Juneteenth, A Celebration of Freedom

June 19, 2020

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 News about Museums Reopening

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 […]

A Message from the Arizona Historical Society

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 […]

What are your thoughts about reopening?

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 […]

What’s the Deal With Cinco de Mayo?

May 01, 2020

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 […]

FREE Online Access to The Journal of Arizona History via Project MUSE

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 […]

Zoom Backgrounds from History!

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.”  

A Dive Into The Treasure Trove

April 08, 2020

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!

Making Things Behind the Scenes

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.

Explore the Arizona History Digital Hub

Experience Arizona History like never before. Journey into Arizona’s rich and vibrant past with online resources, highlights from the collections, and additional digital content. Connect with us on social media and explore resources for you, your family, and students. History is happening every day, and now, more than ever, is vital to our lives. Visit […]

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