Membership is open to anyone interested in preserving our local community history. We have different categories of members – join us!

What Will Your Membership In Tempe Historical Society Do?

As a member or donor to Tempe Historical Society, you will be helping support the preservation of Tempe’s history and Tempe History Museum which the Society founded more than 40 years ago. Among the many ways we support the museum is in hosting opening receptions for exhibits and providing an enriching experience for children to sponsoring performances and programs so they can be offered free to the public. The Society supports the museum’s Oral History program and Veterans History projects with the annual “Tree of Lights” project. Our support helps fund acquisitions and special needs at the museum or the historic sites it oversees – most notably Tempe’s popular Petersen House Museum.

In addition to the support of the museum, The Historical Society presents its own free-to-the-public Lunch Talks series at the Museum, featuring speakers on Tempe and Arizona history-related topics which have run the gamut from the horrors of medical practices in Arizona Territorial days to political reminiscences of Tempe’s first publicly-elected mayor.

Membership dues also help with printing of the Society’s quarterly newsletter for its members about things past and present and sometimes future in Tempe history.

In the spring, the Society and its partners will celebrate Tempe’s history with an annual community event: Hayden’s Ferry Days, an event similar to the 1970-1971 Tempe Centennial Celebration. Both Tempe Historical Society and the Tempe History Museum came into being because of that year-long, community-wide celebration.

Membership Levels

Membership supports the work of preserving and sharing our collective memory with the community. Membership has benefits depending on the level you select. All levels receive the Society Newsletter, 10% discount in the museum store, and special invitations to events. Higher levels receive additional gifts such as artist-rendered note cards of historic properties, books on Tempe history or limited edition prints.  The most important gift is your support of our community’s unique history and heritage.  To join, simply complete the form and send it or bring it to Tempe History Museum with your payment. The membership year begins the date you enroll.

Join Tempe Historical Society

THS Membership Form (PDF, 180 KB). Please print and send with payment for annual membership dues.

  • Contributing  –  $25
  • Couple –  $45
  • Family – $75
  • Patron  –  $100
  • Benefactor  –  $250
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