2010 Arizona Culturekeepers

[Source: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa]

In conjunction with the Sharlot Hall Museum, Arizona Historical Society, and Historian Marshall Trimble, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is honoring 10 Arizona residents for making a positive impact on the stateís history, culture, environment and/or economy.

Selected from more than 100 nominees, the 2010 Arizona Culturekeepers honorees will be recognized at a luncheon ceremony on Sunday, September 19th, at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

The public is invited to participate in the uniquely Arizonan event. Tickets are $45. To purchase tickets, the public is encouraged to call The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa at 480-624- 1356. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Culturekeepers program, Sharlot Hall Museum and Arizona Historical Society.

The 2010 Arizona Culturekeepers are:

  • Reba Wells Grandrud, Phoenix, Historian
  • Sue Harris, Phoenix, Arizona Performer and Songwriter
  • Annie Anton, Pima, Basket Weaver
  • Frank Barrios, Phoenix, Author, Historian
  • Dan Harkins, Arcadia
  • Bill Owen, Yavapai County, Artist
  • Roxanne Knight, Springerville, Cultural Preservation
  • Aaron Cohen, Scottsdale, Western Book Dealer
  • Rose Mofford, Globe, Humanitarian, Historic Preservation
  • Scottsdale Charros

Each Culturekeeper will be presented with an award that describes the individual’s or groupís contributions to the state. Plaques with photos of each honoree will be displayed along the walls of the Resort’s meeting space, including Culturekeepers Hall, a special area of the hotel adjacent to the Kierland Grand Ballroom.

The Arizona Culturekeepers were selected based on the following criteria:

  • A Culturekeeper must have worked to preserve the image of Arizona.
  • This individual must maintain the traditions, rituals and/or cultures that have made Arizona a home and a preferred travel destination for decades. These could be artistic, ethnic or historic traditions or activities. These could be actions taken to preserve Arizona’s natural environment or animal habitat.
  • A Culturekeeper must have a long-time commitment to services as a keeper or influencer of Arizona culture and have served the state through paid or volunteer efforts.
  • The recognition will honor the individual who has demonstrated a passionate dedication to the issue, hobby or endeavor that keeps Arizonaís culture alive.
  • This individual must have lived within Arizonaís borders during the time for which they are being recognized, and they must be living.

About Arizona CultureKeepers:

Working in conjunction with the Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa designed the Culturekeepers program to recognize state residents who are committed to upholding the traditions, rituals and culture of Arizona.

Established in 2002, the Culturekeepers will continue to announce and recognize 10 individuals during an annual event at The Westin Kierland for the next two years. By the stateís centennial in 2012, 100 Culturekeepers will have been honored at the Resort. The selection committee is led by Marshall Trimble, Official State Historian and was originated by Katherine “Kax” Herberger, longtime Valley philanthropist, who passed away in 2003.

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