Arizona State Library and Arizona Capitol Museum special events mark statehood day at the capitol
PHOENIX - The state of Arizona turns 102 this February 14, so grab your sweetheart and join the Arizona State Library in the Historic Senate Chamber, located on the third floor of the Arizona Capitol Museum, to celebrate Arizona’s 102nd birthday. This noon event will celebrate the day Arizona became as state in the building that served as both the territorial and state capitol.
As part of the celebration, Secretary of State Ken Bennett will announce this year’s recipient of the Polly Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that cherishes and contributes to Arizona’s rich cultural resources. The award is named after teacher and longtime state legislator Polly Rosenbaum, who during her tenure tirelessly supported libraries, museums, archives, and the preservation of Arizona’s history.
Additionally, the Arizona Educational Foundation Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest winners will be recognized, and will read their winning essays in the Historic Senate Chamber. The contest is open to students statewide in grades 7-12 and is made possible by APS. This year’s theme is “How Can Technology Enhance Your Ability to be a Better Citizen?”
While you are at the capitol, check out the new exhibit at the Arizona Capitol Museum. The “State Library’s 150th Anniversary Exhibit” commemorates the founding of the Territorial Library in 1864.
The Museum is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking for Museum guests in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington. For more information, go to: http://www.azlibrary.gov/museum/events.aspx or call 602.926.3620.
Who: Secretary of State Ken Bennett
What: 102nd Statehood Celebration
When: Friday, February 14, noon
Where: Arizona Capitol Museum, Thirrd floor Historic Senate Chamber, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix