Arizona Centennial

Arizona Historical Society

Al Merito Award

2012 Call for Nominations


Arizona Centennial Conference
Phoenix, AZ - January 17, 2012           
The Arizona Historical Society has issued  a Call for Nominations for the prestigious Al Merito Award.  The award recipient will be publicly honored during the Al Merito Award Luncheon at the Arizona Centennial Conference on Friday,
April 20, 2012 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Arizona Historical Society invites nominations of organizations or
individuals whose special achievements have enriched the community through their vision, dedication, and love of Arizona history.  Nomination forms may be requested by calling Deborah Ortiz at (520) 617-1169 or via email at  The deadline for Nominations is Friday, February 24, 2012.  

The Al Merito Award honors individuals and organizations from every corner of the state that have preserved and promoted Arizona history with museum programs and exhibitions, by collecting and conserving historical objects and archives, and by recording oral histories from today's Arizonans for the benefit of future generations.


The Arizona Historical Society established the Al Merito in 1973 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona's rich history. Named for the nineteenth century award bestowed by a newly independent government of Mexico for meritorious serve to the Republic, al merito literally translates to "for merit."  


Today, the Arizona Historical Society's highest honor acknowledges meritorious service for those who, by their efforts, celebrate Arizona history.


The Al Merito Luncheon will be open to the public. For questions regarding the Arizona Centennial Conference, including registration information, visit, call the information line at (480) 420-4601, or email


Arizona Centennial Conference
April 18-21st
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Phoenix, Arizona
Registration is NOW available online. The Arizona Centennial Conference is an exciting Official event that will celebrate the rich cultural and unique natural resources of the Grand Canyon State.  For program, sponsorship and registration information, please Click Here.

The new Arizona Centennial website is here! You’re invited to visit for all things Centennial! Learn about events and projects throughout the state, even purchase official Centennial merchandise. And, learn how you can get involved!

 Official Centennial Events

 More than 100 Official Centennial Events are in the works to celebrate Arizona’s 100th Birthday -- from major community celebrations to exhibits and street festivals.  One of those events is the Phoenix’s Best Fest (February 10-12).  The Best Fest Series has something for everyone -- from educational pavilions spotlighting history, science & future, as well as cultural villages that showcase Native American customs, the old West and the flair of Hispanic tradition. Of course, not to be missed is the classic festival fare including a carnival, parade, live entertainment, beer gardens, and more.

 In fact, if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and participating in this historic Countdown year, Best Fest is perhaps the ‘best’ way to do so! 

This Day in Arizona History

 Fun facts on Arizona, from Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble! 

  • June 14, 1941 movie stars Dorothy Fay and Tex Ritter were married. Dorothy Fay was Arizona’s first star in cowboy movies. She was also the mother of actor John Ritter.
  • June 21, 1967 the record was set for Arizona’s latest sunset (8:41) causing loud protests from restaurants. The following year the state legislature voted to opt out of Daylight Savings Time.
  • June 26, 1902 Sedona becomes an official US Postal stop and gets its name. It is named for the first postmaster's wife, Sedona and the first postmaster was T.C. Schnebly.
  • July 4, 1876 a party of Boston colonists heading West camped at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks and celebrated the nation’s 100th birthday. An American flag was hung from a tall pine tree to honor the occasion and the place eventually came to be called Flagstaff.
  • July 4, 1887 the first railroad train arrived in Phoenix from the Southern Pacific Mainline at Maricopa.


 For some of us this means going to extremes and cutting up credit cards. For others, it just means clipping coupons and unplugging appliances. Story Continues 

Jackson Designs Arizona Centennial Buckle
Arizona buckle maker Jackson has created a beautiful Arizona Centennial buckle shown here. Arizona Duuude Bob Roloff is the first to wear this unique buckle with two toned copper and gold depicting the state flag and name with the state dates 1912 -2012. The buckle will be available for sale, Just contact Jackson at 623-873-2475 and let him know AZ Duuude sent you!

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Arizona Centennial Conference Announcement
Arizona Centennial Conference to Celebrate and Promote Arizona's Cultural and Natural Resources


Call for Proposals Announced


Arizona Official Centennial Event

Phoenix, AZ - September 21, 2011 - The Arizona Centennial Conference Committee has announced a "Call for Proposals" for presentations and panel discussions celebrating the cultural and natural resources of Arizona. The official Centennial Event will be held April 18-22, 2012 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.   


The conference is a culmination of years of planning by the Arizona History Convention, Inc., the Museum Association of Arizona and the State Historic Preservation Office - a division of State Parks. Interested parties may visit for more information or email   


According to Vince Murray, Conference Committee Chairperson, "We want this program to truly promote Arizona's unique heritage. We invite speakers who have a story about the Grand Canyon State's culture, history or natural resources to participate. This is a time to celebrate Arizona during the Centennial year."  


Individuals or organizations wishing to participate may submit a one paragraph overview on their presentation idea to by October 3, 2011, for consideration.  More information will be required if your submission if accepted by the governing board.  


Additional cash prizes will be offered for winning papers presented at the conference.  Visit for more information.  


The Arizona Centennial Conference will feature over 54 educational sessions, locally and nationally known speakers, a dedicated exhibit area, personal development workshops, an evaluation of the "Trial of the Centennial" by the Arizona Justice Forum - and more.  


The conference will be open to the public and attendees will include educators, students, history buffs, hikers and hunters - and anyone who lives in, or visits, Arizona.  Estimated attendance is 600.   


Cost effective sponsorships are available for large and small businesses wishing to expand their presence in Arizona.     


Thank you for your support.  Please contact (480) 420-4601 for more information or email info@arizonacentennial for conference overview and background information.



Arizona Centennial Conference
Suzanne Chambers
Media Contact
(480) 420-4601




Arizona's Centennial On Stage
As we approach Arizona's Centennial (1912-2012)...Ben Tyler has created a website-platform, with a goal of celebrating on stage this colorful states past 100 years or perhaps more. The stories are endless, especially the little known, and off-beat subject matter not previously explored on stage. If you're a writer or a wanna-be playwrite, this might be your opportunity of an Arizona life-time! I for one might give it a shot, because there's so much to say about our state...and we are the generation(s) who know, and appreciate the history. 2012 in Arizona could be a very interesting year of great opportunities and a lot of fun. For more information visit: