Monday, September 30, 2013

Librarian/teacher workshop at Carnegie Library

Thanks to our generous benefactors, we have copies of Arizona Recollections and Reflections to donate to educators throughout Arizona. 4th graders study Arizona history and high school students have Az history included with Social Studies.

Historical League members Judy Blackwell, Zona Lorig and Karen Swanson volunteered to distribute donated copies on Friday, September 27 at this Carnegie Library event.

Pictured here is Judy Blackwell giving Tanya Flanders from the Willcox library in Cochise County a book. We are grateful to Tanya for delivering six books to Willcox High School, Willcox Elem. School and then three books for small elementary schools in the area – Pearce, Cochise and Bonita.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meeting Abraham Lincoln

History conventions are fun. Nothing like rubbing elbows with the famous President Lincoln. Carolyn Mendoza and Zona Lorig enjoy their photo op at ACHE convention in Mesa. The Historical League has raised funds to donate Arizona Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Centennial Historymakers Commemoration to schools and public libraries throughout Arizona. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we handed out 40 books to very appreciative history teachers!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Museum Day - Free Admission Sept 28

Sept 28 is the day to visit Museums free during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! go to for your free ticket.

Visit Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park 10 am - 4 pm. 1300 N. College Ave, Tempe, Az.        480-929-0292 for information.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pozole at Four Peaks Brewery

Spicey and meaty, this native Mexican soup was delicious at Four Peaks Brewery.  The historic building once housed the creamery for Tempe. It is thriving now as a local gathering place and award winning restaurant. The owner gave us several recipes for Tastes and Treasures cookbook.
League member Ruth McLeod enjoying Pozole

League member Karen Swanson with her Pozole

Patio and entrance to Four Peaks Brewery

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sandra Day O'Connor H.S. history teachers receive Centennial book

 Susan Hubbs, Zona Lorig, Suzanne Wooton
History teachers Susan Hubbs and Suzanne Wooton from Sandra Day O'Connor High School were very happy to receive complimentary copies of Arizona Recollections and Reflections: An Arizona Centennial Historymakers Commemoration for their classes. They attended ACHE convention and spoke enthusiastically with Historical League member Zona Lorig about the many ways students can use the book.  Thanks to our generous sponsors for allowing us to proceed with this program and get the human side of Arizona Historymakers into the classroom. Students learn through biographies, family photos and oral histories. Historical League members Ruth McLeod and Carolyn Mendoza worked with Zona to explain to teachers the research, artifacts, oral histories,photos, formal portraits, etc. that comprise the Historymakers Program.

The Historical League plans on having all the Historymakers complete oral histories and long biographies on

Friday, September 20, 2013

Homemade Reese Bars

Peanuts and Chocolate - yummm.  We love Chocolate Peanut Treats found in Tastes & Treasures cookbook so we tried an adaption.

Homemade Reese Bars

1 cup sweet butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 oz. pkg chocolate morsels

In saucepan melt butter and peanut butter together. Once melted, add graham cracker crumbs and sugar and mix until well blended. Press into a 9x13 baking dish.

Melt chocolate morsels and spread over mixture in pan. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until chocolate has hardened cut.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Southwest Quinoa Salad from Judy Blackwell

Historical League meetings come with delicious salads for lunch. Thanks to Judy Blackwell for this delightful dish at Septembers meeting. More great salad recipes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

2 c. quinoa (use half red, if desired, for color), cooked (measure before cooking)
2 ears fresh corn, cooked or grilled, kernels removed
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, with most of green included
1 red bell pepper, cubed
Jalapeno pepper, finely diced, to taste
1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
6 oz. queso fresco or goat cheese, crumbled
Cumin to taste
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
Salt and pepper

Mix cooked quinoa, corn, beans, scallions, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cumin, and jalapeno to taste.  Mix olive oil and lime juice and toss with salad.  Gently fold in queso fresco or goat cheese.  If salad seems dry, add more olive oil and/or lime juice or red wine vinegar if you don't have more limes. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve cold or at room temperature.  Serves 10-12.  Better the next day!

Monday, September 16, 2013

4th graders to learn with AZ Recollections and Reflections

Meeting many history teachers at a recent ACHE history convention, Zona Lorig, Carolyn Mendoza and Ruth McLeod were happy to hand out the donated copies of Arizona Recollections and Reflections: An Arizona Centennial Historymakers Commemoration.

