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 Historical League mission is to support the Central Division of the Arizona Historical Society - known as the AZ Heritage Center - through fundraising, volunteerism and community involvement. Since its inception in 1979, the Historical League has contributed more than $1.4 million to the AZ 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 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.

Securing and allocating resources

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES have included Membership Open House, Historymakers™ Gala and Recognition Program, Holiday Fundraiser, Historical Tours, Spring Event, Annual Volunteers Recognition Luncheon and publishing books.

HISTORICAL LEAGUE BOOKS:

Tastes and Treasures II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona is a labor of love created by members of the Historical League, highlighting beloved 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 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.

You can help support this project with benefits and recognition on the Acknowledgment page. For details of benefits and mail in form click DONATION FORM. To donate online to the cookbook project click ONLINE DONATION.