9 New Arizona Historymakers Announced in 2023

Honoring Arizona citizens since 1992 for significant and lasting contributions to the state, the Historical League has named its 2023 Arizona Historymakers™, who will be celebrated in October. They are:
Frank M. Barrios - Water conservation policy maker; master storyteller focused on the contributions of Mexican American communities in Phoenix
Michael M. Crow, Ph.D.  - Educator and innovator: under his leadership as president, Arizona State University achieved national renown 
Angel Delgadillo - "The Father of the Mother Road" - advocate for the preservation of Historic U.S. Route 66
Dolan Ellis - Arizona's Official State Balladeer since 1966; composer of over 300 songs about Arizona 
Honorable Terry Goddard - Historic preservationist, public servant,  and activist for transparent government
Denise D. Resnik - Visionary leader brought compassion and significant change to the treatment of autism
Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D. - Founding President and Research Director of TGen; revolutionized use of each individual's genome to fight disease
Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D. - Founding Physician-in-Chief of TGen; renowned cancer researcher and developer of anti-cancer agents
Mrs. Elizabeth J. White - Entrepreneur and beloved restaurateur; for more than 60 years continues to inspire generations to live by "The Golden Rule"

To read 2023 Historymakers Bios: Click here.

To donate to or help sponsor the 2023 Historymakers Celebration: Click here.


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Arizona Historymakers™  Turquoise & Treasures Celebration October 14, 2023

• Honors extraordinary Arizonans who are creating Arizona's history 

Displays honorees' achievements at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Archives each Historymaker's oral history in the Arizona Heritage Center Library and on www.historicalleague.org 

Supports teachers and students participating in National History Day in Arizona and at national competitions

Raises awareness and funds to support programs for education, community events, and exhibits for the Arizona Heritage Center

Download Sponsor Information for the October Arizona Historymakers Turquoise & Treasures Celebration.



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If you are someone who loves Arizona and its history, joining the Historical League may be right for you. Our organization is very social in nature, and we feature lectures from historical experts at our monthly meetings held the first Monday of each month except for July and August. In addition, our members travel to historic sites and museums all over the state, as well as out-of-state trips to locations of historic importance.  To join the Historical League, click on this link: JOIN


The Arizona Historical Society is Arizona's oldest cultural organization, founded by the Arizona territorial legislature in 1864. The Historical Society is responsible for preserving Arizona's rich and dynamic history, both for present and future generations. The centerpiece of the Society in Central Arizona is the Arizona Heritage Center in Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85288. This magnificent tribute to Arizona history is a Smithsonian affiliate. The mission of the Historical League is to support the Arizona Heritage Center in Papago Park.

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