What Part Of Tempe History Do You Belong To?

Are you a member of a family whose Tempe roots go back as far as the community’s beginnings in the 1870s – or earlier? There were, after all, quite a few families around here even before the area became part of a new Territorial addition to the United States of America. One could say you “inherited” Tempe history – and have helped build upon it, generation after generation after generation.

Perhaps you part of that intrepid group of “newcomers” who began swarming into Tempe in the post-World War II era of the 1950s (some of you may have used the G.I. Bill to attend Arizona State College). Your generation started an overwhelming population growth that tripled the town’s population in a decade, then more than double it again over the next 10 years.  Now you’ve been here long enough to not only consider yourself a Tempe oldtimer but to have added kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to the “native Tempe” mix. You have taken your place as a major part of a change in the course of Tempe history, from a small rural agricultural town to a manufacturing/big business/university city.

Then, again, maybe you are fairly new to Tempe – coming here from somewhere else within the new Millenium, but have already decided this is where you want to stay (and maybe raise another generation or two of Tempe natives!). You are adding the new “chapters” to Tempe’s history and we will wait to see what your contributions will bring to this city by the Salt River banks.

No matter which of the groups you belong to, Tempe Historical Society recognizes you as key to helping keep alive the essence of what your generations have added, and will continue to add, to the always-changing chapters of Tempe’s history. And you can help do that by something as simple becoming a Tempe Historical Society new or continuing member and becoming a partner in efforts to preserve, celebrate and educate present and future generations about Tempe’s amazing history and the people who made it.

Upcoming Events

Performance: Christmas with the SunPunchers

December 15, 2017
07:00 PM

PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM: Christmas with The SunPunchers

The SunPunchers are a group of merry musicians with a signature desert roots revival sound, with Lindsay Cates on bass, Dominic Armstrong on drums and Betsy Ganz on guitar and lead vocals. Their songs feature contemplative lyricism combined with a bedrock of stumbling rhythms and sliding textures. Visit Santa and his helpers outside and the arts and crafts and karaoke elves next door at the Edna Vihel Center. Free, fun and family friendly.

Historic House Holiday

December 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.

Azure Family Concert

December 16, 2017
03:00 PM

PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM: Azure Family Concert with Tetra String Quartet
'Tis the Season for Holiday Cheer!  Tetra welcomes guest guitarist Brendan Lake, as well as a special visitor from the North Pole. Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, Azure Concerts are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Azure concerts are approximately one hour in length. Family members and caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. Free tickets are available at www.tetraquartet.org

Historic House Holiday

December 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels and Susanna Petersen. The house will be festively decorated for the season and visitors may tour the two story Queen Anne Victorian to see the antique furnishing and learn its history. Enjoy refreshments on the grounds and create memories with your family during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona. Tours are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 480-350-5100 for details.