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AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park (Tempe)

 

AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
1300 North College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-929-0292

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Welcome to the AZ Heritage Center, home of the Centennial Museum,

Explore Arizona’s history with a tour of our Centennial Museum. Take a trip through time, from western frontier days to war times and the post war building boom. Learn how water makes life possible in the  desert, and discover the beauty and variety of Arizona’s vast natural resources. Marvel at the breathtaking desert vistas as you wander through our outdoor spaces.

Nestled against the base of beautiful Papago Park, the museum features exhibits spanning more than 100 years of Central Arizona history, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Arizona’s past and present!

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More Than A Museum

In addition to the Centennial Museum, the AZ Heritage Center is a cultural center where visitors can participate in a variety of educational and entertaining programming and events for adults and children. Guided and self-guided tours are available for school children and adult groups, and can be customized to meet your needs.

The AZ Heritage Center is also a beautiful and functional event venue, featuring a charming brick courtyard, majestic sandstone lobby, auditorium, theater, and multiple meeting spaces.

Located at the edge of Papago Park in Tempe, near the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road, our central location is convenient to the metropolitan Phoenix area.


HOURS:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays


Admission:

Adults $12.00;  Seniors 65+ $10.00; Ages 7 – 17  $8.00

Children 6 and under – Free;   AHS members, Military and Veterans – Free


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Come explore the amazing history of Arizona! We offer school tours Monday-Friday and guided and self-guided tours for groups of 10 or more people Monday-Saturday.

To reserve your tour, please fill out either the School Tour Request Form or the Group Tour Request Form.

 


EVENT CALENDAR

Date Time Description Cost
April 18 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Ranching Women: Past, Present and Future – Panel Discussion (100 Years, 100 Ranchers series)  Free; includes reception. RSVP required
April 21 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Ethnobotany: The Incredible Edible Desert –  with Alice Demetra          (Sonoran Silver series).    $5.00 public/ $4.00 AHS members and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation staff/members. RSVP Required Seating is limited
April 21  10:00 am – 12:00 noon Preserving Your Family Records Workshop (Library) $10.00 public/ $9.00 AHS members      RSVP to rtabah@azhs.gov  480-387-5356
April 26-April 28 see schedule Arizona History Convention at Double Tree by Hilton, Tempe See website
May 9 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort McDowell’s Colorful Characters: You Don’t See This Stuff in the Movies, presented by Leonard Marcisz (Sonoran Silver series) $5.00 public/ $4.00 AHS members and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Stewards/staff
May 15 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 100 Ranches, 100 Challenges Panel Discussion (100 Years, 100 Ranchers series) Free; includes reception. RSVP required

Now Open through Sept. 18, 2018

100 Years, 100 Ranchers Photography Exhibition by Scott Baxter

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs by renowned photographer Scott Baxter, illustrating 100 years of ranching in Arizona.The photographs provide an intimate look at ranching – the hardships, the relationship between rancher and animal, the isolation, and the beauty.  

“The ranching tradition in Arizona is enduring and important…My goal is to recognize the families that have struggled to survive and persevere in these difficult times.” – Scott Baxter

See events section for panel discussion series associated with this exhibit.


Open through March 31, 2018

Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona

“Footprints on the Desert” is an exhibit featuring notable Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in Arizona. Wright’s architectural designs reveal painstaking attention to detail, with an intense dedication to sustainability and beauty. 

The exhibit includes images and artifacts from Wright’s Taliesin West, David Wright House and Harold C. Price House, as well as other Wright designs – including some that were never built. Videos of the Mike Wallace interview of Wright in his later years reveals a man with strong convictions and a passion for his work. Another video features a tour of the Wright-designed Harold Price House. Footprints on the Desert was organized by the AZ Heritage Center in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and in conjunction with Wright’s 150th birthday year. We are grateful for the support of many donors, including: Title Sponsor: U-Haul. Other Sponsors: Institute of Museum and Library Services; Historical League; AZ Humanities.


COMING EVENTS AT THE AZ HERITAGE CENTER

 April 18
Ranching Women: Past, Present and Future – Panel
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ranching is a difficult life, regardless of your gender. In this panel discussion, women ranchers from across Arizona will discuss their shared – and unique – experiences as ranchers. Join us for a discussion of the past, present and future of Arizona ranching. Part of our 100 Years, 100 Ranchers series.

Panelists include: Lauren Scheller Maehling (moderator); Roxanne Knight; Wink Crigler; Anna Aja; Micaela McGibben.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Reception
6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Free. RSVP is required. azheritagecenter@azhs.gov, or 480-929-0292


April 21
Ethnobotany: The Incredible Edible Desert, presented by Alice Demetra.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The desert is a treasure trove of delicious and nutritious foods. Learn what plants are edible, when and how to harvest. Enjoy samples of desert delectables and take home recipes for delicious dishes at home!

