Today is Día de San Juan, or the Feast of St. John the Baptist. In addition to being an important feast day for Catholics, Día de San Juan also marks the beginning of monsoon season. There are a few possible origin stories for the connection between St. John and the monsoons: one suggests that Francisco […]
On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas and brought word that the Civil War had ended and enslaved persons were free. The newly freed men and women celebrated, left the plantations, and sought their long-lost family members. Juneteenth, the name derived from the month and date, […]
Important Update: June 30, 2020 As of June 30, 2020, the Arizona Historical Society has temporarily closed the Arizona History Museum and Arizona Heritage Center. Please read the latest news posted on June 30. — June 5, 2020 The Arizona Historical Society is excited to welcome you back into our museums. For more than 150 […]
Across Arizona and the country, Americans are expressing their anguish and anger over the death of George Floyd, and the senseless loss of other Black American lives. Understanding history matters more than ever in times like these. It helps us understand and contextualize current events. History can also teach us to be more empathetic. As […]
Greetings Members & Friends of Arizona History, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well. And I hope during this strange and unsettling time that you found comfort, and maybe even joy, in a few unexpected places. For me it’s been my garden. I’ve harvested more than 50 eggplants this spring […]
Cinco de Mayo is the annual commemoration of the victory of Mexican troops over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While the Battle of Puebla was a significant battle in the Mexican resistance to French colonization, it is not Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16. Cinco de Mayo is more […]
During this time when many schools have closed and access to libraries and archives is limited, The Journal of Arizona History is now free via Project MUSE until June 30, 2020. Enjoy free access to the 2018 and 2019 issues as well as the brand new Spring 2020 issue devoted to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential run. Learn […]
Do you have any virtual meetings scheduled? Looking to mix up your background? Check out a few backgrounds from the AHS Archives! Click on each image for full size to download to your computer. When in Zoom, click the arrow at the bottom left corner near the camera and select “Choose a Virtual Background.”
When the Arizona History Museum closed, Preparator Vannesa Fajardo and Statewide Collections Manager Trish Norman worked to clean and switch out artifacts in the Treasures Gallery. We can’t wait to show you some of the new objects on display!
Have you ever wondered how panels in an exhibit stay to the wall? Well, that’s where panel clips come in handy. These small pieces of plastic help keep exhibit panels secured to the wall. Designed by our Preparator, Mike Goodwin, these panel clips were made by using a 3D printer.