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Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

Exhibit runs through March 24, 2018

 Tempe newspaper photographer Jan Young spent the 1970s taking photographs for the Tempe Daily News. In 2001 she donated 7500 of her negatives to the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. These images are the basis for the exhibit Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s at Tempe History Museum. Because she was photographing the daily events of Tempe for the local newspaper, her images capture the look, feel, and values of the community during that decade.

  Jan Young was a quirky local character, who is remembered for always wearing a trench coat and driving a Volkswagen Beetle. At a time when most newspaper photographers would use an entire roll of film to photograph a subject, she earned the nickname “One Shot Jan” for her habit of taking a single photograph of a scene. She took pictures of Tempe during a time when the city was experiencing tremendous growth. Tempe’s population increased by almost 45,000 people during the 1970s, more than any other decade in the city’s history.

  Visitors to the exhibit will see many examples of Jan Young’s photographs from the 1970s, as well as displayed artifacts from her life and work.


 Main Exhibit Gallery

The main exhibition hall, entitled, Tempe: Distinct, Diverse, Dynamic, is the heart of the Tempe History Museum. Here the story of Tempe is told interactively through a variety of media and displays. The exhibition explores the history of Tempe using a thematic approach focusing on four topics: Surviving in the Desert, Building Our Community, Living Together and College Town.

Community Room Gallery

The Community Room hosts temporary art exhibits around its perimeter.


Art 7: Tempe Union High School District Student Exhibition

For more than 45 years, the city of Tempe and the Tempe Union High School District have joined together for an

exhibition of visual art from the high schools in the Tempe District.

This year, students are exhibiting their work at the Tempe History Museum.

The exhibition includes a variety of media including photography, painting, drawing, digital art and ceramics.

More than 3,000 Tempe students participate in fine art classes in the district. This annual exhibition

gives audiences a sampling of some of the talented students and engaging programs happening

in Tempe schools.

Participating schools are:

Compadre Academy

Corona del Sol

Desert Vista

Marcos de Niza


Mountain Pointe

Tempe High

Exhibit runs through April 22, 2018



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