Saturday, May 8, 2021

National History Day details

National History Day students have done so well. We are impressed with the presentations and proud to be a sponsor for this program. NHDAZ 2021 By the Numbers: Regional contest participation: 217 students, 157 projects across 4 contests State contest participation: 123 students, 89 entries State contest winners: 80 students, 54 entries Promoted to the national contest: 56 students, 34 entries Special award winners: 13 Teacher Awards: 4 Judges: 37 More info at

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 3 Meeting Updates on Future of History Fund

We cannot meet in person, but we accomplish a lot at Zoom meetings. Here are more photos from the May 3 gathering online. It is very exciting to learn that the Future of History Fund has reached $91,845 with the goals: 1. An update of the Historymakers Hall exhibit. 2. Support for Arizona teachers and students to develop National History Day projects. 3. Outreach dollars for the Arizona Heritage Center to reach new audiences. Thanks to all the generous donors. More details on Mission page

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May 3, 2021 Meeting

This is how we roll now with Historical League Zoom meetings. They are filled with National History Day information, reports on Future of History Fund, exhibit updates, Tastes & Treasures II promotions, Social Media tutorials, and good stories that make us laugh as well. It will be great to meet in person again at the AZ Heritage Center but until then, online meetings work with 28 attending the May 3 monthly meeting.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Unframed: A Photo Journey through Navajo and Hopi Nations 1977-1978

UNFRAMED: A PHOTO JOURNEY THROUGH NAVAJO AND HOPI NATIONS.” Opened April 29, the exhibition features the photography of contemporary artist Katharine L. McKenna. Historical League President-Elect Claire Nullmeyer visits with Katharine at the opening.
During her gap year from college in upstate New York, McKenna spent the summers of 1977 and 1978 volunteering at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. While there, she assisted the museum in collecting woven rugs, pottery, baskets, and jewelry for the museum’s annual Navajo Arts and Crafts Show. She documented her experience by journaling and taking photographs of the 24 trading posts she visited, the people she met, and the countless miles she traveled through the Navajo and Hopi Nations in Northern Arizona. McKenna shares, “As a curious 19-year-old, I considered my experience on the Navajo and Hopi Nations to be one of the greatest adventures of my life. I am glad I kept all my negatives, even throughout the transition to the digital age. I have lived in California, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona, and New York, and through the years of moving around, I managed to safe keep these negatives in a notebook. As they come to life in this exhibition, I am excited to share them with the public. I hope that visitors will be able to see what the reservations were like in the 70s.” This exhibition features McKenna’s black and white images and Native American artifacts from the Arizona Historical Society Collections. Visitors can travel along with McKenna and read excerpts from her journal that she kept during this time period. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 480-929-0292 or visit

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New Tastes & Treasures 40 Second Promo Video

Recognize this intriquing voice on Tastes & Treasures II new 40 second promo video? Thanks to Bonnie Newhoff for the voice over, President Susan Dale for her leadership, Cookbook co-chairs Clede Gorell and Nina Filippi for their ideas. This storytelling cookbook is reaching new audiences with this video.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Dr. Heidi Osselaer hosts History Convention Happy Hour

In case you missed the April 23 Happy Hour, the Arizona History Convention's signature cocktail called "The Summerhayes" was featured. Here's the recipe demonstrated by Dr. Heidi Osselaer and her husband wearing Historical League Old Ned aprons. Cheers! This cocktail is derived from the 1885 rum punch recipe belonging to Martha Summerhayes, discovered by Perri Pyle in the Arizona Historical Society's collection. During Happy Hour we demonstrated how to make a modern version of this refreshing beverage that we call "The Summerhayes," although after a couple, you might call it "The Summer Haze." Here's the recipe for the modern version. The Summerhayes (makes two cocktails) 4 oz rum 1 green tea bag 2 oz lemon juice (juice of one lemon) 1 oz simple syrup splash of champagne (optional, but Martha says it's an improvement) Heat the rum in the microwave or stovetop until hot, but not boiling. Steep with one green tea bag for an hour or longer. Pour infused rum into a shaker and add the lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake well, pour over ice into two glasses. Top with a splash of champagne if you are using. Arizona Historical Society

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Arizona History Convention has new Tastes & Treasures II video

A virtual convention and virtual store, the Historical League premieres the new 40 second video of Tastes & Treasures II at the Arizona History Convention April 22-24, 2021.