Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tastes & Treasures II in Payson Round Up, North Central News, Paradise Valley Independent

Thanks to some wonderful promotions from Carolyn Hartman, Tastes & Treasures II got lovely publicity from these publications in December: Payson Round UP, North Central News, The Paradise Valley Independent. Sharron McKinney mails out website orders. Cathy Shumard mails out Amazon orders. They were both VERY busy this season!


Thursday, December 24, 2020

2003 Historymaker Calvin C. Goode dies at age 93

We are saddened to learn that long-time Phoenix City Councilman Calvin C. Goode has died, Wednesday, December 23 at the age of 93. He was honored as a Historymaker by the Historical League in 2003. There are many, many tributes to him. He will be missed.

KJZZ reports: As Phoenix’s second African American council member, Calvin C. Goode was elected 11 consecutive times. He served a record 22 years before retiring. Goode died Wednesday at the age of 93. Through a city spokesperson, the Goode family said Calvin C. Goode passed at 3:25 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2020, at Banner University Medical Center from a non-COVID related illness. Memorial services are pending. The family requests privacy during this time.

 During a 2001 interview for the Historical League’s Arizona HistoryMakers collection, Calvin C. Goode was asked what he’d like to be remembered for. 

“Don’t talk about all the awards,” he said. “I got a lot of plaques but remember me as a person who tried to do the best thing for people.”

Monday, December 21, 2020

Phoenix Home & Garden about 2019 Historymakers exhibit

Historymakers exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center displayed in Phoenix Home & Garden, January 2021.

The exhibit features amazing Arizonans who have been honored by the Historical League: Betsey Bayless, Dr. Arthur De Cabooter, Michael J. Fox, Alfredo Gutierrez, Merrill Mahaffey and Vernon D. Swaback.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

So much to find in Library and Archives at The Heritage Center

 Celebrating the 40 year Historical League Anniversary, President Susan Dale and Ruth McLeod research Library and Archives at The Heritage Center at Papago Park. What a wealth of information is there!

Appointment only at this time. 480-929-0292.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Enjoying Churros at Lon's patio and Tastes & Treasures II

 Pre-Covid days we often met at Lon's patio for friendship, fun and good food. Ennis and Susan Dale are enjoying the house special "Churros" served in a unique way.

Lon's patio is always a great place to meet (even during Covid) and they have Tastes & Treasures II in the Hermosa Inn lobby.

Or get yours at

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Orders for Tastes & Treasures II are increasing

 Orders are coming in fast and furious for Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

With recent articles in Arizona Daily Star and Lovin' Life After 50, fans of history, food and Arizona are ordering on and on Amazon.

Thanks for a great job to Carolyn Hartman for the publicity, Sharron McKinney and Cathy Shumard for filling orders.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Historical League December Zoom meeting is fun!

December's Historical League meeting has always been a festive one with delicious foods, good friends, holiday outfits, libations and a short meeting. Zoom meetings are not quite the same although President Susan Dale motivated us to bring on the Christmas Cheer for 2020.

Claire Nullmeyer organized an auction and raffle as well so we had much to be grateful for.

Can you find Norma Hinton wearing a Christmas sweater? or Linda Fritsch donning a moving, singing, jingling Santa hat?

Zoom meetings are productive. Linda Corderman gave an update at the December Historical League meeting on the Historymakers Hall renovation. She is working with Historymaker and artist Ed Mell who has donated images for the Hall.

Marilyn Murphy encouraged us to be judges for the virtual 2021 National History Day regional (Feb.) and state (March) events. For more information or contact

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Arizona Daily Star writes about Tastes & Treasures II

More publicity for Tastes & Treasures II, thanks to PR chair Carolyn Hartman. This time in Arizona Daily Star featuring stories, history and recipes from southern Arizona.

 Cookbook takes readers on historical, culinary tour of Arizona


“Tastes & Treasures II” features recipes for the Arizona Inn’s tiny BLTs and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. The inn, at 2200 E. Elm St., was built in 1930.

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

If you’ve exhausted your rotation of go-to meals, you can try your hand at a recipe from one of two dozen historic Arizona restaurants and buildings that have withstood the test of time.

Chefs from across the state have shared recipes for the Historical League’s “Tastes & Treasures II,” a storytelling cookbook that highlights enterprises and buildings that are at least 50 years old.

The book, published in 2018, has been written for novice cooks and accomplished gourmets. Many of the ingredients are native to the Southwest, Mexico and South America.

Beyond learning how to whip up tiny BLTs or oven-roasted Brussels sprouts from Tucson’s Arizona Inn, “Tastes & Treasures II” also offers insights into the origins of the historic hotel, built by Arizona’s first congresswoman, Isabella Greenway.

According to the book, Greenway built the resort in 1930 to be a customer for the furniture factory she created to give World War I veterans a place to work. It was said that she carried a set of sawhorses around the property, at 2200 E. Elm St., while bedrooms were being built so she could lie on plywood to see the view through the windows.

“Tastes & Treasures II” also takes readers farther south to Tumacacori for a stop at Wisdom’s Cafe, known for its homestyle Mexican food since 1944.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Make a Stop at the Museum Gift Shop

 Are you making your list and checking it twice?

Find unique gifts for the whole family at the Arizona Historical Society Museum Gift Shops. The Arizona History Museum and Arizona Heritage Center are open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Scottsdale Progress features Historymaker Jim Bruner's recipe for the holidays

Homemade ice cream for the holidays, thanks to Historymaker Jim and Sandy Bruner's recipe. Scottsdale Progress featured them 11/29/20 issue on page 26. History, storytelling and recipes featured in Tastes & Treasures II. $30


Friday, November 20, 2020

A Conversation with Dr. Lydia Otero "In the Shadows of the Freeway"


This week! Join us on Thurs, Nov. 19, from 6-7:30 pm for a conversation with Dr. Lydia Otero about their 2019 book, "In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer"
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Phoenix Home & Garden says Give the Gift of Tastes & Treasures II

 Recommended by Phoenix Home & Garden as a great gift to give, Tastes & Treasures II is featured for 2020. Storytelling, history, recipes, color photos!

Kudos to Historical League PR chair Carolyn Hartman!!

Friday, November 13, 2020

3TV video of Tastes & Treasures II linked to

Tastes & Treasures II was featured on 3TV. What fun to share history and recipes of Arizona. Video from 2018 featuring co-authors Leslie Christiansen, Linda Corderman, Ruth McLeod and Cathy Shumard. Now linked to on Home page.

$30 Hard-cover, color photographs, 138 recipes.

Available at

Monday, November 9, 2020

An Artist’s Eye to History: A Conversation with Katharine McKenna

 An Artist’s Eye to History: A Conversation with Katharine McKenna

Thursday, November 12
6:00 - 7:00 p.m

Join the Arizona Historical Society for a virtual conversation on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with renowned contemporary artist Katharine McKenna. From 1977-1978, McKenna worked for the Museum of Northern Arizona and spent time documenting Northern Arizona people and places. Hear from McKenna about her Northern Arizona ethnology and archeology work from her recent publications, “The Paleontologists Daughter” and “Navajo Collecting Trip.” During this period of her life, McKenna documented her experiences through her writing as well as photography.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

History of water in Phoenix with Leah Harrison

    Where would we be without water in Phoenix? 
A fascinating look into the history of water in Phoenix was presented at the November Historical League meeting by Leah Harrison, manager of Research Archives and Heritage at Salt River Project. We are fortunate to have such outstanding speakers sharing their knowledge and history in Zoom meetings. The photos tell some of the amazing story. Thanks to Dee Steen for co-ordinating the speaker.