After getting its start in the 1940’s, the Mesa Historical Museum was incorporated in 1966 by citizens concerned about the preservation of Mesa’s rich history. The museum’s original home was at the old City Hall building in downtown Mesa. This is now the location for the Arizona Museum of Natural History. As the names make clear, the Arizona Museum of Natural History focuses on the natural history of the region (including archaeology and paleontology), while the Mesa Historical Museum is dedicated to the exploring and preserving regional heritage.
Come see our object of the month!
Each month we feature some artifact that you may or may not recognize.
February Object of the Month:
Photograph & Marriage License
Our objects of the month are a black a white photo of Elmer Boyle and Alice Shill laying in the grass at Lehi School c. mid- late 1910s and their marriage license from 1921.
Alice Shill graduated from Mesa Union High School in 1917, and married her childhood sweetheart Elmer Boyle on April 30, 1921. Their wedding was witnessed by M.G. Shill and Hazel Shill and was performed by John W. Jones.