Thursday, June 4, 2020

Historical League June meeting via Zoom

Very involved, dedicated members attend the Historical League June meeting via Zoom, taking notes, getting involved. Over 30 attended our last meeting of the year but many will continue to volunteer over the summer working on events for fall.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June 2020 Historical League virtual meeting

Another successful Historical League meeting via Zoom thanks to president Susan Dale. Looks like over 30 attended. Happy to get a report from museum director Tawn Downs stating the Arizona Heritage Center will open to members June 13 and open to public June 16. Advanced tickets online.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

School Connect buys 140 Tastes & Treasures II for Teacher Appreciation Week

From Jill Hicks at School Connect:
School Connect was THRILLED when a local community member helped out with 140 gorgeous​ cookbooks called Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona!! 
These are not just award-winning cookbooks, but a beautiful, hardback, colorful collection of 24 historic Arizona venues – with a special recipe & history of each restaurant! 
Also featured are AZ Historymakers biographies, photos, recipes & food memories! 
School Connect donated these books to a local school to honor their incredible staff for TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! School Connect thanks, celebrates & respects all the AWESOME EDUCATORS!! 

Thank you for your tireless efforts to support student learning, even under these unprecedented circumstances! We appreciate you every day! #GivingTuesdayNOW

Monday, May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020 Historical League meeting on Zoom

Zoom meetings are so helpful during COVID-19. The Arizona Heritage Center is closed so Historical League meetings are now online. Great to see 35 video and 6 non-video attending this Zoom meeting! We are all missing the human contact but still able to conduct League business. Thanks to President Susan Dale for organizing it all and conducting a successful meeting.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Kudos to O'Neil Printing

Kudos to a Great Company O'Neil Printing. We are proud to have worked with them on several projects, most recently Tastes & Treasures II storytelling cookbook. Anthony Narducci, President, said “O’Neil has been part of the fabric of Arizona for more than 100 years. We are always looking for ways to support organizations that are helping our neighbors, especially children and families who are most vulnerable,” said Narducci. “School food service programs continue to meet very practical hunger and nutrition needs of children in our communities and we wanted to do something to help out where we could.”
To assist with the marketing efforts of school meal programs, O’Neil is offering free breakfast and lunch banners in two unique designs for qualifying school districts, particularly those with a majority low-income population.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Bunny cake

Baking for Easter? The kids can help you get creative with this design. Priscilla Cake from page 146 in Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona would be a good recipe to use for this.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April virtual meeting possible via Zoom

Thankful for modern technology, the Historical League's April 6 meeting was held via Zoom chaired by President Susan Dale. It was nice to see everyone, hear their voices and know that the Historical League continues on its mission despite COVID-19!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Cafe Roka helps the community of Bisbee

Love to hear these stories of kindness and generosity. This one from Cafe Roka in Bisbee supplying delicious meals to BPD. So glad we featured Cafe Roka in Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Bisbee Fire Department’s Gus Campeno and Brandon Davey and Jacob Amos from the BPD accept dinners for the Friday night shift from Cafe Roka. We appreciate all the front line workers for keeping our city safe. Thanks Fred for the photos- and delivery!!! ðŸ’œ

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Help Historical League with amazonsmile

With so much online shopping these days, you can help the Historical League by using AmazonSmile.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Fight the spread of COVID-19 by trying new recipes at home

Now that we need to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, why not try some new recipes? Pepper Steak is a great family recipe from Cathy Shumard, page 171 in Tastes & Treasures II. The story and photo that go with it are true family treasures. Order this award-winning storytelling book at
Pepper Steak
1 pound flank steak
¼ cup soy sauce, divided use
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 green bell peppers, cut into 2-3 inch strips
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, cut in eighths, or 1 pound of cherry tomatoes, halved 
Remove the steak from its package and place on a small cutting board. Chill steak in the freezer 1 hour before starting, which will make it easier to slice. Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce and the sugar in a bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. After chilling, use a very sharp knife to slice the flank steak against the grain into thin, 2-inch strips. Combine the strips with the marinade, using a fork to stir, until each piece has been coated. Let stand about 30 minutes.
Place the oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add green peppers and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the beef and sauté, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until the strips are browned and thoroughly cooked. Reduce the heat to low and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and the tomatoes, cooking only about 2 minutes longer. If overcooked, the tomatoes will lose their shape. Serve immediately. Mom served this dish with steamed rice. 
Serves 4 to 6

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Interesting customers at Special Events

Ruth McLeod with Sara Homan
Working at shows, we meet a lot of lovely people. While in our booth on March 8 at the Litchfield Park Fine Art and Food Festival, Sara Homan from Litchfield Park Historical Society stopped in to visit. Her booth was right next to ours. She was born and raised in Arizona so at age 86, she has lots of memories.

While browsing through Volume II, she saw Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s story and recipe. She remembered chatting with Sandra Day O'Connor at the neighborhood park when they were both young mothers, pushing their children on the swings.

Judy Fulton from Litchfield Park Historical Society commented she “had to have this book since it has Fattigman “Poor Man’s Cookies" that her grandmother used to make!! She was so excited to finally get the recipe! Thanks to Linda Corderman for sharing this recipe and the story of her family traditions.
with Judy Fulton

It is important to remember that you never know who you met, who you talked with, who may contact us down the road to buy books, visit the museum, join the Historical League, contribute to National History Day or more. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Litchfield Fine Art and Food Festival March 7-8

We have a booth at Litchfield Fine Art and Food Festival Sat-Sun, March 7-8 from 9am-5pm. Join us to share stories of AZ history, Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, food memories, historic places and people of AZ. Our booth is on Old Litchfield Rd, just south of Wigwam Blvd. It is next to Litchfield Park Historical Society. 
Chris, Lynn, Pat, Judy, Margaret and Ruth will be there!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March meeting guest speaker, Roger Naylor

We have wonderful guest speakers at our monthly Historical League meetings. March 2 speaker was Roger Naylor talking about his book, The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon. He certainly kept our interest with his stories, photos, hiking trips and knowledge of the Grand Canyon.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Folk and Heritage Festival at Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale February 20-March 1

Join the Historical League at Folk & Heritage Festival this weekend, Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, 10 am - 5 pm. Lots of history, music, presentations, re-enactors, the Wild West comes alive!! Visit our booth and Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona. Janet Weiss, Patt Walker, Bonnie Newhoff, Karolee Hess, and Mariamne will be there.

Family friendly and Free event.
The Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival brings together folk music and the rich heritage of Sahuaro Ranch Historic area. In addition, there will be activities including "jam sessions", storytelling, cowboy poetry, and more!
Karolee Hess

Patt Walker

Mariamne Moore assisting  Customer

Janet Weiss

Bonnie Newhoff and Karolee Hess

Friday, February 28, 2020

Mystery Castle Tour for Historical League

Listed in Arizona Historic Registry and Phoenix Points of Pride, this castle is a fascinating place, filled with stories. 
Remembering how he built sand castles with his daughter in his native Seattle, Boyce Gully "disappeared" to Phoenix and built a native stone castle with 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces, parapets and many charming nooks and crannies, then furnished it with southwestern antiques. 
Boyce Gully died in 1945 before he could send for his family. His daughter, Mary Lou Gully, was an adult when she moved into her “castle” and began living her fairy tale, perpetuating her dream. She shared her “home” by giving guided tours of her beloved Mystery Castle until her death in 2010.