Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tasting party perks

Not only do we test the recipes but we get to enjoy the results. These are photos from the event at Mary Parkers home. Our next tasting party is at Judy Blackwells in February. Can't wait to taste again . . .

Chili and all the fixins'

Coconut corn chowder was delicious

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Annual O'Connor Justice Prize awarded to Jimmy Carter

Justice O'Connor was a 1992 Historymaker
2008 Historymaker Barbara Barrett presents
the award to Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter, 92, is this year's recipient of the O'Connor Justice Prize, an annual humanitarian award named after retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O’Connor was named a Historymaker in 1992.

He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded the non-profit Carter Center in 1982.

“I am very grateful and honored to come here,” Carter said to a standing ovation from guests at the black-tie ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore on Friday.
In a clear, powerful voice with distinctive Georgia accent, Carter said he didn’t always agree with Ronald Reagan but that placing O’Connor on the nation's high court “was the best decision he ever made.”
Since leaving office in 1981, Carter has dedicated himself to humanitarian work and has emerged as an elder statesman.
His work at finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts and advancing democracy and human rights earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Notably, the Carter Center has led a campaign to eradicate the Guinea worm, a parasite that grows inside the abdomen and causes painful burning.
Since the non-profit center began working on the disease three decades ago, infections have fallen from 3.5 million a year to 25 cases last year, according to the center.
A cancer survivor, Carter successfully underwent treatment for melanoma that had spread to his brain in 2015.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been married 70 years. “Seventy-one if I make it to July,” he said to the audience.
Information from AZ Republic.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dr Stewart tells the story of MLK Day/Civil Rights Day

Slide shows Rosa Parks with Dr. Stewart at First Institutional Baptist Church
 With historic photos and his Eight Lessons, Dr. Warren Stewart presented a fascinating look at the struggle for Martin Luther King Day in Arizona. Followed by audience discussion, the talk at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park on Thursday, January 19 was most informative and well received.
The Historical League is proud to honor Dr. Stewart as a 2017 Historymaker at the Historymakers Gala, Arizona Biltmore Resort on March 4, 2017.
Museum Director Tawn Downs with Dr. Stewart

Monday, January 23, 2017

John Wayne Penthouse at Francisco Grande hotel

When they heard that John Wayne had often stayed at the Francisco Grande hotel, Karen Swanson and Ruth McLeod decided to investigate. The front desk was most helpful and gave them the key. Check out the lovely views and comfortable spaces that the Duke had when he came to Arizona. 1,000 acres of his Red River Ranch were sold to Shamrock Dairy Farms so they could grow their farm, moving from Phoenix to the Casa Grande area. Lunch at Francisco Grande was included in the Shamrock Farms Historical League tour. Judy Blackwell did a wonderful job organizing such an informative trip.
Karen enjoyed this view

Driving range views from patio
180 degree patio has tremendous views

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fun times at Shamrock Dairy Farms

Bonnie Newhoff finds the slide.

Deb Hester and Linda Fritsch get up close and personal
with the calves.
Donna Esposito is a child at heart.
 With many school children touring Shamrock Farms Dairy, the farm has lots of activities for the children to enjoy.

Ruth McLeod feeds a 6 week old calf.

Linda Fritsch makes friends with a 6 week old calf.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Shamrock Dairy Farms Tour

President elect Nina Filippi with tour chair Judy Blackwell
 Thanks to tour organizer Judy Blackwell for setting up a very informative, educational and fun tour of Shamrock Dairy Farms. Over 50 attended the tour and lunch at Francisco Grande hotel. The pictures tell the story as we viewed over 20,000 cows on the farm.
Video explains the process of milking to arrival in
the store within 36 hours.

Facilities Manager Brock discusses dairy
farming with Clede Gorrell

Consuming 100 lbs of grain and 35 gallons of water/day
(that's a bathtub full), the cows have 30 lbs of waste/day.

Milking 200 cows at a time. Twice a day.
1000 cows milked per hour.

Bonnie Newhoff with Shamrock props

Joan Galloway feels the effect of milking machine.

Nancy Evans feels the gentle tug of the milking machine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Historymaker Gala and Recognition Program

It's exciting to see the 2017 Historymakers Gala and Recognition Program coming together. Invitations were mailed last week. The Historical League is proud to recognize such an outstanding group of honorees for the Historymakers Gala March 4, 2017. Their stories and artifacts will continue to be told at the Historymakers Lobby Exhibit at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park after the Gala event.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

National History Day student researches wolves

The Historical League is glad to see their fundraising efforts put to good use. Using the library at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, this 6th grade student is the first researcher to use the Preserving Arizona’s Wolves (P.A.W.S.) Collection.  As part of the National History Day project, John Niemeyer is analyzing photos of wolves taken shortly before they were released into the wild.  His research led him to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center http://www.southwestwildlife.org/ where he and his family just “adopted” a Mexican wolf.  John epitomizes this year’s NHD theme of “Taking a Stand.”
Watching wolf videos, wolf lectures and wolf news clips are essential primary sources for this NHD “Save the Wolf” project.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pork Roast with Honey, Lime and Cilantro

Crock Pot Honey Lime Pork Roast

Look for other delicious pork recipes in Tastes and Treasures cookbook.

2 pounds pork loin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup honey
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
fresh cilantro, garnish

Season pork loin generously with salt and pepper, then heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, sear pork loin until nicely charred and blackened.
Combine honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes and ground ginger in a small bowl, and whisk together.
Transfer pork loin to slow cooker, then pour marinade over the top. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 3-4), or until pork is tender.
Once pork is cooked through, pour remaining marinade/juices into a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl and whisk to create a slurry.
Pour slurry into sauce mixture and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until mixture starts to thicken.
Pour over pork, then serve hot, garnished with lime wedges and freshly chopped cilantro.

Thanks to 12Tomatoes.com for the recipe.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

History of MLK Day in AZ by Dr. Warren Stewart

The History of Martin Luther King Day in Arizona, a presentation by Historymaker Dr. Warren Stewart will be held at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park on January 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Hear the challenging yet triumphant story of how the Arizonan African-American community came together in the 1980s to work towards recognition of the famous civil rights leader. Dr. Stewart served as the first General Chairperson for Arizonans for a Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday which contributed significantly to the legislative passage of Arizona’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on September 21, 1989.
Dr. Stewart also organized and led Victory Together, Inc., a broad-based coalition that campaigned for a Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona which was won by a historic vote of the people in the general election on November 3, 1992. Join us for an interactive discussion and Q&A with Dr. Stewart about this historic achievement and how it relates to current issues.

Admission to the event is free. Does not include admission to museum. Donations welcome.