Nancy Burgess is the 2010 recipient of the Sharlot Hall Award.

[Source: Mike Lange,] – Arizona native Nancy Burgess, whose decades-long historic preservation efforts have left an indelible mark on Prescott and the state, has been honored as the 2010 recipient of the Sharlot Hall Award for valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history. Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director John Langellier presented the award to Burgess at the August 6th Western History Symposium dinner at the St.Michael Hotel in downtown Prescott.

Burgess, the retired Historic Preservation Specialist for the City ofPrescott, has had a life-long passion for the history of theGrand CanyonState. Since 1987 her work in historic preservation has included projects that provide protection, interpretation, education, rehabilitation and restoration of scores of significant and unique cultural resources inCentral Arizona. She played a major role in grants for several historic districts in the city, three walking tours and the creation of a handbook for owners of historic properties. Burgess also authored heritage preservation publications, produced a historic preservation ordinance, championed adaptive re-use of several properties including the magnificent Elks Opera House, worked diligently for the Citizens Cemetery, developed an impressive historic marker program, skillfully prepared numerous National Register nominations for the City of Prescott, the City of Sedona, the Federal Government, and for private property owners, and has been an important presence in statewide preservation. Her efforts paved the way forPrescottreceiving the prestigious designation of a Preserve America Community in 2005 and the following year joining the distinguished ranks of the National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive Designations. In addition, Burgess has found time to write books and articles on preservation while she and her husband have personally restored five National Register properties.

The annual Sharlot Hall Award originated in 1984 to recognize a livingArizonawoman as a counterpart to the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, which honors women posthumously. A committee reviews nominations from aroundArizona. Museum founder Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943) achieved fame as a poet, activist, politician, andArizona’s first territorial historian. As early as 1907, she saw the need to saveArizona’s history and planned to develop a museum. She began to collect both Native American andpioneer material. In 1909, Hall was appointed Territorial Historian and became the first woman to hold territorial office. In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor’s residence and offices and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents opening it as a museum in 1928. For the remainder of her life, she worked to preserveArizona’s historic past. Her diligent efforts inspired others to continue contributing to the preservation of earlyArizonaand American history.

Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Heritage grants program returns in 2011

[Source: Gretchen Mominee, Phoenix Nature Examiner] – The Heritage Funds grant program is back this year after being on a one-year hiatus, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website.  During the time the grants were not being offered, the Game and Fish Department created an entirely revised application, eligibility, scoring and award notification process.  This year’s grant application deadline is September 30, 2011. For more information about applying for grants or for application forms, click here.  

An informational workshop for interested applicants will take place at Game and Fish’s Phoenix headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Hwy on Monday, August 22. Participants may choose from two sessions, from 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To R.S.V.P. for a workshop, call Heritage Grants Coordinator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530Workshops need at least three pre-registered attendees at each location to occur.

September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. MST is the deadline for grant applications

Community shows support for proposed Fredonia High School Swim Team

[Source: Southern Utah News, Kelly Hilding] – The Fredonia Town Council held a work meeting last week to discuss Fredonia High School’s request to use the town pool for a swim team. Community members from Kanab and Fredonia filled the council chambers to show their support of the proposal.

Fredonia Moccasin School District Superintendent Nicholas Bartlett presented the proposal to the council. He explained he had discussed with Killer Whales coach John Horlacher what would need to be done for the high school to have a swim team. It was determined it would not be feasible for a team to travel to Hurricane for practices. Ideally, the Fredonia pool should be utilized. In order for it to be used, however, a covering of some kind would need to be placed over the facility to keep it warm through November.

The school district offered to purchase and install some sort of dome over the Fredonia pool if the council agreed to keep the facility open for the team to practice. The type of dome is currently being researched. Mayor Scott Heaton expressed his support for the idea, but also his concern for where the funding to keep the pool open would come from [to read the full article click here].

Homolovi State Park Specialty Pueblo Tours

Join Ranger Chad at Homolovi State Park for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 150 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River. It was occupied for a short time in the late 1200s, but the site also includes petroglyphs from a much earlier time. The Homolovi Research Program excavated this site for the first time in 1989.

Homolovi IV tours will take place this fall on the following dates: September 24, October 1, October 2 (in conjunction with Flagstaff Festival of Science), October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29, weather permitting. The tours will begin at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10:00AM and be finished by 12:30PM and are limited to 15 participants. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106.

Normal fees apply for special events/day use: $7 per vehicle with up to 4 adults, and $3 for each additional adult. Camping fees are $18 if you do not use the electricity and $25 if you need the electricity. For more information call Homolovi at (928) 289-4106, located five miles northeast of Winslow, Arizona off of I-40 (exit 257 on State Road 87). The park campground is convenient to I-40 and accommodates large rigs, as well as tent camping. For more information about the 30 State Parks, statewide hiking opportunities, off-highway vehicle trails, and other outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities in Arizona, call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit Visit AZStateParks on Facebook and Twitter or you can load the “Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder” mobile app for your smartphone. The link is: