Scottsdale Public Art

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Historic Scottsdale: Live, Work and Play in the Early 20th Century

Take a peek back in time with Historic Scottsdale: Live, Work and Play in the Early 20th Century, a newly curated photo exhibition featuring dozens of historic photographs.

This show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Bennie Gonzales-designed Scottsdale City Hall and Civic Center Library in October 1968. Scottsdale Public Art is hosting this exhibition in conjunction with the city’s other Scottsdale Celebrate ‘68 events in October.

“It’s a perfect time to reflect on the history of every corner of Scottsdale and the men and women who comprise our history,” said Joan Fudala, a community historian who wrote the text for the exhibition. “A stroll along the wall of photos at Appaloosa can’t help but instill a pride of place, and perhaps make a connection to something in your past, too, no matter where you came from or what era you consider your own.”

The exhibition is designed to help modern residents imagine what life was like in Scottsdale 50 to 100 years ago. Through these photographs, visitors will peer through windows into the past, observing the pioneers of Scottsdale and how they lived their lives, from farming and ranching to recreation and the beginnings of tourism and health care.

The photos were chosen from among the thousands of digitized photos in the Scottsdale Heritage Connection, a partnership of community organizations that celebrate Scottsdale history. They depict ordinary folks shopping at the general store, building canals, hunting and riding in early automobiles. Children attended classes at the Little Red School House and eventually Scottsdale High School. They swam in the canals — when it was still allowed — and played marbles on dirt roads.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 1–5 p.m. on Sundays.

For information call 480-874-4645.

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