The Historical League is a dynamic organization dedicated to preserving Arizona’s rich cultural heritage and promoting continued public awareness of the Arizona Historical Society, the state’s oldest cultural institution. A 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit membership corporation, the Historical League mission is to support the Central Division of the Arizona Historical Society – known as the AZ Heritage Center – through fundraising, volunteerism and community involvement. Since its inception in 1979, the Historical League has contributed more than $1.4 million to the AZ Heritage Center. Also, its members have volunteered more than 108,000 hours to the League and the museum.

Interesting and engaging speakers share information about a variety of Arizona topics at monthly luncheon meetings from September through June. Historical League tours are designed to provide opportunities for members to visit historical buildings or sites, and are both educational and fun.

The Historymakers™ Gala and Recognition Program honors outstanding Arizonans who have distinguished themselves with noted achievements in diverse areas. The program began in 1992 and since then, 75 individuals have been named Historymakers. The Historymakers Gala, a fundraiser unique to the Historical League, supports grants to the AZ Heritage Center, and the Library and Archives Division, also located at the museum facilities. Through the Recognition Program, Historymakers biographies, oral histories, portraits, personal photos and memorabilia are collected. These fascinating life stories are an important part of the museum archives and exhibits in both the lobby and Historymakers Hall. Find Historymakers information online at

The next Historymakers™ Gala will be held in March 2019. For more information, contact the Historymakers Gala Chair, Deb Hester, at [email protected].

The Historical League has published two cookbooks. Currently available for purchase is Tastes & Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook, sold more than 19,000 copies, and is still for sale. The newest cookbook, Tastes and Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook, Vol. II, contains more delicious recipes from historic and iconic Arizona restaurants, and spectacular color photography.
Five newsletters, Old Ned’s News, are published annually with information about the organization and its many activities.

Visit to learn about current events, read Old Ned’s News, see Historymakers portraits and biographies, and locate social media icons. For additional information, contact Anne Lupica, Historical League President, by email at [email protected]. The League maintains an office onsite at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281.

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