Borderlands Theater and Los Descendientes de Tucson receive new landlords in Rio Nuevo at historic adobe

February 2, 2023 Borderlands Theater and Los Descendientes de Tucson receive new landlords in Rio Nuevo at historic adobe Tucson, AZ . On January 27, 2023, the Arizona Historical Society Board of Directors unanimously approved the sale of the Sosa-Carrillo House to Rio Nuevo. The historic, 1880s home on the Tucson Convention Center Campus is […]

Rebuilding Home Plate: AZ Heritage Center’s Newest Exhibit

Arizona Heritage Center’s Newest Exhibit Explores How Baseball Served and Saved the Japanese Americans Imprisoned in Arizona’s Incarceration Camps During World War II “Rebuilding Home Plate – Baseball in Arizona’s Japanese American Incarceration Camps” opens  January 26 at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe, Arizona   “Rebuilding Home Plate – Baseball in Arizona’s Japanese American […]

The Unnamed Student and Power of a Quilt

With tears in his eyes, a student from a history class at the University of Arizona toured Los Desconocidos: The Migrant Quilt Project, the newest exhibit at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. Covering more than 20 years of the history and stories of those who made the perilous journey through the Southern Arizona deserts, this […]

The National History Day 2022 Contest Results Are…

A National History Day season for the history books! Arizona students stayed committed to their NHD projects despite facing an ever-changing NHD landscape! The theme for 2022 was Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences.  Congratulations to the 43 students from Arizona representing 28 entries that were promoted to the national contest. They […]

The Arizona Historical Society, in partnership with Marked By COVID and the Covid Memorial Quilt, announces the 2022 Marked by COVID Memorial Event on March 7, 2022.

The COVID death toll in the United States has climbed to more than 900,000 lives lost. In Arizona alone, we have lost over 27,000 lives. Each death leaves behind family and friends who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Public memorials are a way for grieving families to come together to share their stories […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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