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A Celebration of Tempe's History

Hayden’s Ferry Days is an annual celebration to raise awareness of the rich culture and history of Tempe and involve community members of all ages in an engaging, informative and entertaining way. The Tempe Historical Society is proud to be a part of Tempe’s rich heritage and its future. In 2019, the Tempe Historical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary!

Event Description 

Hayden’s Ferry Days is a series of individual events in multiple venues over several days. Each event is organized by a variety of Tempe’s non-profit organizations that care about preserving and sharing our community’s history and culture. The event features several locations and historic sites. It is designed to showcase Tempe’s rich cultural and historic resources and highlight the unique contributions of each participating organization.      

2019 Schedule of Activities

FOUNDERS DINNER at HACKETT HOUSE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Kick off Hayden’s Ferry Days with a fabulous dinner prepared early frontier style in Dutch Ovens by the prizewinning 5th generation Arizonans who founded the EZ Cattle Company. Family members, dressed in period costume, will prepare a delicious meal with all the fixin’s! In addition, listen to the music and stories of Dolan Ellis and Marshall Trimble.

This delicious, fun and interesting evening is part of the annual Hayden’s Ferry Days festivities celebrating the founding of Hayden’s Ferry (now part of Tempe) in 1871. After Friday, join us for the rest of the events of this fun-filled community festival.

Founders Dinner Tickets are just $40 each. Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://foundersdinner2019.eventbrite.com. The Founder’s Dinner is hosted by Tempe Sister Cities Organization and the Tempe Historical Society, and will be held at the historic Hackett House in Tempe. 

WALK THROUGH HISTORY TOUR – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation presents the Walk Through History Tour showcasing historic Tempe sites.

FREE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

1 to 5 p.m.

The 4th Annual Hayden’s Ferry Day Festival will be held at the Tempe History Museum and will highlight the arts, history and heritage of our community. Free festival.  If you would like to be a vendor or arts & craft demonstrator at the event, contact info@tempehistory.org. 

LANDMARK TOURS OF HISTORIC HOUSES – SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

Peek inside some of Tempe’s most interesting historic houses. Free! (Donations accepted)

HISTORIC HOUSE TEAS & TOURS – SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

Do you love Victorian style tea service? Two locations are offered this year due to the popularity of the event.

  • Garden Tea & Tour at Eisendrath House, presented by Rio Salado Foundation
    Tickets $25 – available on Eventbrite now!
  • Victorian Tea & Tours at Petersen House, presented by Tempe History Museum
    Tickets $25 – available on Eventbrite now!

OUR SHARED HISTORY

The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the two first irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.  Another settlement, known as Hayden’s Ferry, developed west of Tempe Butte. Charles Trumbull Hayden, owner of a mercantile and freighting business in Tucson, homesteaded this location in 1870. Within a few years, he had built a store and flourmill, warehouses and blacksmith shops, and a ferry. This community became the trade center for the south side of the Salt River Valley. Both settlements grew quickly and soon formed one community. The town was named Tempe in 1879.

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Jerry W. Brock Foundation
  • City of Tempe
  • Friends of Tempe Public Library
  • Tempe Tourism

More sponsors are needed – contact us if you would like to support the celebration of Tempe’s history!

Steering Committee Members/Community Partners

  • Tempe History Museum
  • Tempe Sister Cities Association
  • Rio Salado Foundation
  • Friends of Tempe Public Library
  • Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation

Supporting Organizations and Volunteers

  • Guess Birchett Questers – Hosts for Elias-Rodriguez House
  • Hayden’s Ferry Questers – Presenters of Vintage & Antique Indoor Market
  • Veteran’s History Project – Festival Participant

For more information contact Tempe History Museum, (480) 350-5100, museum@tempe.gov

Want to get involved? Contact the museum to learn how to secure sponsor recognition, demonstration space, vendor booth or other involvement that focuses on sharing the history, heritage and culture of Tempe. Click on the documents below to request space at the event or to become a sponsor. 

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