" tickets by Friday, Nov 15

Disney's beloved musical, Newsies, is fantastic family entertainment inspired by the real-life News Boys Strike of 1899 and the 1992 Disney film. The fundraiser will include an entertainment, children’s toy and wine raffles. Complimentary light food and refreshments will be served; no-host bar. 

$75 and $95.  602-882-1510

Tickets available at 
Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. Show starts at 2:00 p.m.

Donate to underprivileged children!
The Historical League has partnered with the Audrey Johnson Theatre Foundation to provide theater tickets to local charities focused on helping children. To donate tickets, you may call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 602-254-2151 and tell them you wish to donate tickets for the Historical League benefit matinee.

Phoenix Theatre      100 East McDowell Rd,  Phoenix, AZ

All proceeds from the event will help support the work of the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park in celebrating and preserving Arizona history!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Newsies at Phoenix Theatre much more than the play

Imagine a treasured memory with family and friends when you purchase tickets to Newsies for the December 9 Historical League event. 
The deadline for ordering is Friday, November 17.

You get so much more than the musical. Complimentary light refreshments, a no-host bar, fabulous raffles including a wine raffle.

Here are a few of the Children and Adult Raffle items:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

A delightful afternoon with soft breezes on a lovely patio drew fans and supporters of Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and Arizona History. They wanted to be the first to get The Journal of Sedona Schnebly, have her sign the book and listen to a reading.
Linda Corderman, Cathy Shumard, Ruth McLeod with Lisa

Tastes & Treasures II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona is fortunate to have Lisa be a major contributor to the new cookbook, telling the stories about the historic venues. With her distinctive writing skills, the restaurants and resorts become more than old buildings. They hold the history of Arizona within their walls, and tell the histories through their recipes and foods.

Co-chairs of Tastes & Treasures II, Linda Corderman, Cathy Shumard, Leslie Christiansen and Ruth McLeod are very pleased that Lisa is an Historical League member!
Chuck and Dee Steen, Cathy and Tom Shumard, Ruth and Al McLeod

Ruth and Linda toast to Lisa's book as well as the upcoming Tastes & Treasures II

Lisa signs her books, Linda Corderman signs her credit card payment while Jana Bommersbach waits to purchase

Jana Bommersbach tells stories of her upcoming book filled with Arizona history

Lisa reads excerpts from The Journal of Sedona Schnebly

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Carolyn Warner and Lisa Schnebly Heidinger guest speakers at Nov 6 meeting

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and Carolyn Warner
What a delight to hear from past AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction, Carolyn Warner, with introductions from historian and author, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger. The duo are quite good at public speaking sharing amusing anecdotes and fascinating stories. They had also teamed up to write a book called Before I Forget. Carolyn's latest book is The Last Words, A Treasury of Women's Quotes.
Carolyn explained her career, "From a teen who wasn't interested in getting married, to a woman with six children, I slowly got involved with the schools." She directed the state's Department of Education 1975-1987.  She also met every President from Truman to Obama.
Of her close friendship with Erma Bombeck, "One day we were in deep discussion in the kitchen, while preparing dinner for the family. Until the bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken caught fire in the oven . . ." So many more great memories in the books. Looking forward to reading them.
The Historical League has also teamed up with Lisa in writing Tastes & Treasures II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona due out in January 2018.

Diana Smith welcomes Carolyn Warner
Carolyn Warner signs books with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger assisting

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Newsies: Historical League event at Phoenix Theatre Dec 9

"It's the dancing! People are mesmerized by the choreography."

"Of course, I always love a story where the underdog triumphs, and I think audiences do too."

Fabulous reviews for Newsies.

Join us for the play, complimentary light refreshments, a no-host bar, fabulous raffles including a wine raffle and raffle with items for both children and adults.

