Saturday, February 24, 2024

Ed Mell 2008 Historymaker 1942-2024

 Ed Mell (1942-2024): a legend as an Arizona artist, and a very dear and humble man. Arizona landscapes have never looked more fabulous than in his paintings. He will be missed.

Honored as a 2008 Arizona Historymaker, Ed Mell's video, oral history and photos are available at

Friday, February 23, 2024

Tour of Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

 Thanks to Clede Gorrell and Mary McMahon for organizing this tour.

AZJHS appreciates the Historical League for visiting the Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey through the Holocaust. These wonderful ladies were provided a great presentation by Second Generation survivor, Dr. Ettie Zilber!

Ettie Zilber
It was a pleasure to address the Arizona Historical League. From among my 6 different presentations, they chose to learn about the impact of the Holocaust on the second generation. There were many questions and comments. I was thrilled to hear this one-word comment- "Spellbinding," Wow!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Vern Swaback 2019 Arizona Historymaker photographed by Paul Markow

 Another AZ Historymaker photo by professional photographer Paul Markow. This one features Vern Swaback, honored in 2019 as Historymaker. Paul remembers Vern took out his trumpet and Blaze marched right over to Vern.

Dwight W. "Pat" Patterson, 1993 AZ Historymaker and Father of Arizona Baseball Spring Training

 Spring Baseball Training in Arizona kicks off February 22. Thanks to Dwight W. "Pat" Patterson (1912-1999) Rancher and "Father" of Arizona Baseball Spring Training. Honored as an AZ Historymaker in 1993. For all his efforts to get baseball to Arizona, we are grateful.

There are 10 Cactus League stadiums in Arizona: American Family Fields of Phoenix, Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Goodyear Ballpark, Hohokam Park, Peoria Sports Complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Sloan Park, Scottsdale Stadium, Surprise Stadium and Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Vintage photographs from Paul Markow, February guest speaker

Forward thinking with his marketing, home builder John F. Long hired actor Ronald Reagan for promotional advertising in the 1950's.

February guest speaker and professional photographer Paul Markow documented early Phoenix including these pictures of John F. Long.

Realizing that VA loans for returning WWII vets didn't cover essentials (ex. refrigerators and stoves), Long lobbied Congress to change that. He hired popular actress Jane Russell to showcase a kitchen featuring included appliances. The Historical League honored John F. Long in 2001 as AZ Historymaker.

Paul Markow shows photo of Ronald Reagan with John F. Long

John F. Long promoting his new home kitchen appliances with Jane Russell

How would you like to be remembered as the diapered man ushering in 1947 on New Years Eve? As guest speaker at our February meeting, photographer Paul Markow has given us some great memories with these pictures.

Celebrating Black History month with historic picture from professional photographer Paul Markow.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day with Tastes & Treasures II

 Valentine's Day dinner? flowers? candy? If you can't get reservations or have run out of ideas . . . Give the gift of history and cooking and storytelling with Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Paul Markow Professional Photographer guest speaker February 2024

 Insightful visions of 1950-1970 Phoenix were presented by professional photographer Paul Markow at our February Historical League meeting. He was there to capture so many faces and times. With his dry wit, his commentary on each photo made you feel like you were part of the moment.

Staying for lunch after his presentation, Paul visited with League members and turns out he knew some of them and their families.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

National History Day AZ judging info from Dr. Kristen Rex

 With Dr. Kristen Rex reporting on National History Day AZ at our February Historical League meeting, we know the program is in good shape. Judging will start Saturday, February 24 with the option of using your laptop or notes, thanks to Stacey Trepanier and Kristen Rex.

In order to be qualified to judge, please email and let us know you’re interested in volunteering. We will send some paperwork that must be completed before you register on zFairs.

Friday, February 9, 2024

February League meeting filled with information

 Monthly meetings are busy with reports from committee chairs. Thanks to Lindy Isacksen, AHS Vince Bradley, Joclyn Clark, Pat Faur and Pat Grogg introducing guest and Diana Smith for keeping us informed of Historical League events. Thanks to Cathy Shumard for updating with event details.

AHS Vince Bradley

Pat Faur introduces her guest Ardon Tunell with Pat Grogg on mic

Joclyn Clark

Lindy Isacksen

Diana Smith on mic with Nancy Evans, Davie Garrison

Thursday, February 8, 2024

NHD Students visit with Carey Pena

 Norma Jean Coulter from Historical League writes, "National History Day AZ Students talk about their projects with Carey Pena of Center for Positive Media. The Historical League is grateful to Carey for taking time to encourage these students.

We are grateful too for League volunteers Cathy and Tom Shumard, NHD liasons and NHD teacher extraordinaire Stacey Trepanier who also attended and continue to work with NHD students.

Monday, February 5, 2024

NHD student interviews 2023 AZ Historymaker Angel Delgadillo

 Angel Delgadillo is a wealth of information on AZ Route 66 history, Stacey Trepanier is our National History Day teacher extraordinaire so Brad must have had his BEST interview ever!!