December 2022

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

Two days only: The Dazzle of Historic Old Town

This month's Scottsdazzle celebration in December includes a presentation on Scottsdale history called The Dazzle of Historic Old Town by Dave Alford! There are two opportunities to see the presentation. Join us from 9-10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. The event starts at the Noriega Livery Stable, 3806 N. Brown Ave. Advance purchase of $5 is required.

Guests are invited to go back in time to discover the dazzling history of Old Town Scottsdale. Learn about historic Old Town, Scottsdale's rodeo history, and Old Town's most beloved iconic locations.

The event will start with a half-hour historical storytelling session inside the Noriega Livery Stable. Following, guests will walk right next door to the Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum, where they will spend 20 minutes learning about Scottsdale's rodeo culture and history, including viewing special artifacts, saddles, and artwork. The event will conclude with a short walking tour to nearby historical sites, including the Cavaliere's Blacksmith Shop, the Old Adobe Mission, and Los Olivos.

Save the date for Founder's Day

The 186th birthday of Scottsdale's founder Winfield Scott will be celebrated at noon, Friday, Feb. 24, in front of the newly re-opened Little Red Schoolhouse, 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall. There will be more information in a special email flyer sent to this email list.

Join the Scottsdale Historical Society, the city of Scottsdale and the Daughters of the American Revolution Winfield Scott Chapter as they mark this event in the history of our community.

Scottsdale Library hits a home run!

Two exciting events at the Scottsdale Public Library in time for spring training:

  • Scottsdale hits it out of the park: a new exhibit at Civic Center Library will take visitors on a whimsical and thought-provoking journey through the five eras of Scottsdale Stadium, highlighting the rich diverse spring training history of Scottsdale. Artifacts, memorabilia, and vignettes will transport fans back to the launch of Scottsdale Spring Training. Exhibit opens Saturday, Feb. 4.

  • The Scottsdale History of Baseball at a Hometown Happy Hour, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Civic Center Library. Community historian Joan Fudala will provide a rich history of Scottsdale's connection to spring training and baseball. Registration for Hometown Happy Hour isn't required, but space is limited. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available as you enter the presentations. For more information, check our online calendar of events at

Scottsdale Neighborhood College announces spring history classes

The spring class schedule for Neighborhood College will be released shortly, but we will give you advance notice to save the dates for these presentations:

Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered

1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, the Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St. We will rediscover fascinating stories about Scottsdale, including a breakfast cereal and how it connects to a Scottsdale resort, the community support for a police officer after a horrific motorcycle collision and a little boy’s wish that became an international organization. This is a repeat presentation. Instructor: Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.

'Til Death Do Us Part

6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Learn more about two local romances gone wrong. In 1962, a couple was murdered just north of Scottsdale, on county land, and the case was not solved for nine years. But did the police catch the real killer or was he framed? In the second case, a Scottsdale woman was spotted dumping part of her husband's body in Mesa. We will revisit the story of his death, which gripped the Valley more than 20 years ago. This is a repeat presentation that was postponed in the fall. Instructor: Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.

Scottsdale's Unlucky Sevens

6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 13, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road or 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. We're going to go back and look at some of the most unusual criminal stories in Scottsdale history and they all happened in the same year. Stories include a collision that led to the family of the victim seeking longer sentences for vehicular homicide and a murdered man in a contract for murder case that had more curve balls than a spring training game! Finally, we'll look at a case of a fallen hero who met his end in Scottsdale. This is a new presentation. Instructor: Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.

History classes at the Scottsdale Public Library

There will be some great history presentations coming up. For more information, Scottsdale Public Library and select Online Calendar. 

  • Arizona Goes to the Movies, 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. Featuring the plots, players and behind-the-scenes info about movies made in our area. This program is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council and is presented by author and historian Jim Turner.
  • Scottsdale Stories: Behind the Business, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Some businesses stay around for more than one generation. But do you know the story behind the business? We will look at an auto parts store that became one of the longest-lasting restaurants in Old Town and an insurance agent whose office has become a museum of Arizona history. Explore Scottsdale and Arizona history with Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale.
  • The History of Golf in Scottsdale, 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Play golf! Scottsdale has been a golf destination since its first course debuted in 1910. Come 'drive' down history's fairways with Scottsdale community historian Joan Fudala as she presents a photo-rich look back at how Scottsdale's golf courses, events, celebrity players and companies have evolved over the past century.

Famous alumnus

This alumnus of a Scottsdale school was recently named head coach of a major college football program. He considers Scottsdale his home and graduated from a Scottsdale High School. He's been coaching since an injury sidelined his athletic career at age 17. He went on to become the offensive coach of his high school at the age of 21.

