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 are part of that intrepid group of “newcomers” who began swarming into Tempe in the post-World War II era (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 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 Tempeans!). 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

THS Lunch Talk

October 14, 202011:30 am
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 350-5100


JAY MARK
"Tempe Lost & Found:
A Sesquicentennial Retrospective"


It’s been 150 years since Charles Trumbull Hayden began building a new life in a new community he helped found. Much has changed since then. Writer and historian Jay Mark looks back a century and a half at the city’s past in a special presentation. Jay has dug into archives at the Tempe History Museum and elsewhere to unearth scarce photos that tell Tempe’s story. Always a favorite, you don’t want to miss this lively and informative presentation.




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THS Lunch Talk

November 18, 202011:30 am
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 350-5100


MARK VINSON
"From Tee Pees to the House of the Future:
Midcentury Architecture of Tempe & the East Valley"


Due to explosive growth in the middle of the Twentieth Century, many new buildings of various styles were built in Tempe, as well as the entire East Valley Collectively known as "Midcentury Modern," these buildings formed the landscape in which many of us grew up, went to school, worked and recreated.  "From Tee Pees to the House of the Future" takes a look at many of these memorable structures which have become an important part of our sense of ...

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THS Lunch Talk

January 13, 202111:30 am
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 350-5100


DR. CHRISTINE WILKINSON
2020 Tempe Legend
"ASU as a New American Model University"

The evolution of ASU as it is today--- the charter, the goals, and the role it plays as Tempe’s university and for many in the audience, their alma mater.





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THS Lunch Talk

February 10, 202111:30 am
Tempe History Museum
809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 350-5100


DAN HARKINS
2020 Tempe Legend
"Reliving Tempe 1933-1993"
Stories, Memories, and Dreams From Yester-Year


Heir, at 21, of his father Red Harkins’ five theaters, Dan, already general manager, developed what today are 500 screens in Arizona and other states.  An industry trailblazer for innovation, digital sound, plush seating, and gourmet snack bars. Renovated Valley Art Theatre in downtown Tempe, the original Harkins theater. 





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