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 […]

Hispanic Heritage Month: 200 Years of Mexican Independence

Very early in the morning on September 16, 1810, the bells of the church in Dolores (now Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato) rang, gathering the congregation from their beds into the plaza. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave an impassioned speech, urging people to take up arms against the corrupt and morally reprehensible Spanish Crown. This is […]

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 […]

Are You Ready for Monsoon Season?

As summer temperatures heat up, Arizonans begin to anticipate our annual monsoon season. The summer monsoon season starts when the winds shift and produce a radical change in the state’s moisture starting around June 15. From afternoon Flagstaff showers to billowing dust storms near Casa Grande, every Arizonan has a monsoon story. Although this weather […]

Chinese History in Arizona: Highlights from the Journal of Arizona History

When you think about Chinese people in Arizona or the West, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the iconic Dragon Gate marking the entrance to San Francisco’s Chinatown. Maybe you recall something from an Arizona history class in high school about how the Chinese helped build the railroads. Or maybe it’s a glimpse of Chinese […]

The Japanese Flower Gardens of Phoenix

As early as 1905, Japanese immigrants moved to Arizona with the intent to farm the land. They first planned to establish a sugar beet farm; but this crop would fail to thrive in the heat, and many Japanese farmers left the state by 1915. Despite the difficulty, new farmers continued to arrive, including Kajuro Kishiyama […]

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