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Downtown Phoenix children’s museum celebrates 1st year

In this know99 video segment, learn about the first year of operation of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix located at 7th Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix seeks Monroe alums

Monroe School[Source: Phoenix Business Journal] — Alumni of downtown Phoenix’s Monroe School are being sought for a new project that will become an exhibition at Children’s Museum of Phoenix.  The Monroe School, 215 N. Seventh St., now houses the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which opened in June 2008.  Museum artists are seeking those who attended the school during its operation from 1917 through 1973.  In addition, anyone who may have connections to the school or those with Monroe School photos or other items are being sought for the project.

The goal is to collect narratives from those who worked and played at the school.  Each memory will give insight into Monroe as a school, the city of Phoenix in its early days, as well as helping children understand that they are making history now.  Oral histories from alumni will be collected and translated into text to be mounted along with large scale photographs depicting life in the neighborhood during the years the Monroe School was in operation.  To share a story, contact: Claire West, development manager, via e-mail or phone 602-253-0501.

Historic Monroe School reopens as Phoenix Children’s Museum

Located in the restored 1913 Monroe School building at 7th St. and Van Buren, the Phoenix Children’s Museum opened its doors in June 2008. The museum is a place where children can have fun and learn at the same time (and adults like it too). Take a peek inside in this know99 video.

National Trust officials tour Valley for possible 2012 conference

Kathy Adams and Lori Feinman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation flew into town last week to view Phoenix’s convention facilities; tour selected historic sites and neighborhoods in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe; and visit with area preservation advocates to determine Phoenix’s ability to host the 2012 National Preservation Conference.  Meeting them at Sky Harbor was Sally Forrest, National Accounts Director for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski welcomes National Trust representatives Lori Feinman and Kathy Adams. (Photo: Midtown Messenger)

The three lunched at the Hotel Valley Ho, one of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America, and then drove to downtown Phoenix to tour the Phoenix Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency and Wyndham hotels (two of the host hotels), and Orpheum Theatre. Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer, and Jim McPherson, Arizona Advisor to the National Trust, joined them for dinner at the Rose & Crown Pub in Heritage Square Park (a large outdoor venue that could serve as the opening reception for the 2,500-plus attendees of the 2012 conference).

Phoenix's historic Ellis Shackelford House was decked out in the colors of Arizona's state flag. (Photo: Midtown Messenger)

On Tuesday, Adams and Feinman started off the day by visiting the historic San Carlos Hotel and breakfast at Palette in the Roosevelt Historic District.  Then it was a “timed-to-the minute” whirlwind van tour of First Presbyterian Church, Security Building (and ASU’s PURL overlooking the city), Monroe School (Children’s Museum of Phoenix), Phoenix Union High School Buildings (University of Arizona College of Medicine), Steele Indian School Park, Heard Museum, and several midtown residential historic districts.

State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Garrison and Modern Phoenix Founder Alison King joined the group for lunch and tour of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.  Then it was off to drive by the Wrigley Mansion, and visit the Desert Botanical Garden, Gammage Auditorium, Pueblo Grande National Historic Landmark, and St. Mary’s Basilica.  Special guests “popped in” throughout the day to say hello, provide their perspective on preservation, and tout Phoenix as a conference site: Attorney General Terry Goddard (Palette), State Senator Debbie McCune Davis (UA College of Medicine), City of Phoenix Council Member Greg Stanton (Children’s Museum), attorney Grady Gammage (Gammage Auditorium), former Phoenix mayor John Driggs, and Arizona 2012 Centennial director Karen Churchard.

Dan Klocke (Downtown Phoenix Partnership), Charles Fortenberry (Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers), John Jacquemart (Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee), and G.G. George (Encanto Citizens Association). (Photo: Midtown Messenger)

Topping off the visit was a reception at the Ellis Shackelford House in downtown Phoenix.  Over 60 preservation advocates from all over the Valley (and Sierra Vista!), city officials, and downtown business group leaders attended.  A balloon arch, special signage, decorations, and flowers in the colors of Arizona’s state flag welcomed our guests from the National Trust.  City of Phoenix Council Member Michael Nowakowski, Garrison, Stocklin, Feinman, and McPherson said a few words, and the rest of the evening was spent enjoying each other’s company and dining on wonderful hors d’oeuvres from Catered by St. Joseph’s.  Gift bags courtesy of the State Historic Preservation Office and City of Phoenix were presented to Adams and Feinman, and each attendee received a small gift as well.

Historic Monroe School reopens as Phoenix Children’s Museum

In this know99 television segment, the new Phoenix Children’s Museum is set to open in the 1913 Monroe School in downtown Phoenix.

Soon-to-open Children’s Museum offers free online tickets

[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal] — The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will celebrate grand opening with free tickets to view the exhibits during its debut weekend, June 14-15.  The free tickets will allow timed entry to the museum, located at 215 N. Seventh St. in the historic Monroe School in downtown Phoenix.  The museum expects big crowds during the opening weekend and visitors are encouraged to get tickets online and then download and print them before arriving at the facility.  For tickets, click on the “Visit” tab here.

Phoenix children’s museum gets $1.15M in grants

Phoenix's Monroe School[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — The Children’s Museum of Phoenix landed a $900,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, museum officials said Thursday.  The museum also received a $250,000 donation from the family of former Attorney General Grant Woods.  Museum supporters have raised $8.1 million for the facility, which hopes to open June 14 in the historic Monroe School at Van Buren and Seventh streets.  The museum needs $12.3 million for construction and renovation work.  When it’s complete, the 55,000-square-foot museum will feature interactive exhibits for infants and children up to age 10.

The hands-on exhibits will include an art studio, a book loft, a “construction zone” for large-scale building and an area with 10,000 blocks, organizers say.  The museum expects to have 500,000 visitors each year, spokeswoman Marion Wiener said.  If the museum doesn’t make its fundraising goal, it won’t open, she added.  Museum officials are confident they’ll raise the necessary money.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]