Saturday, December 9, 2018 with the show starting at 2 pm.
This fundraiser for the Historical League is a tradition of good times for everyone in the family.
Tickets are available now for $75 and $95.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Two more wonderful Historymaker Exhibit Opening photos

Historymaker Pastor Warren Stewart with Historymakers Recognition Chair Pat Faur

Renee Donnelly with Larry and Margaret Baker

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Latest Red Book features Historymakers Gala

2017 Historymakers Gala Recognition Chair Pat Faur comments, "Nice to see the Historymakers Gala has a page in the newest Red Book. It is on page 91. Cindy Miller, the editor, told Andrea Evans (Evans Communications) that it was the best event she attended this year.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Placemaking and the Future of Phoenix Water

November 1
Placemaking and the Future of Phoenix Water
Third in our Phoenix Phabulous lecture series.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as local artist Damian Jim introduces his brightly colored mural depicting the ancient Hohokam canal system, which still delivers water to Valley residents today. He’ll share insights about how he conceptualized the striking design for this larger-than-life mural. Damian's art talk will be followed by water resource expert, Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, who will connect Phoenix growth, placemaking and economic development in the context of the Valley’s future water supply - the key to life in our desert. Fabritz-Whitney served as Arizona’s director of Water Resources and currently directs water strategy for Freeport-McMoRan.
Event is free and open to the public. Presentation includes access to Phoenix Phabulous exhibition. All other exhibits closed. RSVP's requested to 480-929-0292, or

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Historymaker Exhibit Opening Photos

So much excitement and celebration of amazing Arizonans at the Historymaker Exhibit Opening October 18. A picture is worth a thousand words . . .

Jan and Paul Murray

Cindy Tidwell Shelton, Claire Nullmeyer, Norma Jean Coulter are ready at the merchandise/membership table
Senator Jon Kyl, Deb Hester, Pat Faur, Karyll Kyl

Delicious food need to be restocked!
Wonderful shrimp from Dancing Chef

Friday, October 20, 2017

Historymaker 2017 Exhibit Opening

It was a lovely evening at the AZ Heritage Center October 18 with the opening of the 2017 Historymakers Exhibit. The excitement grew as the crowds came in. Nothing like visiting with some amazing Arizonans who were instrumental in growing the state. Congratulations again to Ed Beauvais, Wink Crigler, Senator Jon Kyl, Harry and Rose Papp, Dr. Robert Spetzler and Pastor Warren Stewart, Sr.
Ed and Mary Ellen Beauvais pose for photos in front of the exhibit

Historymakers Harry and Rose Papp, Historymaker Chair Pat Faur, Ed Beauvais, Gala Chair Deb Hester,
Pastor Warren Stewart, Dr. Robert Spetzler

The evening begins . . .

Renee Donnelly with Historymaker Rose Papp

Historymaker Senator Jon Kyle with wife, Caryll and Historymaker Chair Pat Faur

Delicious food enjoyed as the people come in to the exhibit opening.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tastes & Treasures II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona committee

Cookbook committee meetings are great times to discuss the new book, recipes, Historymakers, tribute pages, stories of historic Arizona, fundraising, promotions, and, of course, publishing. How many books do we print? Where do we distribute them? What special events should we participate in? How many pre-sales of boxes of ten books? Lots of talk and lots of progress.

We are so grateful for the time and talents of all those Historical League members who have worked so hard on his new book. Stay tuned for the publication date! Here's a picture of committee members at the October 2 meeting. There are many more members not pictured here.
L to R: Zona Lorig, Ruth McLeod, Mariamne Moore, Cathy Shumard, Judy Blackwell, Leslie Christiansen, Pam Stevenson, Bonnie Newhoff, Susan Dale, Renee Donnelly, Norma Jean Coulter, Julie Moore, Linda Corderman, Sharron McKinney, Linda Fritsch, Mary Parker

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit "Footprints on the Desert"

Celebrating 150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright, the AZ Heritage Center opened a new exhibit on Thursday, October 12 with great fanfare, food and fun.

October 13, 2017 – March 31, 2018
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

The exhibit features notable Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in Arizona. Wright’s architectural designs reveal painstaking attention to detail, with an intense dedication to sustainability and beauty. The exhibit includes images and artifacts from Wright’s Taliesin West, David Wright House and Harold C. Price House, as well as other Wright designs – including some that were never built. The exhibit will include supplemental information available digitally on mobile devices via the free Cuseum application. Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona was organized by the AZ Heritage Center in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and in conjunction with the year of Wright’s 150th birthday.