10 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 - Master storyteller of Phoenix Mexican Americans, Arizona water conservation planner
Michael M. Crow, Ph.D.  - Educator & innovator: ASU has achieved national renown under his leadership 
Angel Delgadillo - Father of the Mother Road, Historic U.S. Route 66
Dolan Ellis - State balladeer for more than 55 years & author of more than 300 songs about Arizona 
• Ira Fulton & The Fulton Family - Home builders & major educational philanthropists
Honorable Terry Goddard - Preservationist, public servant, activist for transparent government
Denise D. Resnik - Visionary leader brought compassion & significant change to treatment of autism
Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D. - Founder of TGen, revolutionizing use of each individual's genome to fight disease
Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D. - Renowned cancer researcher & developer of anti-cancer agents
Mrs. Elizabeth J. White - Restaurateur, inspiration for generations of African Americans

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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