Saturday, April 29, 2023

Historymaker Videos now on AHS YouTube

 Exciting to see Historymaker videos now on AHS YouTube

Great way to share the stories of Arizonans who have contributed so much to the state. Website Chair Cathy Shumard has been working with AHS Marianna Touloumes to make this happen. 69 videos so far. All these videos are linked to

More videos on Arizona Historical League YouTube.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Dr. Morrison Warren 1997 Historymaker on Valley 101 Podcast

When Kaely Monahan of Valley 101/AZ Central needed research to do a podcast of 1997 Historymaker Dr. Morrison Warren, she reached out to the Historical League. Cathy Shumard, our website chair, provided her with photos, video, oral history and people to contact. Dr. Warren's, son Kevin Warren (Chicago Bears President and CEO) joined Kaely to create this insight into early Phoenix City Council and growing up with Dr. Warren as a role model.

Learning about all the amazing things that Arizona Historymakers have done is part of the excitement of the Historymakers Program. 

Valley 101: This week, we’re looking back at Morrison Warren, the first Black man to ever sit on the Phoenix City Council: a man shaped by World War II, sports and committed to education.

After listening to the podcast, Cathy Shumard wrote Kaely commenting, "You are a master podcaster! I loved the way you wove together the voices of father and son with your own interview questions and the background music. 
I never met Kevin and Morrison Warren, but now I know their voices, thanks to you. The bridge building messages are so powerful!"  

Special thanks to the Arizona Historical Society for providing the interview with Dr. Morrison Warren. The video is directed and written by Chris Wooley. The director of photography is Wayne Dickmann. Pat McMahon narrated. It was produced by the Historical League and made possible by a financial grant from Dr. Edward Diethrich.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

National History Day AZ State Competition at ASU

Volunteering for NHDAZ state competition was fun and inspiring. The League is proud to support National History Day AZ students and teachers with funding as well as volunteering. 158 excited students competed!

Presentation for NHDAZ were educational, well researched and varied. Kudos to all the students participating in State Competition. Dr. Kristen Rex is a driving force for National History Day AZ.

Chris Hackett, Claire Nullmeyer and AHS Kaydia Forgia at registration

The Babbitt Family Award was presented at NHDAZ by Ollie Babbitt and his daughter, Shari Nelson. Dr. Kristen Rex (VP Education at AHS) was delighted to meet him. A WWII veteran who served in Iwo Jima, he will turn 100 this year!

The audience gave Ollie Babbitt a beautiful standing ovation.

Ollie Babbitt and his daughter, Shari Nelson present Babbitt Family Award

Claire Nullmeyer and Chris Hackett help students register

Sunday, April 16, 2023

NHDAZ students share insight into the program

 The Historical League is pleased to sponsor National History Day AZ.

Friday, April 14, 2023

3rd Grade Arizona Postcard Contest

The 3rd grade Arizona postcard contest has been very successful, thanks to Dr. Kristen Rex who spoke at our April meeting. Students were asked to create a postcard to show what they had learned about Arizona (5C's, 22 tribes, History, Geography from prehistoric times to now). Over 700 students participated and 6 were selected from around the state. Dr. Rex has been organizing the program and celebrating the winners. Each student  received an award and pizza party for their class hosted by the Arizona Historical Society with donations from The Historical League and Schneider Electric.

Winners include: Garrett W. Twin Peaks K-8 Marana, AZ

Naomi F. Harvest Preparatory Academy San Luis, AZ 

Charlotte S. Duncan Elementary Duncan, AZ

Brylie A. Thatcher Elementary Thatcher, AZ 

Aarna D. CTA Independence Chandler, AZ 

Joanna M. Lineweaver Elementary Tucson, AZ


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Dr. Kristen Rex gives update on NHD in AZ

 Guess how many NHDAZ students are going to the state contest at ASU on April 15? 152!! Very exciting time for those students. Dr. Kristen Rex gave the report at our April League meeting. The Historical League is proud to support NHDAZ.

Want to be a judge? you can do that online or in person. The Theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Planning Session at April 3, 2023 meeting

Forward thinking and organized, Pat Grogg has helped the Historical League move into the 21st Century. Our 40-year old non-profit organization has new potentials for growth as we saw  at our April 3 meeting. We are grateful for Pat’s skills and dedication to Arizona history. Thanks also to Zona Lorig, Chris Hackett, Anne Lupica, Norma Jean Coulter, Claire Nullmeyer working on Pat’s committee for the Planning Session.

Volunteering for the Historical League is more than fun, friends, food . . . but that is also included. Meetings on Mondays are a great time to socialize and plan the future such as helping National History Day AZ, working on the 2023 AZ Historymakers Program, designating funds for intern programs and Planning Sessions for committees among other agenda items. A lot gets accomplished!

New Members were invited by Cathy Shumard to be involved in the website, General business was conducted by President Chris Hackett, Correspondence was discussed by Bonnie Newhoff during the April business meeting.

Updates on exhibits at AZ Heritage Center were given in Debbie McKinion's report at the meeting. The inspirational COVID exhibit has moved on to Creighton University. Detailed information about all exhibits at