Our Mission

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020, the Historical League, Inc. is dedicated to preserving Arizona’s rich cultural heritage and promoting public awareness of the Arizona Heritage Center, an Arizona Historical Society museum. The Historical League, an Arizona 501(c)(3)/509(a)(2) nonprofit membership organization, conducts several fund-raising activities, including publishing two award-winning storytelling cookbooks, Tastes & Treasures I and II. Members also volunteer their time and efforts for educational and promotional activities. Since 1979 the Historical League has contributed more than $2 million dollars to the Arizona Heritage Center and League members have volunteered over 170,000 hours to the League and museum. At monthly meetings from September through June, stimulating, thought-provoking speakers inform members about a wide variety of topics on Arizona’s history including intriguing inividuals and historic preservation. League members also enjoy tours to historic places, both locally and in other southwestern states.


FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES have included the Historymakers™ Gala and Recognition Program, Family Holiday Party at the Phoenix Theatre, Historical Tours, Annual Volunteers Recognition Luncheon, and publishing books.


TASTES & TREASURES II: A STORYTELLING COOKBOOK OF HISTORIC ARIZONA is a labor of love created by members of the Historical League, highlighting beloved Arizona food enterprises and buildings 50 years or older, and sharing recipes which many of us have enjoyed while traveling around Arizona.

Chefs from all over the state have generously shared cherished, classic, and creative recipes, which have been thoroughly tested by League members on the cookbook committee. Recipes have been adapted to include a wide variety for the novice cook, as well as for the accomplished gourmet.

Recognizing our Historymakers, we have a section of recipes, biographies and food memories from some very influential Arizonans, while the Cherished Legacies section features tributes to special people in our lives.

This is more than a cookbook; it’s a tour of wonderful buildings that house restaurants and hotels in surroundings with stories baked into the walls. Besides a cookbook, it’s a travelogue and treasure trove of Arizona stories. You can stroll through these historic establishments via photographs and descriptions.