He was selected to be the assistant offensive coach for his university and did the job for two years. He has coached for Memphis, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon and now for his alma mater.

Scroll down to find out who this famous Alumnus is.

Photo credit: U.S. school yearbooks.

Little Red Schoolhouse opens in January - docents needed now!

Want to help with preserving and sharing Scottsdale's history with our tourists and fellow citizens? Volunteer with the Scottsdale History Museum! You can volunteer for as few as two-hours to a four-hour shift. Starting mid-January, we'll be open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. For more information about volunteering, contact Terry Erickson or call 480-560-3392. Learn about the Scottsdale Historical Society.

Image courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society.


Holiday Lights just a click away with the Scottsdale Heritage Connection

Can't make it to the Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park this year? Enjoy the ambiance from a 2008 video clip showcasing the lights for that year, or pictures from inside the light tunnel. Check out the Scottsdale Heritage Connection's digital collection by searching the library's catalog using "McCormick-Stillman Holiday Lights" at

The Scottsdale Heritage Connection is located in the Civic Center Library at 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. It's open Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Look for the Messinger Family Research Room that houses the Scottsdale Heritage Connection.

How the streets got their names: Fifth Avenue

A group of artisans opened the Arizona Craftsmen center at Main and Brown in the old Brown General Store in 1946. They included Wesley Segner, Lloyd Kiva New, Phillips Sanderson, Mathilde Schaefer Davis, Lew Davis plus a gift shop. George Cavalliere and Leonard Yuschik were also affiliated with the center.

Unfortunately, the building at Brown and Main burned down in April 1950. Anne and Fowler McCormick arranged for a loan from a local bank so the craftsmen could rebuild. Lloyd Kiva, Wes Segner and their fellow craftsmen pooled their resources to build a multi-shop Arizona Crafts Center a few blocks north of Scottsdale's Main Street in a previously undeveloped hay field south of the Arizona Canal. The roadway was unpaved and was eventually named Fifth Avenue. The road evolved to become the epicenter of Southwestern style in Scottsdale.

In the first few years, Fifth Avenue artisans included: leatherworker and Native American fashion designer Lloyd Kiva New, silversmith Wes Segner, silk-screen fashions by Chrstine Rae, silk-screen and embroidered fashions by Leona Caldwell, goldsmith Alexander Kowal, Navajo-inspired paintings by Van (Andy) Tsinhajinnie, resort ware by Soledad of Arizona, pottery by Tober, hand-painted fabrics by Tolby-Haines, the Flemish Glazier, stained glass by Lincoln & Maes, silversmith and gem cutter Adin (Mabel) Richardson, hand crafted jeweler H. Fred Skaggs, fine gemstones and minerals by Fred Bitner, ceramics by Joseph Sherman, antique jewelry by Edward R. Taylor, fashions and jewelry by Ray Grave's Gra-Wun, custom perfumer Erné and others. 

In January 1956, Lloyd Kiva New opened the Kiva Crafts Center on the south side of Fifth Avenue to add more demonstration studios to Fifth Avenue. You can still see the Kiva Center on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Craftsman Court.

With a runway down the middle of Fifth Avenue, there were weekly fashion shows throughout the winter months. They were commentated and organized by Lloyd Kiva and featured local models and celebrities wearing Scottsdale-produced designs.

You can find more about Fifth Avenue and Lloyd Kiva New in the book "The Sound of Drums: A memoir of Lloyd Kiva New" by Lloyd Kiva New and edited by Ryan S. Flahive published in 2016.

Thanks to Joan Fudala for this article.

Answer to Famous Alumnus

Image: Arizona State Press

Kenny Dillingham was recently named head football coach of Arizona State University. Kenny is a Valley native and graduate of Chaparral High School. His football career ended at age 17 when a torn ACL sidelined him. As an alumnus, he was named Junior Varsity offensive coordinator and by the age of 21 he was the Varsity Team offensive coordinator at Chaparral.

In 2014, he was hired to be the offensive assistant coach by ASU for two seasons. He then went on to be the offensive coordinator for Memphis, Auburn, Florida State and Oregon. He ran a successful offense at all these colleges.

Dillingham is the first Sun Devil in modern history to be named head coach of the football team.

Next Time

Our next Scottsdale history newsletter will come out February/March highlighting the re-opening of the Little Red School House, spring history presentations at the Scottsdale Public Library and Neighborhood College. There will be more news and resources about Scottsdale history to come!

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