Saturday, November 19, 2022

1992 Historymakers Gala Evening Production

Hidden for 30 years in the archives, it is fascinating to watch the dignitaries attending the 1992 Arizona Historymakers Gala. Held at the brand new AHS museum in Papago Park, the crowd was dressed in their finest. Kent Dana was MC for the evening.

Enjoy a walk down memory lane with the very first Gala honoring Philip Curtis, Barry Goldwater, Robert Goldwater Sr., J. Eugene Grigsby Jr, Bil Keane, Sandra Day O’Connor, Frank Snell, The Wallace & Ladmo Team: Vladimir Kwiatkowski, Pat McMahon, Bill Thompson.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Veteran and 2014 Historymaker Marshall Trimble

 Well-deserved tribute in Scottsdale to Marshall Trimble, AZ official state historian and honored as Historymaker in 2014.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Desert Belle Tour stories and photos

 Ever get hit by a surprise cold shower on a boat? With the rain and fog from the night before, the Desert Belle awning was filled with water. Before boarding most of it was splashed overboard but there was just enough to soak Mariamne Moore and Scott as the boat turned in the water. Pat Christopherson was caught in the drenching. Squeals and laughter erupted. Captain John rushed over with towels and apologies.

It was enough to drive Sue Eberle, guest Vikki Kortsen and Claire Nullmeyer to drink Margaritas!

Kayakers, fishermen, water skiers, birders, photographers . . . what else will you see on Saguaro Lake in November? Fabulous scenery, towering cliffs and all sorts of vegetation including Sahuaro, Prickly Pear, Barrel, Crested Sahuaro, Ocotillo, Palo Verde and more. With twenty seven attending the tour, it was a day to embrace the beauty of Arizona as we re-connected with friends (with no business meeting involved).

Sue Eberle

Bonnie Newhoff

Crested Sahuaro

Susan Dale and Ruth McLeod

Pat Grogg and Anne Lupica

Julie Moore and Anne Lupica

Shiprock restaurant is at the top of the stairs with a beautiful view of Sahuaro Lake & the marina. Lunch was in a large room for the 27 of us. Delicious sandwiches & salads were served.

 Thanks to tour organizer Lynn Wood who has been planning this trip since May!
Dr. Barbara Chechanowicz and Laurie-Sue Rhetts

Zona Lorig, Ruth McLeod, Mary McMahon, Linda Fritsch

Dr Barbara Cechanowicz

Sue Eberle

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Desert Belle on Sahuaro Lake tour


Do you remember, before all the development, when Phoenix and surrounding areas were mostly desert? A trip to Sahuaro Lake will bring it all back. Thanks to Lynn Wood for organizing a very successful scenic trip Thursday on the Desert Belle at Sahuaro Lake.

As he piloted the boat, Captain John gave a well-educated talk sprinkled with humor remarking, “When I learned The Historical League was touring today, I made sure all my facts and stories were accurate.” True words as two of the most knowledgeable history members, Zona Lorig and Norma Jean Coulter, were sitting up front!

Zona Lorig, Norma Jean Coulter with her granddaughter

Enjoying the view before boarding, Ruth McLeod, tour organizer Lynn Wood,
Sandy Loeffler, Mike Wood, Pat Christopherson

Not a bad seat in the house as we toured Saguaro Lake on the Desert Belle. With 27 League members on board there was a lot of conversation and laughter as we soaked in the beauty of nature. The rock walls towered over the calm lake. A big horn sheep was sighted and we searched the sky for eagles but none on this day
Tour organizer Lynn and Mike Wood with Bonnie Newhoff, Zona Lorig and
Norma Jean Coulter & granddaughter in row behind them

Pat Christopherson and Sandy Loeffler

Sue Eberle

Julie Moore, President Chris Hacket, Sharron McKinney

Mariamne Moore and Scott

Bonnie Newhoff pointed out the Four Peaks that she has climbed many times, shrouded in clouds today.

Nothing like wiping out while waterskiing in front of an audience. In this case a crowded cruise boat filled with Historical League members on Saguaro Lake. Notice he was not wearing a wet suit on a chilly day in November. But he got a round of applause and thumbs up.

The Upper Salt River ends here with the dam creating the Lower Salt. There is always something to learn on Historical League tours.

Susan Dale

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Guest speaker Dr. John Mack at November meeting

Imagine you are a nun in 1886 and are called to “civilize” the Yuma Indians. Guest speaker at the November meeting, Dr.John Mack told the fascinating story of a nun who left a comfortable position as a school principal in San Diego. She was sent on a mission to teach the ‘pagan’ Quechuan tribe near Yuma.
League member Katie Tovar said, "Mother Ambrosia of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet became the only female Superintendent of Schools in the 19th century in the USA. Unlike almost all other missionaries, these Sisters learned the Quechuan language and taught the students in their native tongue. The chief, Pascual, became an ally of Mother Ambrosia and was baptized one week before his death. His funeral was attended by the Sisters. Dr. Mack’s paper was entitled Inside and Out: the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Education of Native Children in Yuma.”

President Chris Hackett introduced our informative speaker Dr. John Mack who gave a very educational and insightful talk.

Claire Nullmeyer and Anne Lupica entertained us wearing tiaras as they encouraged us to pre-purchase raffle tickets for Cinderella at Phoenix Theatre Dec. 11.

Norma Jean Coulter chats with Dr. Mack during lunch. Cathy Shumard and Dr. Josephine Pete visit.

Lindy Isacksen and Cathy Shumard

Mary Pat Honey and Dr. John Mack

Pat Christopherson and Pam Betz

Dr. Josephine Pete

Dr. Kristen Rex, AHS Dept of Education

Fall table decoration
Covid 19 Memorial quilt in lobby of AZ Heritage Center