Thursday, August 13, 2020

Still Marching: Women inResistance Speakers Series

 Still Marching: Women in Resistance

Tuesday, August 18 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm AZ/PT

Join the Arizona Historical Society for Women in Resistance, a conversation centered around Indigenous activism featuring activist Rosetta Walker. This deeply powerful conversation will center around the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement that has swept the nation. Walker will share her experiences by promoting change and allowing voices to be heard.

Free event! Registration is required.

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Rosetta Walker resides in Tempe with her husband and daughter and has been an Arizona resident for 25 years. Walker is a community volunteer, advocate and influencer in the Native American community. Walker was a steadfast advocate at the Arizona Legislature during the hearings for House Bill 2570 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee. She attended House and Senate hearings and was present for the signing of the bill into law by Governor Doug Ducey in May 2019.

For more information, please contact Allison Avery at  

Saturday, August 8, 2020

River of Time Museum supports Historical League

 Fabulous Treasure Trove Culinary Kit Box supports River of Time Museum PLUS Tastes & Treasures II. Check it out and find great items!

Even though many museums are closed during this Covid-19 pandemic, including Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park and River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills, we can still support them.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lons at Hermosa Inn re-orders Tastes & Treasures II again

Hermosa Inn continues to support Tastes & Treasures II, ordering more books yesterday. Norma Hinton delivered the box, finding Hermosa Inn taking care of their staff and clients with masks required and social distancing. Different procedures during this pandemic but we are happy to see the resort and restaurant doing well. Tastes & Treasures II is available in their gift shop or

Norma Hinton is so helpful in delivering our award-winning Tastes & Treasures II books to stores. She is creative in her mask and outfits. Which style should she choose?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

AHS Museums close temporarily

As of June 30, the Arizona History Museum and the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park are temporarily closed to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Please read the latest news on our website:

Dear Members & Friends of Arizona History,

We hope that you and your families are safe and staying well. We know many of you have been looking forward to visiting our museums and libraries.

Please be advised that as of Tuesday, June 30, Arizona History Museum in Tucson and the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe will again temporarily close to the public. Both libraries and archives will also close to researchers. All other Arizona Historical Society museums remain closed to the public until further notice. We are taking precautions to protect our staff, visitors, and guests during these uncertain times. With this pause, we hope we can be part of a larger effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our state and communities healthy.

While our museums are closed, some of our museum grounds will remain open to the public during normal operating hours. Please remember to maintain social distancing practices recommended by the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff): Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Grounds are open, although buildings are closed

  • Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park (Tempe): Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Greenline Overlook, Orientation Point, and adjacent Papago Park areas are open

We will continue working to bring you Arizona history, answering archives requests, processing collections, and creating digital content for you to #MuseumFromHome. Please stay connected with us through our websiteemail, and social media.

These are difficult times for all of us. If you can support our work with a gift, we greatly appreciate your support.


James Burns, Executive Director

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Summer activity for the family

Looking for a summer activity with the family? 

Arizona Historymaker™ Jim Bruner and his wife, Sandy, recommend churning your own homemade ice cream. “Simple homemade ice cream has been a part of the Bruner family for at least 70 years. We continue the tradition my parents started and serve it for every birthday and special occasion, even Christmas Eve dinner. 

For years we made it the old-fashioned way, with the wooden bucket and hand crank. Our kids always made such a fuss when we made them turn the crank, charging us with child abuse! So one year Santa Claus brought an electric ice cream machine and the kids dropped their threat to call Child Protective Services.
Sandy starts the mixture, I put in the ice and salt, and in less than one hour from start to finish, you have perfect home made ice cream. Couldn’t be any simpler! Homemade ice cream makes me recall my early childhood memories.”
This recipe is from Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, written by the Historical League. The book raises funds for the Arizona Heritage Center, promotes Arizona history and the Historymakers Recognition Program. 

Available at



1 large fresh pasteurized egg (or 1⁄4 cup liquid eggs) 

1 cup granulated white sugar 

2 1⁄4 cups whole milk 

1 3⁄4 cups half and half 

1 1⁄2 teaspoons La Vencedor Mexican vanilla, if available 

Pinch salt 


This recipe has been reduced from the original to fit the smaller electric ice cream makers used today; please follow manufacturer’s directions on pre-freezing the center freezer container. 

In a medium bowl whisk the egg, then slowly blend in the sugar while continuing to whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place mixture in refrigerator and chill thoroughly. Pour into the center freezer container and put into an electric ice cream maker, following the freezing directions. This recipe makes about 5 cups delicious vanilla ice cream. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

National History Day Documentaries

FOR ONE WEEK ONLY: The will showcase #NHD2020 students’ documentaries relating to #AfricanAmericanHistory and #CivilRightsandHumanRights. Visit the to watch the films featured in this year’s Documentary Showcase:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Zoom meetings during pandemic

Zoom meetings are becoming an effective way of working together during the pandemic. This one is Historical League Finance/Operations chaired by president elect Claire Nullmeyer. Great to see enthusiastic participation.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Featured in Scottsdale Progress

Scottsdale Progress featured Tastes & Treasures II book, Historical League and Arizona Heritage Center with a lovely article in today's issue, June 7, 2020. 
Thanks to Carolyn Hartman for a great job on publicity!

Corrections: The Historical League is celebrating its 40th Anniversary NOT the Heritage Center.

The title is Tastes & Treasures NOT Taste & Treasures.
Amazon sells it for $30 NOT $35.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Historic restaurants beginning to re-open

Featured in Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, we are pleased to see Rock Springs Cafe opening up. Great pies, great food. Some delicious recipes and fascinating history from Rock Springs can be found in Tastes & Treasures.

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.