BACK Arizona Historical Society Awards $35,434 in Grants to 29 Arizona Organizations

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From left to right: Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum (Bisbee), Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum (Miami), Greenlee County Historical Society (Clifton)

Certified Historical Institutions Awarded Grants to Support Local History Projects

The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) awarded $35,434.69 in grants to 28 Arizona museums and organizations. This annual grant program supports preserving, interpreting, and promoting Arizona history with Certified Historical Institutions across the state.

This year’s grant awards include scanning equipment and software to digitize photographs at the Amerind Museum, website improvements for expanding online access at the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, collecting oral histories at the Mesa Historical Museum, and parts to restore a 1941 Fort GP at the Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation.

Arizona Historical Society Executive Director James Burns shared, “Congratulations to this year’s Certified Historical Institution grant recipients. AHS is dedicated to supporting historical organizations across the state through its grants program and has encouraged public awareness of Arizona history. The pandemic has greatly affected museums and historical societies, and these project funds help ensure that the important work these organizations do in their communities will continue.”

The Certified Historical Institutions (CHI) program is designed to support historical museums and organizations across the state of Arizona in their efforts to collect, preserve and share Arizona’s rich history. This program is open to brick-and-mortar facilities, and in 2020 was expanded to historical organizations that fulfill certain requirements related to the preservation and sharing of Arizona history. All CHIs must earn certification guided by standards and best practices established by the American Association for State and Local History and the American Alliance of Museums. 

Certified Historical Institution Grant Awards List

  • Amerind Museum –  $ 1,697.95 
  • Arizona Railway Museum –  $ 910
  • Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation –  $ 1,040 
  • Arizona Street Railway Museum DBA Phoenix Trolley Museum –  $ 909
  • Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum –  $ 1,640
  • Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum –  $ 1,954
  • Cave Creek Museum –  $ 1,340
  • Clemenceau Heritage Museum/Verde HS –  $ 1,000
  • Colorado River Historical Society –  $ 1,000
  • Fort Tuthill Military Museum –  $ 1,000
  • Gila County Historical Society –  $ 1,899
  • Greenlee County Historical Society –  $ 1,849.43 
  • HD South/ Gilbert Historical Museum –  $ 1,410
  • Litchfield Park Historical Society –  $ 2,000
  • Mesa Historical Society/Mesa Historical Museum –  $ 1,330
  • Museum of Indigenous People –  $ 1,050
  • Navajo County Historical Society –  $ 1,500
  • Pinal County Historical Society, Inc. –  $ 1,785
  • Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society, Inc. –  $ 500
  • Pleasant Valley Historical Society –  $ 1,000 
  • Postal History Foundation –  $ 1,200
  • Quartzsite Historical Society –  $ 400 
  • Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum –  $ 1,400
  • Scottsdale Historical Society & Museum –  $ 740
  • Sedona Historical Society/Sedona Heritage Museum –  $ 2,000
  • Show Low Historical Society –  $ 780.31 
  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum/ Old Pueblo Trolley Inc –  $ 600
  • Sun Cities Area Historical Society /Del Webb Sun Cities Museum –  $ 1,000
  • Superior Historical Society –  $ 1,000

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