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Dr. David Breeckner Named Arizona Historical Society’s Executive Director

Arizona Historical Society Announces Dr. David Breeckner As the New Executive Director Dr. Breeckner Will Lead the State’s Oldest Historical Agency Starting December 2021 The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is proud to announce Dr. David Breeckner (pronounced “BrEHck-ner”) as the incoming Executive Director. With a passion for history and learning, Dr. Breeckner will start his […]

Arizona Historical Society Awards $38,000 in Grants to Local Historical Societies and Museums

Arizona Historical Society Invests in Arizona History $38,000 in Grants Awarded to 24 Local Historical Societies and Museums The Arizona Historical Society is proud to announce $38,000 in grant awards to 24 local historical societies and history museums. This annual grant program supports preserving, interpreting, and promoting Arizona history with Certified Historical Institutions across the […]

Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff Reopening on September 14

Arizona Historical Society Announces Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff Reopening on September 14  Enjoy New Exhibits and Three Acres of Fresh-Air Grounds The Arizona Historical Society is delighted to announce the reopening of Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff on Tuesday, September 14. Recognized by the inspiring 1929 Baldwin Locomotive at the entrance along Fort Valley Road, Pioneer Museum […]

Arizona Historical Society Receives Highest National Recognition

Arizona Historical Society Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Arizona History Museum […]

Arizona Historical Society Announces Search for New Executive Director

The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) announces the departure of Executive Director W. James Burns after three years with the agency. Burns will assume the role of Executive Director of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in the fall of 2021. Burns’ departure from AHS will be coordinated to ensure a smooth transition to new […]

And the winners are…. National History Day 2021 Contest Results

A new coordinator, new rules, a new rubric, and a virtual contest? This National History Day (NHD) cycle couldn’t have been more different if we’d planned it! Despite all that, Arizona students had a strong finish in the National History Day Contest this year. The theme for 2021 was Communication in History: The Key to […]

All Systems Go for New Space Exhibition at the Arizona History Museum

“Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space” opens May 20, 2021   Start the countdown! “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space” is coming to the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. This new exhibition investigates the impact that the people, landscape, and universities in Arizona have played in space exploration. “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place […]

Congratulations to National History Day Arizona Students

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 […]

Preserving the Past and Creating Our Shared Future… Watch Our New Video

Welcome to the Arizona Historical Society In the months before the pandemic hit, the Arizona Historical Society was creating a video project that showcased the power of Arizona history through our museums, programs, and exhibits at AHS properties across the state. As with many projects, events, and gatherings, we put the video on hold until […]

Preserving The Migrant Quilt Project

The Arizona Historical Society is honored to announce the receipt of the Migrant Quilt Project into its collections. Founded in Tucson in the mid-2000s, The Migrant Quilt Project memorializes the stories of migrants who have died seeking refuge in the United States. It is a collaborative effort between artists, quiltmakers, and activists to document the […]

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