Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A little silver polish goes a long way . . .


Glad to see this lovely silver "1969 Rosenzweig Award" bowl from Historymaker Elisabeth Ruffner shiny again in preparation for the "History in the Making" on October 22, 2015 at AHS Museum.
Join us as we celebrate with many of our Historymakers and view the "Unveiling of the 2014 Historymakers Interactive Exhibit" from 5:00-7:00 pm. $35.
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages served.
Details at
Tickets at

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tawn Downs, new director at AHS Museum at Papago Park

Tawn Downs
Director of AHS Museum Papago Park
We were excited to have Tawn Downs, the new director at AHS Museum, speak at our September Historical League meeting. She is dynamic and energetic, with a great vision for our museum. Tawn also announced the November 19 opening of the new Mining Exhibit.
Also speaking were Leonard Macisz, President of AHS, and Kelly Corsette, President of the Central Arizona Chapter of AHS discussing the positive and strong connection the Historical League has with the Historical Society.
Kelly Corsette, President of Central AZ Chapter AHS

Leonard Macisz, President of AHS

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fort Grant Military Band

Discovered this fascinating signed photo in a back hall at AHS Museum at Papago Park. This photo is First Infantry Band 1882.
Research tells us that bands boosted troop morale. 
Wonder what stories Charles Kellogg and Lawrence J. Fleming could tell us?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hattie Wog portrait , age six, c. 1896

Portrait of this darling child, Hattie Wog, age six, c. 1896, is in the back halls of Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park but no one seems to know her background.  By the looks of her dress, shoes and background, she was well-to-do. If only she could tell us . . . . It's so important to document history for future generations.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Best Pound Cake from Kay Holcombe

The Best Pound Cake

Rich, dense and so yummy, try this recipe when you want to forget your diet. Kay brought this to the September Historical League meeting. It was enjoyed!

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 cups flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract or 2 teaspoons lemon extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Mix in eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition.
Mix in flour, baking soda and extracts.
Spoon into prepared pan and bake on the center rack of oven until toothpick inserted in cake center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Cool in the pan 15 minutes, run knife along pan edges, and invert onto cooling rack.
Serves 14-16.
Serve with Raspberry Sauce and Sweetened Cream.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Historymaker Marshall Trimble at AHS Tucson

Article in Tucson Daily Star September 13, 2015:

"Cowboy philosopher," educator, lecturer, folk singer and performer Marshall trimble will perform at the Arizona History Museum at 949 E Second St at 4:30 pm on Friday, September 25. There will also be a discussion on a book Trimble wrote.

He taught Arizona history for 40 years, was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame and was named one of seven "Historymakers" for the year 2014 by The Historical League of the Arizona Historical Society.

Historymaker Trimble entertained the Historical League at
the Spring Luncheon 2015. Pam den Draak presented him
with a custom Historical League Soleri bell.

This program is free with admission to the museum. Free validated parking is available one block west in the Main Gate garage.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Artist Joan Lincoln featured in Historymaker Wall Exhibit

Creating a display to showcase the
artistic talent of Historymaker Joan Lincoln, Zona Lorig and Mary Parker designed a canvas wrap for the Historymakers Wall Exhibit. They incorporated three photos of the fountain that Joan designed for the Paradise Valley Town Hall.

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Displays for Historymakers Exhibit

Working with Michael DeQuinque of Sound and Video Consultation, we are excited to plan touch screen technology for our new interactive Historymaker Exhibit. Short videos will be easily accessible for all 67 Historymakers in October.

Thanks to the outstanding editing work of Zona Lorig with assistance from Mary Parker and Ruth McLeod, new signs have been created for the exhibit also. Museum curator Rebekah Tabah is ready to install them.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sandra Day O'Connor Award

This Lorna Lockwood Traveling trophy was given to Sandra Day O'Connor. Several female judges received it prior to Justice O'Connor but it was decided that the award would retire with her. She generously donated it to the AHS Museum where it is on display in Historymakers Hall.

Zona Lorig worked on creating accurate signage for all the artifacts in the exhibit including Ben Avery's hiking boots and a 1937 Arizona State Teacher's College signed football from Bill Kajikawa.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Historymaker David Lincoln to speak at Sunnyslope Historical Society

Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum
Joan and David Lincoln
will be the venue as Historymaker David Lincoln shares the story of J.C. Lincoln and the family's influence in the Phoenix area. Honored in 2014 as a Historymaker along with his wife, Joan Lincoln, they continue to contribute to the Valley and keep history alive and well.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum, 737 E Hatcher Rd, Phoenix. 10:00 am - noon. Call the museum for more information 602-331-3150.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Lady Bug Caprese Salad

How adorable is this? and edible too!

Lady Bug Caprese Salad

Cherry tomatoes (split back end)

Balsamic vinegar dots
Black olives
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh mozzarella cheese

Arrange on plate and let the "Ohs and Ahs" begin.

Thanks to Greens First with Mary Tees-Corridon and Gigi Sotomayor for the idea.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Summer Chick Pea and Kale Salad

This is a great blend of flavors for a Summer Salad. Many interesting salads are also found in Tastes & Treasures cookbook. Enjoy the tastes.

Summer Chickpea Kale Salad with Feta, Olives and Basil

4 cups cooked chickpeas* (2 - 19 oz. cans)

2-3 cups packed green curly kale, minced
1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted & minced finely (about 20)

1/2 cup cubed feta cheese

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup minced red onion (optional)

4 tbsp olive oil

 2-3 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp salt (or to taste)
black pepper to taste

1 pint cherry tomatoes

fresh basil leaves (6-8 leaves)


Combine the beans, chopped kale, olives, feta, garlic & red onion and toss gently together. Stir in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper and adjust to taste. Mix all gently to incorporate the dressing. Halve the cherry tomatoes and toss them in just at the end, reserving a few to leave on top for color. Just before serving, tear a generous amount of fresh basil leaves and scatter over the top.

Kale tastes MUCH better raw when you 'massage' it first. Just work it with your fingers for a couple of minutes. The leaves will turn dark green and the flavor becomes very mild.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Historymaker Rose Mofford's artifacts at Sierra Bonita restaurant

With loads of personality, Governor Rose Mofford won the hearts of many Arizonans with her many roles in sports, business and government. It's no wonder she was honored as a Historymaker by the Historical League.

Donating some of her charm at Sierra Bonita restaurant at 7th Street and Glendale, the photographs tell the story.