Our Mission


The Historical League is a dynamic organization dedicated to preserving Arizona's rich cultural heritage and promoting continued public awareness of the Arizona Historical Society, the state's oldest cultural institution. A 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit membership corporation, the mission of the Historical League is to support the Central Division of the Arizona Historical Society - known as the Arizona Heritage Center - through fundraising, contributing the services of its members, and conducting educational and promotional activities. Since its inception in 1979-1980, the Historical League has contributed more than $1.4 million to the Arizona Heritage Center. Also, its members have volunteered more than 108,000 hours to the League and the museum. Interesting and engaging speakers share information about a variety of Arizona topics at most monthly luncheon meetings from September through June. Historical League tours are designed to provide opportunities for members to visit historical buildings or sites, and are both educational and fun.


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.