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Arizona Historymakers

A video created by the Arizona Historical Society featuring prominent Arizonans, including Rose Mofford, former governor and Arizona's first female chief executive; Robert T. McCall, renowned state artist; Newton Rosenzweig, jeweler and community leader; Adam Diaz, Hispanic community leader; and Robert and Katherine Herberger, philanthropists.

The Arizona Historical Society, the state's oldest cultural institution, was founded in 1884. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of Arizona. Its Central Arizona Divison's museum, located in Tempe, exists to enrich the cultural knowledge of state residents and visitors and to introduce them to Arizona Historymakers whose portraits and contributions are displayed in a special exhibition hall. Historymakers are defined as those living men and women with substantial ties to Arizona who have distinguished themselves in such areas as the arts, education, entertainment, athletics, communications, and community service. Those selected are honored at a biannual Historymakers Gala and Recognition Program, a black-tie event designed to establish recognition of outstanding Arizonans; to increase public awareness of the Tempe-based museum; to contribute to the museum's artifact and archival collections; and to raise funds for exhibits and other programs assisting the Arizona Historical Society in fulfilling its mission. Each Historymaker is invited to participate in oral history and portrait sessions and to contribute a personal item to the museum's collections.

Along with the video, "Arizona Historymakers Gala V, 1999," the project includes ten pages of text on Arizona Historymakers, 1999.

Originally submitted by: John McCain, Senator.

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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