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Lights!

24 Feb

The Arizona Historical Society is getting a bit brighter this week! All of our lights are being replaced by better, more energy efficient ones. We’ll be working around the clock to make this a smooth transition (Night at the Museum style!), but if you come in this week you might notice some work happening. We hope you’ll excuse the mess and appreciate the new and improved lighting!

 

 

Line repairmen, date unknown. This photo is from the Main Photo Collection, Tucson-Businesses-Gas and Light companies file, photo #51939. As always, if you'd like to reproduce or use any images on this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

Line repairmen, date unknown. This photo is from the Main Photo Collection, Tucson-Businesses-Gas and Light Companies, photo #51939. As always, if you’d like to reproduce or use any images on this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

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Happy Christmas!

26 Dec

The Library and Archives might be closed today, but we thought we’d take a moment to create a special Christmas week post for all of our patrons who celebrate this holiday. We hope that everyone is having a good time with friends and family this holiday season as well as eating a ton of yummy goodies before the New Year and its inevitable weight-loss resolutions arrive.

The photo we’re sharing today is from our Photo Files. The notes on this photo say that this is a photo of the winning house from Jaycees’ first Annual Christmas Home Decoration Contest. This is the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glen Cooper, located 1215 East Indio Street. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve as the homeowners were receiving their prize. The people pictured are (from left to right): Hurlstone Fairchild and Esther Henderson, both judges. Then Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Edith Cooper, the homeowners. Then Mrs. Lilly Merritt Starkweather and Professor Pete Anderson, both judges.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. 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.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. 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.

This photo made us think of the Christmas decoration traditions we each have in our homes. Erin’s grandmother hides a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree and gives an extra present to the person who finds it first on Christmas Day. Her mother also puts a rubber octopus on the tree, a remnant from the days when it was the only thing keep the kids from touching and breaking all the ornaments. Caitlin’s most notable decoration tradition is the constant battle in their house between colored lights or white lights on the Christmas tree.

Does your family have any decoration traditions? Or just family-specific traditions in general? Archivists know it’s never too early to start documenting things. Grab some paper, pencils and crayons and have your kids write out their favorite family traditions–with illustrations, of course! Then use a hole-punch and yarn to “bind” them together into a fun little book. You can add to it every year and keep it on the coffee table during Christmas as your own holiday family history.

Veterans Day

11 Nov

The Arizona Historical Society is closed today Monday, November 11, 2013, for Veterans Day. Stay tuned later this week for a special post detailing our future closures for the rest of 2013. The photo you see below is from a photo file on the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps which was formed as a branch of the U.S. Army in May 1942. Women have not always held prominent positions in the military and increasing rights for women who want to join the armed forces is an interesting part of American history. Take some time with your daughters AND sons this Veterans Day to talk about the evolving role of women in America’s military.

Subjects-WorldWar-WAAC2_73716. 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.

Subjects-WorldWar-WAAC2_73716. 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.

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.

Photo Friday: A Tribute to Arizona Firefighters

12 Jul

The recent tragedy of the deaths of the young men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Prescott has hit our state hard. In memory of those brave men, and in a tribute to all firefighters past and present, we thought we would share a photo from our photo files on Firefighters. The guys in the shiny red trucks are immediately recognizable as firefighters. From childhood we are taught the meaning and symbolism behind these red trucks and men in uniforms. But when fires start in our forests and wilderness areas it is often the wildland firefighters who rush out to fight these fires. Their mission is the same, but the obstacles are different. Instead of manuevering burning buildings these men are skirting scorched landscapes and forests, chasing fires whose playgrounds quickly become entire forests or mountainsides. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to help families of firefighters and injured firefighters. Check out their website to learn what you can do to thank men like the Granite Mountain Hotshots who spend every day of their lives working for our safety! Firefighters of all kinds do dangerous, important work so our lives and homes can be safe and we are all thankful for the work they do and the sacrifices they make!

Photograph from PC 1000-Subjects-Firefighters. 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.

Photograph from PC 1000-Subjects-Firefighters. 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.