Chief YellowHorse Lives On! by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

I bought a copy of this little book of essays from Lisa after I heard her speak last week in Flagstaff. It is a really informative collection on her favorite places in Arizona, barely known stories of  Arizona history, and a few essays on her family’s history in the state. It probably wouldn’t be of interest to anyone who doesn’t live here or who didn’t grow up here or have some stake in the area, but it is beautifully written and anyone would enjoy the quality of her observations.

I enjoyed the essays on Wupatki, the Arizona Trail and Lee’s Ferry. I now feel compelled to try to visit and explore these attractions during the late summer or fall. All of the essays are fascinating, but I liked the writings on specific places or traditions the best. Lisa really knows Arizona and her history lessons are enlightening.

This was a great way to kick off my Arizona 100 project!

My Arizona 100 Project

On February 14, 2012 (at 2:14 pm to be exact) my home state of Arizona will turn 100. This fact has been in the back of my mind for a while and I occasionally see articles and hear news about the plans being formulated for celebration across the state. Yesterday, however, it was brought to the forefront of my mind by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, a native Arizonan, writer and ardent admirer of the state. I was in Flagstaff at a library forum and she was our afternoon speaker. She urged us all, as librarians, to take measures at our individual libraries to mark the centennial. Lisa serves on the centennial committee and related the struggles they’ve had in getting the celebration off the ground. The problem has been mostly economic as our state is broke and can’t really set aside much money to fund events.

Lisa’s passionate appeal has made me determined to host a celebration at my library (I’m sure I can talk my boss into it) and to celebrate on an individual level, as well. During the next 8 months I’m going to read books about Arizona history and visit towns and historical sites around the state. If you live in Arizona and would like to join me in celebrating our centennial, please do! If you don’t live in Arizona or anywhere near I hope you’ll indulge me as I read and travel my way to the centennial.