The elementary through university level teachers were excited to receive the book and share with their students the human side of Arizona Historymakers through photos and biographies.

Elementary teacher Rondi Du Brock of Pomeroy school in Mesa talks about how her students will use the book with Carolyn Mendoza and Zona Lorig.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gov. Mofford continues to help those in need

"Helping people have a healthy life has been important to me during my entire career," said Rose Mofford and now she is the honorary chair for the campaign to raise funds for the new SW Center for HIV/AIDS. The center will be part of the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness,  a health complex housing multiple organizations with counseling for domestic-violence victims, parenting tips, health-education classes and more as well as helping those with HIV/AIDS.

Governor Mofford continues to inspire and motivate people. The Historical League honored her as Arizona Historymaker in 1995 and it is well-deserved. More about Rose Mofford at

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Centennial book popular with history teachers

History teacher Vaunee Ann Lewis needs research on WWII for her class. After showing her the biographies and photos of  John Rhodes, Morrison Warren, Eugene Grigsby Jr, Bil Keane, Navajo Code Talkers,  and Bill Kajikawa, she was ready to encourage her students to use this Centennial book.

4th graders at Franklin at Brimhall in the Mesa Public School district are learning more about individual stories and the human side of history through Arizona Historymakers.

Monday, September 9, 2013

History teachers love AZ Recollections and Reflections book

Book donated by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in Memory of Historymaker Eddie Basha
Zona Lorig, Carolyn Mendoza and Ruth McLeod distributed 40 donated AZ Recollections & Reflections: An Arizona Centennial Historymakers Commemoration books at a History teachers convention Saturday, Sept 7. It was so gratifying to see how appreciative the teachers were. They were all ready thinking up lesson plans based on the book and ideas for research for students!

Often times, I think the Historymakers program is great but ends with the exhibits at the museum. Now I realize that with this book and online biographies and oral histories, we are reaching a much larger audience - students and teachers (elementary through university), historians, researchers, family historians .  .  . It is such a POSITIVE experience. Hurrah for Historymakers Gala and Recognition Program!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

D.A.R. shares Tastes & Treasures cookbook

Betsy Davis, Curator of the historic L. Ron Hubbard House, Historical League member and member of the Camelback Chapter of the DAR, presented the Tastes and Treasures cookbook as a Thank You gift at a recent DAR function.  Kathy, the AZ State DAR Chairman for American Heritage, and Ann Brandes, the hostess of the function and Vice Regent of the Camelback DAR chapter, received the cookbook with enthusiasm!

Betsy comments, "I explained to both of them what the cookbook is and what was in it and they both absolutely loved it.  Kathy asked me how she could get more and I showed her the literature on the League and the cookbook that you gave me to include with the books, specifically that little postcard about the cookbook, and she was very happy so you may get some future orders from her.  Ann, the lady who was the hostess, also really loved hers and sent me an email exclaiming how interesting it was and how good the recipes looked."

Friday, September 6, 2013

Kaisa's White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas from Kaisa Holcombe. "I have been looking for this recipe for the past 20 years!!!! Finally found it!!!!"
Several other good chicken dishes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook too.
(Yes - Kaisa and Kay Holcombe are family!)

White Chicken Enchiladas

10 soft taco shells
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese ( I like the Kraft Tex Mex)
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream ( I use Greek yogurt)

1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies (these are not hot)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan
2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
4. Stir in sour cream and chilies. Do not bring to boil, you don't want curdled sour cream.
5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cornish Pasties for dinner

Governor Rose Mofford gave the Historical League her family recipe for Cornish Pasties to go in Tastes & Treasures cookbook. It continues to be a favorite, especially on the Iron Range in Minnesota where they are made all the time.

The fascinating story of her family and growing up in the mining community of Globe, Arizona is found in our Historymaker section of Tastes and Treasures cookbook, thanks to Governor Mofford. She was honored in 1999 as an Arizona Historymaker.
Minneapolis fan of Cornish Pasties with ketchup

Monday, September 2, 2013

Oatmeal Stout at Four Peaks Brewery

Karen Swanson and I felt like we were in an old-fashioned soda shop sharing our Oatmeal Stout. This luscious beverage is highly recommended! Treat yourself at historic Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe or read the history of the building (Pacific Creamery built 1890) and make it at home: Tastes & Treasures cookbook pages 48-53.