Community History

The San Tan Historical Society is continually working on digital projects to make our communities' stories accessible online, and below are some featured projects recently completed. If you would like to contribute your time and expertise to ongoing projects, contact us and let us know how you can help.


Pledge to Participate @ San Tan Historical Commons: 2012 and beyond

Pledge to Participate is an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project that enabled the creation of the San Tan Historical Commons, our new portal that allows us to capture our communities' story online. During this historic Centennial Year of 2012, we begin a digital archive on how the community works to improve the quality of life in the area. It is a dynamic historic record intended for continued use and growth. The project takes hold of the theme of civic engagement since the San Tan Historical Society, and many other small local cultural institutions of America, share the stories of the people who worked together to make life better for everyone: their family, places of employment, schools, community groups, churches, public offices. Visit us to learn the stories of the past and contact us to share your story today.

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Crossroads of Historic Higley: 2009-2010

Crossroads of Historic Higley is a project which will collect oral histories, use audio excerpts, combine them with a narrative relating to local history/AZ history, creating a driving tour of local historic treasures in and around the crossroads of the San Tan mountain communities (Southeast Gilbert/Mesa, Queen Creek, Chandler Heights, Combs, San Tan Valley). The tour will be available for a nominal charge at the San Tan Historical Society and local libraries on CD, and free digitally via the Society's website. On October 24th, 2009, the San Tan Historical Society hosted an open house for the public to introduce the project, sign up participants for the oral history portion (ongoing), and learn about the Civic Tourism aspect of the driving tour. The project will conclude with a public presentation October 2010 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

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