Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New Tastes & Treasures 40 Second Promo Video

Recognize this intriquing voice on Tastes & Treasures II new 40 second promo video? Thanks to Bonnie Newhoff for the voice over, President Susan Dale for her leadership, Cookbook co-chairs Clede Gorell and Nina Filippi for their ideas. This storytelling cookbook is reaching new audiences with this video.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Dr. Heidi Osselaer hosts History Convention Happy Hour

In case you missed the April 23 Happy Hour, the Arizona History Convention's signature cocktail called "The Summerhayes" was featured. Here's the recipe demonstrated by Dr. Heidi Osselaer and her husband wearing Historical League Old Ned aprons. Cheers! This cocktail is derived from the 1885 rum punch recipe belonging to Martha Summerhayes, discovered by Perri Pyle in the Arizona Historical Society's collection. During Happy Hour we demonstrated how to make a modern version of this refreshing beverage that we call "The Summerhayes," although after a couple, you might call it "The Summer Haze." Here's the recipe for the modern version. The Summerhayes (makes two cocktails) 4 oz rum 1 green tea bag 2 oz lemon juice (juice of one lemon) 1 oz simple syrup splash of champagne (optional, but Martha says it's an improvement) Heat the rum in the microwave or stovetop until hot, but not boiling. Steep with one green tea bag for an hour or longer. Pour infused rum into a shaker and add the lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake well, pour over ice into two glasses. Top with a splash of champagne if you are using. Arizona Historical Society

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Arizona History Convention has new Tastes & Treasures II video

A virtual convention and virtual store, the Historical League premieres the new 40 second video of Tastes & Treasures II at the Arizona History Convention April 22-24, 2021.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Tour of historic Desert Botanical Gardens

Did any of us realize how special it is to be back together again as a group? Our first tour in many months, Historical League members met at Desert Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, April 21. The best part of the tour was seeing old and dear friends after a year with restrictions from Covid: isolation and Zoom meetings. Thanks to Mary McMahon and Julie Moore for organizing this tour. Lunch at Gertrudes patio in the historic Desert Botanical Gardens was delightful as Historical League members gathered together after a long year of canceled tours, meetings and events. We felt comfortable being outdoors. Check out the tall burger stack and nutty “Grains and Seeds” bowl. All delicious! Gertrudes is featured in Tastes & Treasures II. www.HistoricalLeague.org/shop/aspx

Sunday, April 18, 2021

New Mural honors 2003 Historymaker Calvin Goode

A new mural recognizes Calvin Goode for his many contributions to Phoenix. The Historical League honored him as a Historymaker in 2003 with his biography and photos on our website. Known to many as the conscience of the council, Goode died in December at the age of 93. The artists wanted to honor a Phoenix civil rights icon. “He was a really good man, and Isaac was looking for a way to commemorate him, and this just was the perfect opportunity,” Yazzie said. Though Caruso never met Goode in person, he drew inspiration from his father’s stories of a selfless public servant. “When (Goode) passed, I definitely wanted to do something to commemorate his life’s work, because he just genuinely wanted to see the community do better and he didn’t care about the limelight,” Caruso said. “He had zero ego and wasn’t trying to impress anybody, he just wanted to get (things) done.” He served on Phoenix City Council from 1972 to 1994 and was the longest-tenured person in that body’s history. He was the second Black person elected to council and served as vice mayor in 1974 and 1984. “I’m just relaying the message, Calvin did all the hard work,” muralist Caruso said. “I also want people to start looking up to his personality more in the realm of leadership. Like, it’s not all just about being flashy and making huge promises you can’t deliver and being selfish. We should really vote for people who are more along the lines of Calvin.” azcentral.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Gift ideas at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

Looking for some unique gift ideas? Historical League President-Elect Claire Nullmeyer found them at AZHC. Reading stories to grandchildren while they snuggle a stuffed animal is so rewarding! Tastes & Treasures II is also available in the gift shop or www.HistoricalLeague.org

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Arizona Recollections and Reflections at AZ History Convention 2021

Was it really 9 years ago we were talking about Arizona's Centennial at the AZ History Convention? April 22-24 is the date for this years Convention (via Zoom). .www.arizonahistory.org Arizona Recollections and Reflections is filled with history of Arizona, available at www.HistoricalLeague.org/aspx.shop

Friday, April 9, 2021

40th Anniversary Fundraiser updates at April meeting

Very exciting news as President-Elect Claire Nullmeyer reports at the April meeting that $74,645 has been raised for "The Future of History Fund". It was established in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Historical League and will underwrite key projects that fulfill the League’s mission. Members and friends of the Historical League are contributing, starting at the $250 level, to reach a goal of $100,000. The first year’s projects include: 1. An update of the Historymakers Hall exhibit 2. Support for Arizona teachers and students to develop National History Day projects 3. Outreach dollars for the Arizona Heritage Center to reach new audiences “History gives us hope for the future.” ---Linda Whitaker, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Historical League and President of the Board, Arizona Historical Society

Saturday, April 3, 2021

National History Day AZ wrapped up

And that’s a wrap on NHDAZ 2021! Despite a challenging year, Arizona’s students had an impressive showing, as always! Students tackled this year’s theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, with gusto, choosing diverse topics that covered World War II, racism and racial violence in the United States, women’s political and civil engagement, ancient languages, environmental issues, and so many more.
Students promoted to the NHD National Contest will compete virtually in June against thousands of other students from across the country and world! Thank you to our National History Day Arizona sponsors and supporters that help make this program possible: Albertsons, Arizona Humanities, The Foothills Club of Tucson, Historical League, Inc., Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society, SRP, and Smart & Final. An extra big thank you to the dozens of judges who spent hours reviewing every project and helping students grow and improve from regionals to state and onto nationals. NHDAZ would not work without you! Interested in learning more or participating in NHDAZ? Planning for the 2022 Contest is already underway! Contact NHDAZ Coordinator Jaynie Adams for more information about how you, your student, or your school can get involved! Read more about the NHDAZ contest winners and special awards. NHDAZ 2021 By the Numbers: Regional contest participation: 217 students, 157 projects across 4 contests State contest participation: 123 students, 89 entries State contest winners: 80 students, 54 entries Promoted to the national contest: 56 students, 34 entries Special award winners: 13 Teacher Awards: