August 2020

A partnership among Scottsdale Neighborhood College, Scottsdale Public Library and the Scottsdale Historical Society to provide information, news and resources about Scottsdale history.


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A great Scottsdale story rediscovered

At the 5 p.m., Sept. 8 City Council meeting, Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane will proclaim "Make-A-Wish Day" in the city of Scottsdale. You can live stream the meeting or watch on Cox Cable channels 11 and 1011 (HD) and Century Link channel 8001.

This event was originally scheduled for April 29, 2020, which was the 40th anniversary of the first wish that Scottsdale resident Chris Geicius had to be a DPS police officer. This wish led to the creation of Make-A-Wish that has granted wishes to more than 300,000 children worldwide.

For those of you who attended Neighborhood College's Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered presentation last fall, you know the story behind the founding of the Make-A-Wish organization and the many connections to Scottsdale. For those of you who don't know the story, you can watch the presentation on Oct. 22 (see below on Neighborhood College).

Photo courtesy of Scottsdale resident Linda Pauling (Chris Greicius's mother).



More great videos from Joan Fudala

Community historian Joan Fudala recorded two new videos in the Scottsdale Public Library's Scottsdale Heritage Connection:

  • Lights! Camera! Action!: Scottsdale's Movie & TV History. Scottsdale has served as the backdrop for big screen movies and popular TV shows. Learn what they are and where they were filmed.

  • Shops-Dale! If you miss shopping in Scottsdale's Old Town and the beautiful shopping centers around our city, check out this retro romp through some of Scottsdale's famous stores while exploring the city's retail history.

For more information, explore the Scottsdale Heritage Connection.



Neighborhood College goes virtual

Your health is our no. 1 priority so we adapted the Neighborhood College (NC) programs to virtual presentations. NC classes will begin in October and continue through November. We will be using Zoom Webinar to present classes on HOA law and Scottsdale history. After classes are presented, many will be available to view online on the Scottsdale YouTube channel.

We will present three history classes this fall:

  • The Great Desert Escape. 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. The largest escape of prisoners of war in North America during World Was II happened right here is Scottsdale. Repeat presentation. Instructor: Keith Warren Lloyd.

  • Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered. 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22. We will rediscover amazing stories about Scottsdale. Repeat presentation. Instructor: Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.
  • Stories from the Files of the Scottsdale Police. 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. Direct from the files of the Scottsdale Police Department comes fascinating crimes that happened in Scottsdale. Brand new presentation. Instructor: Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.

More information about Neighborhood College or to register.



Want to take a trip back in time?

The Scottsdale Heritage Connection Messinger Family Research Room has a collection of news magazines that can take you back to the 1950s and 1960s in Scottsdale.

In 1952, Brooks Darlington began weekly publication of The Arizonian - a news magazine that carried local news of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Its premiere issue updated readers on the soon-to-open Paradise Valley Country Club, resort news, society gatherings, art gallery offerings and business openings. After several changes in ownership, Mae Sue Talley became its final publisher before the paper ceased operation in late 1969.

The Scottsdale Public Library has 37 bound volumes covering 1953-1969 available for in library use.



Scottsdale Public Library developing virtual programming

Keep an eye on the Scottsdale Public Library Facebook page, because our librarians will also be sharing tips on how to research Scottsdale history, a tour of what the Scottsdale Heritage Connection contains, and a highlight of some of the things you can find when you start researching your personal history using the tools available at the library. We are also working with the education team at Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve to turn the library's popular Natural History series, PastFinders, into virtual programs for the fall. Please check our online calendar of events for details about these and other programs we are developing for Scottsdale's history lovers.



Famous Alumna

Can you guess who is this famous alumna of a Scottsdale high school?

This alumna is the triple threat of entertainers: she can sing, dance and act. This woman is a wonder! After winning a beauty contest, she made her break in television in the 1970s and then went on to movies. She recently appeared in a television show in the DC comic book universe in the recurring role as the president. It wasn't her first comic book role.

In 2017, a movie was made rebooting one of her most iconic roles. She was not in the movie but participated in publicity appearances with the current star.

Photo credit: U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1999.




Scottsdale Video Network has videos of Scottsdale history

You can watch several short videos on Scottsdale history that are available anytime on the Scottsdale Video Network's YouTube channel.



Herb Drinkwater was "Mr. Scottsdale"

The Scottsdale Historical Society has several items in its collection from the life and legacy of our beloved former mayor, Herbert Drinkwater. He was called "Herb" by his friends and every Scottsdale resident was his friend! He wore a stetson hat and frequently wore a bolo tie instead of a traditional tie.

Many of the things that Scottsdale is known for worldwide were started or completed during the time Herb was Mayor (four terms from 1980-1996). That includes the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, Tournament Players Club golf course, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale, and the Indian Bend Wash.

The Little Red Schoolhouse is the Scottsdale history museum run by the Scottsdale Historical Society located at 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall. You can see a Stetson hat Herb wore. There are also memorabilia from his time as both city councilman and mayor.

In January 1998, less than a month after his death, there was a community celebration of his life. The portrait seen at left was displayed in the Civic Center Library in his honor.

Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Public Library.



Statue dedicated to celebrate local journalism

In the near future, you'll be able to visit the Scottsdale Historical Society's Little Red Schoolhouse Museum. After your visit, you may want to take a short walk to the south on Brown Avenue to look at a unique sculpture located just north of the doors to the Cavallier's Blacksmith Shop, 3805 N. Brown Ave.

Jonathan and Maxine Marshall owned the Scottsdale Progress for several decades and they commissioned the sculpture. It is made of parts of the original linotype machine that printed the Progress. Scottsdale artist Agnese Udinotti created the sculpture in 1969. The Marshalls sold the Progress in the 1980s.

This sculpture recognizes the importance of community journalism. Its display is part of a community partnership among the Cavalliere Blacksmith Shop, the city of Scottsdale and former staff of the Scottsdale Progress.

Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Public Library.



Answer to Famous Alumna

Lynda Carter graduated from Arcadia High School in 1969 and went on to attend Arizona State University for one year before pursuing her performing career full time. In 1972, she won the Miss USA World pageant. In 1975, she was cast as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the television show "Wonder Woman." The show ran three years on both ABC and CBS. She recorded several music albums, modeled, starred in her own variety specials, raised two children, appeared in movies and TV shows. Since 2016, she has played the recurring part as President Olivia Marsden in the TV show "Supergirl." Although she was not in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, she did make publicity appearances with star Gal Gadot.

You can find most of the yearbooks from Scottsdale high schools in the Scottsdale Heritage Connection located in the Scottsdale Public Library's Civic Center Branch, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd.

Photo credit: The CW Network.




We'll be sending out the next e-newsletter around November/December with a list of upcoming spring Scottsdale history classes presented by Scottsdale Neighborhood College and the Scottsdale Public Library. There will also be more resources from the Scottsdale Historical Society. In the meantime, stay healthy, wash your hands and practice physical distancing.

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