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

Walk Through History

February 23, 20198:00 am


Walk Through History in Downtown Tempe





Walk Through History on Saturday, February 23 as part of the Hayden's Ferry Days series of events! Tickets are still available on Eventbrite or pay at the door. Enjoy breakfast at Hackett House (95 W 4th Street, Tempe) at 8 a.m. then join a guide on a walk to see the interior and exterior features of iconic buildings in downtownTempe.


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Walk Through History in Downtown Tempe





Walk Through History on Saturday, February 23 as part of the Hayden's Ferry Days series of events! Tickets are still available on Eventbrite or pay at the door. Enjoy breakfast at Hackett House (95 W 4th Street, Tempe) at 8 a.m. then join a guide on a walk to see the interior and exterior features of iconic buildings in downtownTempe.


Hayden’s Ferry Days Festival

February 24, 20191:00 pm


Celebrate Tempe at this Free Festival!





Sunday, February 24 from 1 - 5 p.m. is the time for a fun festival celebrating the founding of Tempe! Located at Tempe History Museum (809 E Southern Ave), the event takes place inside and outside on the plaza. Enjoy live music, food samples, fun activities, and the sites and sounds of celebration. Tempe Historical Society is sharing ice cream for their 50th anniversary. There will be lots of hands-on projects for all ages (grown ups too). Get Poetry on the Spot, draw on an Art Car, do some print making, make a terrarium, get messy with clay and more!





Celebrate Tempe at this Free Festival!





Sunday, February 24 from 1 - 5 p.m. is the time for a fun festival celebrating the founding of Tempe! Located at Tempe History Museum (809 E Southern Ave), the event takes place inside and outside on the plaza. Enjoy live music, food samples, fun activities, and the sites and sounds of celebration. Tempe Historical Society is sharing ice cream for their 50th anniversary. There will be lots of hands-on projects for all ages (grown ups too). Get Poetry on the Spot, draw on an Art Car, do some print making, make a terrarium, get messy with clay and more!


















Historic House Tours

March 2, 201910:00 am


Visit Iconic Historic Houses during Hayden's Ferry Days





Have you wondered what some of Tempe's historic houses looked like from the inside? Saturday, March 2 from 10 - 2 p.m. is your chance to take self-guided, free tours of the Elias-Rodriguez Adobe House (927 E 8th Street), the 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Petersen House (1414 W Southern Ave), former bakery Hackett House (95 W 4th Street) and 1930s Pueblo Revival Eisendrath House (1400 N College Ave).










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Visit Iconic Historic Houses during Hayden's Ferry Days





Have you wondered what some of Tempe's historic houses looked like from the inside? Saturday, March 2 from 10 - 2 p.m. is your chance to take self-guided, free tours of the Elias-Rodriguez Adobe House (927 E 8th Street), the 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Petersen House (1414 W Southern Ave), former bakery Hackett House (95 W 4th Street) and 1930s Pueblo Revival Eisendrath House (1400 N College Ave).










Lunch Talks 2018-2019

March 13, 201911:30 am

Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks

The Tempe Historical Society’s lunchtime lecture series resumes this October. Topics this season range from American Indian storytelling, to piloting Air Force One, to building a journalism career. All lunch talks are free and include light refreshments and coffee. Talks start at 11:30 a.m. Click here for a full schedule. The season is sponsored by Friendship Village and presented by Tempe Historical Society. All talks are free and open to the public. Location: Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe. For more information call (480) 350-5100.

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Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks

The Tempe Historical Society’s lunchtime lecture series resumes this October. Topics this season range from American Indian storytelling, to piloting Air Force One, to building a journalism career. All lunch talks are free and include light refreshments and coffee. Talks start at 11:30 a.m. Click here for a full schedule. The season is sponsored by Friendship Village and presented by Tempe Historical Society. All talks are free and open to the public. Location: Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe. For more information call (480) 350-5100.