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Featured Exhibit



                                                                 photo by Michael Williams

Humans of Tempe

Exhibit runs through March 24, 2019.

Tempe History Museum sent out 4 photographers to gather short interviews and informal portraits of random folks on the streets of Tempe. With the combined informal portraits and short quotes, visitors will connect with real, ordinary people and learn about people different than themselves. These portraits and stories remind us that we are all human – our problems may not be that bad, or that we are not alone, or that others share the same joy and pain.

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.

Greetings from Tempe – Quite a Little Town Here

Exhibit runs through October 21, 2018

Long before our lives were dominated by Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a simpler form of personal communication allowed us to stay in touch – the postcard. Congress first authorized postcards to be distributed through the mail in 1861.

In 1898, Congress lowered the cost of the “Private Mailing Card” to 1¢. That change broke open the floodgates to a new era of communication. People could purchase inexpensive souvenir cards illustrating the places they lived and visited. They could share those memories with friends and families by mail – which was delivered several times a day in many cities like Tempe – creating the Facebook of the era.

Billions of postcards were produced and mailed in the 20th century, leaving an unparalleled legacy of places, events and experiences. The postcard brought images and stories of the tiny agricultural town of Tempe to a worldwide audience. Greetings from Tempe has assembled nearly 300 historic postcards, which paint an historic picture of our town.

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