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

AAAC Book Club

November 20, 20186:00 pm
480-350-5100

Join the AAAC and Ahmad Daniels for an engaging discussion of the first 50 pages. The first session of the AAAC Book Club will begin September 18 and continue to meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Tempe History Museum (809 E Southern Ave). Discussions of the book will be facilitated by Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed., Chairperson of the AAAC Community Chats program. The book club and discussions are free and open to the public.

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Tree of Lights Reception

December 2, 20182:00 pm

Join the members of the Tempe Historical Society for the annual Larry Campbell Tree of Lights Reception. This festive gathering is a chance to view the trees on display which honor loved ones and veterans, listen to live holiday music and enjoy refreshments. The event takes place the first Sunday of December from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum.

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Lunch Talks 2018-2019

December 12, 201811:30 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.

AAAC Book Club

December 18, 20186:00 pm
480-350-5100

Join the AAAC and Ahmad Daniels for an engaging discussion of the first 50 pages. The first session of the AAAC Book Club will begin September 18 and continue to meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Tempe History Museum (809 E Southern Ave). Discussions of the book will be facilitated by Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed., Chairperson of the AAAC Community Chats program. The book club and discussions are free and open to the public.

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