Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ghost Towns of Arizona

Fairbank's passengers wait at the town's railroad depot.
October 2018 Arizona Highways features 13 Ghost Towns with historic pictures. Where do these great photos come from? Arizona Historical Society.
Interesting stories with authentic photos to make the places come to life as they were in their heyday.
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a ghost story!

Pearce's first boarding house in late 1800's

 Harshaw's cemetery on top and a mill at the Hermosa Mine during construction in late 1870's.

Courtland was a thriving community in the early 1900's.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Historical League member Rene Blain

Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum may be small but they do good things. Congrats to Historical League member and President of S.H.S. Rene Blain for bringing more members, guest speakers and dynamics to this small museum.
And they are selling a lot of Tastes and Treasures II!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Tour of Water Treatment Plant

How does a desert city get water? Fascinating tour of a Water Treatment plant gave us a glimpse into this amazing process. Filtration, separation, chemistry, physics and engineering clean the water from the Colorado, Salt and Verde rivers. A series of canals supply water to Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the country. 
After yesterday's tour, Historical League members are more appreciative of our water. 
Thanks to Rene Blain and Judy Blackwell for organizing this tour.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tastes & Treasures at Sky Harbor Airport

Flying to Phoenix? Want a wonderful history, souvenir, stories of your trip? Stop in at Earth Spirit at the airport and pick up Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona. Only the first volume is there.

Tastes & Treasures II is available at www.HistoricalLeague.org/shop/aspx

Friday, October 19, 2018

Portraits of Courage Oct 19-Dec 29 at AZ Heritage Center

Sgt. First Class Michael Rodriguez, a Special Forces Green Beret, comes from a military family: from grandfathers that served in WWII, a father that served in Vietnam, and a wife and son that also served, the Rodriguez family has seen 16 deployments. A vocal advocate for the power of art, and a metalworker himself, Rodriguez was medically retired after 21 years of continuous service due to various injuries he endured throughout his career. 
See Michael’s portrait in person at the Portraits of Courage exhibition running from October 19 to December 29 at Arizona Historical Society's Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pioneer woman, Pauline Cushman, visits Historical League

Posey Moore Nash, October speaker, did a marvelous interpretation of an Arizona pioneer woman. She dressed as Pauline Cushman and spoke about Cushman’s eventful life. Her book, The Digger's Daughter tells the story of Pauline Cushman.

Claire Nullmeyer presented her with a copy of Tastes and  Treasures II as a thank you gift.
We are grateful to Claire for organizing such wonderful guest speakers for our meetings.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

October Historical League meeting

Historical League meetings are informative and fun. Nice to see 2018-2019 President Mary Garbaciak so involved! Even husband John is part of this October meeting.
Thanks to Cathy Shumard and Laura Helder for selling Tastes and Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.
Pat Christopherson and Karolee Hess

Cathy Shumard and Laura Helder. Credit card machine ready for Tastes & Treasures II sales.
Clede Gorell signs up for the next Historical League trip

Sharron McKinney enjoys coffee with Halloween decor

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tastes & Treasures II at Fountain Hills Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

Save the Date: Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Nov 9-10-11, 2018. From 10 am to 5 pm.

The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts is one of the largest arts and crafts events in the southwest. Over 200,000 people attend each year! There are hundreds of booths for artist exhibitors.
You’ll find exhibiting artists showing original fine works of art in every price range. In every medium. From sculptures to paintings, hand-made clothing, jewelry and crafts. You’ll be amazed at the diversity of art forms. You’ll certainly see pieces that appeal to your taste. Some you might just decide to take home with you. Even the fine art of food with wonderful restaurants and local food is on exhibit and display. For you to buy and eat of course.
And what Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts would be complete without artists providing live music?
If you need to take a moment to ponder your purchases, there are comfortable shaded seating areas.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October tour of Water Treatment Plant

Thanks to Rene Blain for organizing the October tours of the Water Treatment Plant on Oct 18 and Oct 25. Looks like they are almost sold out!