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The Arizona Historical Society Celebrates 157 Years of Theodore Roosevelt!

29 Oct

To honor the 157th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birth (October 27th), the Arizona Historical Society is celebrating by sharing some TR-related ephemera from its collections. Click on the images below to view a slideshow and learn more!

The Historical Society in Tucson has been involved in several Roosevelt-related endeavors recently, including a summer digitization project in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. The Roosevelt Center’s Digital Library collaborated with the AZHS Library and Archives to curate and digitize over 1,000 pages of materials from the John and Isabella Greenway collections. Decades of correspondence between the Roosevelt and Greenway families and other important historical documents are now publicly available on the Roosevelt Center’s Digital Library website. To learn more about the digitization efforts undertaken by the Theodore Roosevelt Center and to view these newly digitized documents from the Arizona Historical Society’s collections, please visit: Theodore Roosevelt Center

Additionally, on November 10th, the statewide exhibit Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor will be opening to the public at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. Exclusive to the exhibit in Tucson is a Roosevelt treasure that illustrates stunning connections between Theodore Roosevelt and the Medal of Honor. For more details about the Medal of Honor exhibit and opening reception, please visit these sites: Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor and Arizona History Museum.


Who wore it Wednesday?

3 Dec

Who wore it Wednesday!

Can you guess who wore this uniform?


*Clue — The photograph is from the Arizona History Museum in Tucson

Check our Facebook tomorrow for the Answer: www.facebook.com/arizonahistoricalsociety 

New Exhibits: Arizona Historical Society Celebrates 150 Years!

8 Sep

The Arizona Historical Society is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and there are some great pieces commemorating those one hundred and fifty years of collecting and preserving Arizona’s past on display at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. The Arizona 150 exhibit showcases some of the staff member’s favorite 150 items ever collected by AHS and includes works of art, clothing, photographs, and objects from Arizona’s rich history.

This brand certificate from the Burruel family papers (MS 1143) is featured in the AHS 150 exhibit and celebrates Arizona's ranching roots. If you'd like a copy of this image, please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

This brand certificate from the Burruel family papers (MS 1143) is featured in the AHS 150 exhibit and celebrates Arizona’s ranching roots. If you’d like a copy of this image, please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

The Library and Archives in Tucson has recently opened a new exhibit in the reading room with highlights from the Society’s 150-year history, including photographs of the first AHS buildings, founding members, and ephemera from a century and a half of celebrating Arizona’s history through events, exhibits, the Arizona History Convention, and many other unique traditions. Please come down and celebrate the Arizona Historical Society’s 150th birthday by checking out these great exhibits! 






Family History Month: A True Story of Finding Family in the Archives

28 Oct

As Family History Month in October 2013 closes out, another family history holiday begins: Dias De Los Muertos/Days of the Dead, November 1 and 2.  Family and friends gather to remember departed loved ones during this traditional holiday, with Aztec roots, from Mexico. Many American communities with Mexican American and Mexican populations also celebrate Dias De Los Muertos.

Full disclosure: This entry is not written by an Arizona Historical Society librarian/archivist, but I am an educator with AHS.

I want to tell you about the importance of archives and librarian/archivists in learning family history.  In this instance, my family history, and the role the Arizona Historical Society played.

My grandfather, Feliz Ruelas, was born in Tucson, Doña Ana County, New Mexico in 1860 before Arizona became a territory. He died in 1930, decades before I was born.  Growing up I never saw a picture of him.  I wondered what he looked like and who in the family might resemble him.

I heard that information about the family might be available at the Arizona Historical Society, so I went over to check it out.  Bottom line, I found a lot of information, including the first photo I ever saw of my grandfather!

If not for knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly staff in the AHS library/archives, my interest in family history and Arizona history might not have developed.

So, the next time you visit any library/archives be sure to thank the amazing dedicated staff who help you with your research.

One more thing—several cousins and my baby brother resemble our grandfather.

PC 1000-Portrait-Ruelas, Feliz-#

PC 1000-Portrait-Ruelas, Feliz-#18225.  As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Archivists’ note:  We’d like to thank Mary Ann for sharing her story of finding her relatives in the archives.
The photograph accompanying this post is one of several photographs of Mary Ann’s grandfather Feliz Ruelas. The picture information tells us that this was taken at his first ranch, Ruelas Ranch, near Patagonia around about 1885. He had just run a race on the horse pictured here.

Another photograph of Mary Ann’s relatives, this one of her Aunt Adelina Ruelas, was chosen to be put online as part of the digital reunification of the Mexican Heritage Project. You can view that photo online through the Arizona Memory Project or come in to the Arizona History Museum and check out the Mexican Heritage Project exhibit where this photo is also being displayed.

Mexican Heritage Project Exhibit in the Arizona History Museum

18 Jul

The Library and Archives is proud to announce that a new exhibit featuring photographs from the Library and Archives’ Mexican Heritage Project is now up in the Arizona History Museum here in Tucson. Mexican Heritage Project Photographs: La Herencia del Pueblo was a groundbreaking effort at the Arizona Historical Society to help preserve and tell a story of Tucson’s Mexican American community from the Gadsden Purchase through World War II. Exhibit curators Alexandria Caster and Lizeth Zepeda created an exhibit to highlight some of the amazing images from the collection. For more information on the Mexican Heritage Project, check out its front page on the Arizona Memory Project website then have some fun looking through the photos. And the next time you’re in Tucson come by the Arizona History Museum and see the physical exhibit!

A small peek at the Library & Archives' new exhibit in the Arizona History Museum featuring the Mexican Heritage Project.

A small peek at the Library & Archives’ new exhibit in the Arizona History Museum featuring the Mexican Heritage Project.