Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lunch at St Marys Foodbank Community Kitchen

Standing:Margaret Baker, Mary Parker, Zona Lorig, Ruth McLeod,
Pam Stevenson, Norma Jean Coulter.
Seated: Cathy Shumard, Linda Corderman
With the informative tour of Roswell Bookbindery filling our heads, members of the September Historical League tour headed to St. Marys Foodbank Community Kitchen for lunch and relaxation. In a lovely conference room upstairs, we found lunch bags with delicious sandwiches, potato chips and chocolate brownies all neatly packaged for us. An icy tub held sodas and bottled waters.

The meals were prepared by the students in the Community Kitchen program, which offers a 12-week culinary training program aimed at giving our students a second chance in life by providing all of the skills necessary to be successful in the food service industry. The Community Kitchen is a life skills and food service training program for those with barriers to employment. Students gain the skills to get jobs offering livable wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement through hands-on food service training as well as classroom studies.
During the past decade, the Community Kitchen has provided thousands of meals to those in need, while transforming the lives of countless participants and families. New sessions start every four weeks. In addition to training, each student receives job-placement assistance and support following graduation.
We are pleased that our new cookbook, Tastes & Treasures Volume II, features Roswell Bookbindery and St. Mary's Foodbank with photos, stories and delicious recipes.

New to our group were Donna Parisi and Chris Robinson

Linda Corderman standing by the ceramic tribute to sponsors of St. Mary's Foodbank

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Roswell Bookbinding Tour

We will never look at a book in the same way, now that we have toured Roswell Bookbindery. Of course, Mike Roswell does more than bind books. He restores old, torn, abused books that become heirlooms for families. He creates inventive packaging. He designs unique style books and amazing large format books. His business comes from all over the world. While we were there, he had books that are going to Korea, to National Football teams and players, to Arizona Highways, to Collectable Car enthusiasts, to St. Andrews Golf Resort in Scotland . . . It's fascinating!
So many of his employees have been there for years. They talked fondly of their "second family" at Roswell Bookbindery.
Also wonderful is that Mike was a major sponsor for our Historymaker Centennial book providing the beautiful leather binding with the copper embossed title. He has contributed to Tastes & Treasures, Volume II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona with a delicious Posole recipe and memories of his family. And the cookbooks will be bound and stored at Roswell Bookbinding. We have a very supportive partner in our new cookbook and we are very grateful.

"Dancing Fred"

Our new cookbook will have the Wire-O Ring for ease of opening while cooking.

Antique bindery machines

Long time employee Christi Buchholz explains the O-Ring binding that will be used on Tastes & Treasures Volume II

Zona observes the delicate repair of old book that are ripped and torn.

Mary Pat Honey and Renee Donnelly are "twins" with matching shirts!

100 pro golfers signed the fabulous book for St. Andrews

Explaining repairs in the "Restoration Room"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Family Holiday Party featuring Disney's "Newsies"

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about It!  Historical League's Holiday "Play" Date will be held on December 9, 2017 at 12:30 PM in the wonderfully intimate Phoenix Theatre.

Wonderful reception prior to the play featuring delicious treats. No host bar. 50/50 Raffle. A wine raffle and a raffle with items for both Children and Adults.

Tickets will be available soon on
$60.00 - $80.00 depending on location of seat and prior to November 1.  After that date the tickets will be $75.00 - 95.00. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

After the summer, time to meet again

The September Historical League meeting is always a fun time to visit with dear friends and catch up on their summer experiences. Then we start the business meeting and move forward with future plans for the League.  Of course, we always take time for lunch and a guest speaker.
This time we were fortunate to hear from Historical League member Pat Faur, who co-chaired the Historymakers Gala 2017. Pat showed personal photos from the Historymakers and related a few stories that were shared in the oral interviews. These stories are fascinating, heart-warming and personal. They give us an insight into the lives of some amazing Arizonans.
Stay tuned for lots of events this fall including the Historymakers October Exhibit opening and the new Tastes & Treasures Volume II.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly

"The Journal of Sedona Schnebly"        by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger @
Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly followed her husband west when their small Missouri town condemned his Methodist religion. Arriving in Arizona Territory in 1901, they planted orchards and hosted early tourists in what is now named Sedona.  Read about a fiercely private woman’s life that is by turns amusing and heartbreaking, and always fascinating.

Sedona Historical Museum Saturday
Sept. 16; reading at 11 a.m. followed by
visiting and signing 

Historical League member, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger is busy again. After writing all the stories of the 24 historic restaurants for Tastes and Treasures Volume II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, she has captured the heart and soul of her great grandmother, Sedona Schnebly, in an audio book.

  More at

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer with the Historical League - History in Quebec

Nancy and Stan Evans had the opportunity to visit Quebec City, Canada this summer and sent these amazing photos. Nancy commented, "It was fabulous. We bid on this trip at the Silent Auction for Historymakers."
The Montmorency Falls, about 12 km from the heart of old Quebec City, are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River.
There are staircases that allow visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives. Nancy and Stan walked across the suspension bridge over the crest of the falls, accessing both sides of the park and giving spectacular views. There is also an aerial tram that carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls.
During summer months, the falls give off a yellow glow due to high iron content in the waterbed.
The falls were named in 1613 in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625. The remnants of earthen forts built by General Wolfe in the park were constructed in 1759.

They stayed in the majestic Chateau Frontenac.
In the late 19th century, William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, began building the hotel as the ideal stopover for CP travelers. Van Horne retained the services of New York architect Bruce Price (father of Emily Post), who had already designed Montreal's Windsor Station. Drawing on the architectural styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Price immortalized the history of the two great powers that had occupied Quebec City's highest promontory.
The years leading up to 1993 saw many expansion projects to fashion the Quebec City luxury hotel into what it is today, including the Citadelle construction in 1899, Mont-Carmel construction in 1908, and the Saint-Louis and Tour Centrale in 1920 and 1924. A new expansion phase was completed in June 1993 with the inauguration of the Claude-Pratte Wing, which offers guests a superb indoor pool, a physical fitness center and a magnificent outdoor terrace.
Fairmont Le Ch√Ęteau Frontenac owes its name to a flamboyant French governor called Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, who guided the destiny of New France from 1672 to 1698. Frontenac's coat-of-arms can be seen on the outside wall of the entry arch and many other areas within the hotel. History casts a long architectural line: a 300-year-old stone bearing the Cross of Malta emblem is among the interior stones of the hotel's vaulted lobby.