The Mesa Leadership tour on Oct. 29 was to the Mesa Historical Museum downtown. This is a temporary location as they have BIG plans for a new museum in the former federal building at 26 N. Macdonald.
Read an article about the new museum in the Arizona Republic from last year: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2014/05/08/mesa-facility-grandpas-history-museum/8853955/
What is the history of the museum? “After getting its start in the 1940s, the Mesa Historical Museum was incorporated in 1966 by citizens concerned about the preservation of Mesa’s rich history. The museum’s original home was at the old City Hall building in downtown Mesa. This is now the location for the Arizona Museum of Natural History. As the names make clear, the Arizona Museum of Natural History focuses on the natural history of the region (including archaeology and paleontology), while the Mesa Historical Museum is dedicated to the exploring and preserving regional heritage” (from the website).
Did you know? “The Mesa Historical Museum operates two permanent museum sites. The museum campus on Main Street in Mesa features new programming and exhibitions and the historic campus in Lehi, serves as a research lab and collections facility.”
The latest exhibit features the history of Spring Training, which has deep roots in Mesa.
There is also a room dedicated to the beloved local TV show, The Wallace and Ladmo Show.
For more information, go to: http://www.mesamuseum.org/