Explore Arizona’s rich political past with new museum exhibit

New interactive digital exhibit debuts at Arizona Capitol Museum

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 7, 2015

PHOENIX – Arizona has a history of political pluckiness, even from territorial times. The Arizona Capitol Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibit in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records “Show me Arizona: Illustrations of History.” The exhibit showcases historic newspaper political cartoons that reflect key events spanning from territorial days through statehood. The exhibit opens September 12, at 11 a.m. in the historic state capitol.

To kick off the event, special guest speakers Steve Benson, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republic, and Russ Kazmierczak, creator of Amazing Arizona Comics, will present discussions on the history of political cartoons.

The new exhibit features 21st Century technology with interactive touch tablets with games, a presentation of the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program website and internet access to explore historic newspapers from throughout the state online at http://adnp.azlibrary.gov/.

The ADNP, a free, searchable database of Arizona historic newspapers published between 1859 and 1922, was created in partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.

The AZCM is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry to the museum is and parking are free. For more information call 602-926-3620. For more information about AZCM exhibits, or to schedule a tour, go online to www.azlibrary.gov/azcm.

The AZCM and State Library of Arizona are branches of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.

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About the Arizona Capitol Museum

The Arizona Capitol Museum, a division of the Secretary of State, connects people to Arizona government – past and present. Using new technology to increase the interactivity of exhibits, the AZCM has brought the history of Arizona into the 21st Century. Housed in the historic state capitol, entry and parking to the AZCM are free. For more information about our exhibits, or to schedule a tour, visit us online at www.azlibrary.gov/azcm.

About the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records of Arizona

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, helps Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world. We provide expertise to empower informed decisions. For an overview of services, visit us online at www.azlibrary.gov