Program is presented by Alice Demetra. Alice is an avid hiker, forager, and desert foods enthusiast.  As a hobby cook, she enjoys incorporating the bounty of native Sonoran Desert fruits, seeds, nuts, and flowers into everyday recipes. 
As a Legacy Steward with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, she has presented ethnobotany programs for elementary schools, libraries, clubs, and hike outings.  
Her Instagram account, @ajdemetra, is a photo recipe file of her foray into desert foods. 
Part of our Sonoran Silver series.

Cost: $5.00 Public; $4.00 AHS members and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Members and Staff.  Seating is limited.

RSVP is required to 480.929.0292, or email: azheritagecenter@azhs.gov . Please specify “Incredible Edible Desert”.


April 21
Preserving Your Family Records Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The records we keep about our family create a record of who we are and where we come from. Handed down through generations, these records may include letters, diaries, photographs and objects. During this workshop participants will explore resources and techniques for storing, organizing, handling and preserving family records.

Cost: $10.00 General Public / $9.00 AHS members

To register, contact Archivist Rebekah T. Percival, 480-387-5356; rtabah@azhs.gov.

Presented by Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives


April 26 – 28
Arizona History Convention
DoubleTree by Hilton, Tempe

Open to the public, the Arizona History Convention features a robust program of plenary and break out sessions on a variety of historical topics. Samples include the history of Jinx and Jayne Pyle; Todos Unidos: The Hispanic Experience in Flagstaff; Roberta Flake Clayton and the Influence of the Mormon Temple in Mesa;The Phoenix Stockyards: From Cattle to Commerce. Don’t miss the Al Merito Award presentation, Friday night reception at the Arizona Heritage Center, and optional tours to Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and Superstition Mountain Museum.

Register at www.arizonahistory.org


May 9
Fort McDowell’s Colorful Characters: You Don’t See This Stuff in the Movies, presented by Leonard Marcisz
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A quick tour of disobedient wives, strange children, insane clergy, exploding alcoholic beverages, devious officers, hired assassins, and more — but we can’t put some of this stuff in print without being arrested.

Part of our Sonoran Silver Series

Cost: $5.00 General Public / $4.00 AHS members and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy staff/Stewards

RSVP azheritagecenter@azhs.gov or 480-929-0292


May 15
100 Ranches, 100 Challenges
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ranching today is more complex than ever. How will technology and scientific research change the ranching experience?  How will such challenges as reintroduction of predators, climate change, death/inheritance taxes, and foreign competition affect ranching in the decades to come? Join us for a lively discussion.

Part of our 100 Years, 100 Ranchers series.

Panelists include: Bas Aja (moderator); Chuck Backus; Dwayne Dobson; Jim O’Haco; John Ladd; Steve Pierce

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Reception
6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Free. RSVP is required at azheritagecenter@azhs.gov, or 480-929-0292.


Opening March 8

100 Years, 100 Ranchers Photography Exhibition by Scott Baxter

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs by renowned photographer Scott Baxter, illustrating 100 years of ranching in Arizona.The exhibit features the photography of acclaimed photographer Scott Baxter, and is based on his Centennial book, 100 Years, 100 Ranchers. The photographs provide an intimate look at ranching – the hardships, the relationship between rancher and animal, the isolation, and the beauty.  

See events section for panel discussion series associated with this exhibit.


Historical League HistorymakersTM 2017 Exhibit 

The Historical League is proud to present the 2017 Historymakers Lobby Exhibit. The exhibit showcases memorabilia, photographs, and video clips  from the 2017 Historymakers: Ed Beauvais, America West founder; Wink Crigler, X Diamond Ranch owner; The Honorable Jon Kyl; The Papp Family, supporters of educational institutions, culture and the arts; Robert Spetzler, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon and retired Director of Barrow Neurological Institute; and Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix since 1997. 


Sonoran Silver Exhibit open Now through May 31, 2018

This exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. The McDowell Mountain Preserve in Scottsdale is the largest, and one of the most beautiful, urban preserves in the U.S. Learn the history of the Preserve and the Conservancy, and what the Conservancy does to preserve and share this incredible natural legacy.

 


Wedding and Corporate Event Facility Rentals

 

The AZ Heritage Center features a wide array of venue options for your next corporate event, wedding, or gala celebration.

 

 

♦ Romantic Brick Courtyard with water feature

♦ Majestic Sandstone Lobby with grand staircase

♦ Bright and airy Courtyard Pavilion

♦ Steele Auditorium (272 capacity)

♦ Brown Theater (50 capacity)

♦ Scenic Desert Terrace

♦ Expansive Orientation Point

View our online brochure.

Contact our Event Planning Department at 480-387-5367, email DMcKinion@azhs.gov or visit us on WeddingWire.com.