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

PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM

December 11, 20207:00 pm


8-Bit Mammoth
A Video Invaders Exhibit Concert





Video games are an integral part of our culture. The Museum has invited 3 local musical groups to perform in conjunction with the current featured exhibit Video Invaders. The third in this series features 8-Bit Mammoth. For the game nerds out there, they bring funkalicious renditions of classic video game themes to the masses. 8-Bit Mammoth declares that they play a variety of nerdy music purely for their own inner-child's satisfaction. Free, fun and family-friendly~





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Exhibit Opening

January 5, 2021


Tempe 150: Personal Perspectives





2021 is Tempe’s 150th anniversary of the city’s pioneer founding in 1871. Tempe’s 150-year history is marked with numerous milestones that highlight the city’s unique story in terms of vibrancy, innovation, distinction and even controversy. We invited our community partners to help create a Community Room exhibit that captures what Tempe means for them. Our community partners described their perspectives on history - either personal or community milestones and events - in their own words. Each story is illustrated with photos from the museum’s collection.
*Exhibit runs through April 4, 2021*

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Tempe 150: Personal Perspectives





2021 is Tempe’s 150th anniversary of the city’s pioneer founding in 1871. Tempe’s 150-year history is marked with numerous milestones that highlight the city’s unique story in terms of vibrancy, innovation, distinction and even controversy. We invited our community partners to help create a Community Room exhibit that captures what Tempe means for them. Our community partners described their perspectives on history - either personal or community milestones and events - in their own words. Each story is illustrated with photos from the museum’s collection.
*Exhibit runs through April 4, 2021*
*The opening is tentative and is dependent on health guidelines related to COVID-19*


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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PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM

January 15, 20217:00 pm


Mariachi Pasion





Mariachi Pasion was formed in April 2002. The group itself started in a music class at Arizona State University. On a whim, eight girls thought it would be fun to play for a close relative… the rest is “herstory.” Mariachi Pasion has grown into a fifteen-member group with most musicians having worked their way through their education playing mariachi music. The group has educators, insurance agents, financial managers, health care professionals, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, IT professionals, accountants and engineers. The heart of Mariachi Pasion is the group chemistry and the common love and respect for mariachi music. As always, meet the band in a Q-n-A session after ...

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Stories

Women of the City Council

First appearing in The Tempe Republic on March 25, 2011 Writer: Jay Mark Today’s trivia quiz. How many women have served on the Tempe City Council since elections began in 1920? And for good measure, when was the glass ceiling broken? You might be surprised by the answers. As of 2011, of the 87 individuals who have stepped up to …

Tempe Teepees

An early 1960s postcard of the Wigwam Auto Court, later called the Wigwam Lodge located at Apache Boulevard and McAllister. Courtesy of Tempe History Museum. Tempe Teepees Writer: Jay Mark A Pyramid and teepees. Not many cities can boast having both architectural styles in their communities. Tempe can. Virtually every local resident is familiar with our “inverted pyramid” on 5th Street …