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The 3rd Thursday at the Museum series features the best local dessert and coffee and an event that is part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum and part creative event. Open to the public; donations welcomed. Go here to find the upcoming season's schedule.


Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

 An Evening with Sundance Peru –

Celebrating the Art and Culture of Peru and other Countries

The folkóric ballet, music and dance studio Sundance Peru is renowned for its work with children, adolescents and adults for spreading the culture, folklore, dance, music and song of Peru and other countries with love, joy and pride. Enjoy an evening of 3 Peruvian folk dances.  Free and family friendly

There will also be a session for all present who wish to learn these 3 Peruvian folk dances after each demonstration dance.

There will be gifts for kids, Peruvian hot chocolate and Paneton, Peru’s version of the Italian sweet bread and the best local coffee. Open to the public; donations welcome.


Performances at the Museum run from Sept. through May.

Join us for outstanding performances with everything from classical and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting.


Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 pm:

Paradise Winds 2018

Paradise Winds

Paradise Winds return to the Tempe History Museum to present an all-ages, family-friendly concert of music with narration and popular holiday tunes.  Stop by to celebrate the holiday season and hear the oboe, saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon play in festive rhythm and harmony. The performance also includes a QnA led by the musicians. Free, fun and family friendly

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Here is the schedule of upcoming Performances at the Museum:


Aug. 11      Dave Vito and the Volunteers

Sept. 12    in/PLANES

Sept. 21    Elle Spencer-Lewis: The Song in Your Head

Oct. 12      Kabarett: A Strange Show for Strange Times

Oct. 20    Tetra String Quartet: Dr. Caligari

Nov. 16     The Sahnas Brothers

Nov. 24    Nathan and Jessie

Nov. 29    There is Danger

Dec. 1       Nina Curri and Mary Hoffman

Dec. 14     Paradise Winds


Jan. 12       Grave Danger and Suicide Kings

Feb. 9        LOUD VIII: Future Exes, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers , the Sara Robinson Band 5-8 p.m.*

Feb. 16        Eclecto Fenix

Feb. 24       Hayden’s Ferry Days Festival 1-5 p.m.*

March 8     Sonoran Marimba Band

March 23   Darkness Dear Boy

April 5        Dusty Ramblers Project

April 20     The Lonesome Wilderness

May 3        We3

Free, Fun and Family Friendly

Performances begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

* Outdoors in Museum Plaza

Peace, Love, Performances

Christmas at the Petersen House

The first three weekends in December

Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday: 12/1, 12/8 and 12/15

Sunday: 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16

Christmas at the Petersen House

Experience a Tempe Christmas tradition by visiting the Petersen House Museum this holiday season. Celebrating turn-of-the-century style with a Danish flair in honor of Niels Petersen, the house will be festively decorated for the season.  Enjoy refreshments and activities on the grounds and learn about the history as you tour the house. This is sure to create lasting memories with your family and friends during Tempe’s Christmas at the Petersen House.

Petersen House Museum is located at 1414 W. Southern Ave, Tempe.


Arizona Storytellers Series
The Tempe Historical Society's lunchtime lecture series features a variety of speakers and topics to expand your knowledge and help you think outside the box. Sponsored by the Tempe Historical Society and Friendship Village. Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Go here to see the upcoming season schedule.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m.

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 German POWs in Arizona with Steve Hoza

Steve is a Phoenix native who has been in the museum field for 30 years. He is a recognized authority on the history of World War Two in Arizona, having written two books, one on the German POW Camps in Arizona and Arizona’s WWII aviation training fields.

 Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.



If you would like to honor or commemorate a loved one or Veteran, you may purchase an ornament in their honor. Stop by the museum or send the form by mail with your donation of $10 for each ornament with the honoree’s name to Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282. If the information is received by the last week of November, the ornament will be displayed on the tree for the celebration on Sunday. You may take the ornament home after the celebration.

Events by Affiliate Groups: African American Advisory Committee


Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

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The African American Advisory Committee invites you to attend meetings of a book club featuring African American authors and issues. The AAAC Book Club began in September and meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.  Discussions of the book will be facilitated by Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed.

The first book of the club is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Ms. Wilkerson is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has written a most compelling narrative nonfiction. Her glorious work chronicles the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost 6 million people changed the face of America.

 Readings and discussions will be held over the course of several weeks as the book is quite lengthy.

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