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Join Us in Restoring a piece of Mesa's History!

The Mesa Historical Museum proudly announces the launch of a capital campaign aimed at revitalizing the historic Lehi Auditorium, transforming it into Play Ball: The Arizona Baseball Museum, showcasing the rich history of baseball and celebrating the various baseball legends who played in Arizona. 

The auditorium is a substantial concrete building constructed in 1939 as a Depression-era WPA project. Both the Lehi school and the auditorium are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. After the school was closed in the 1970s, the auditorium continued to serve as a community space for meetings, dances, reunions and other events. However, in the early 2000s, it was deemed to be unsuitable for public use.

The auditorium’s electrical wiring needs to be upgraded, the roof needs to be replaced, the wheelchair ramp and railing must be reconstructed and the outside needs to be stripped of its old peeling paint so it can have a few fresh coats after years of neglect. Renovating the Lehi Auditorium will not only benefit the museum by enhancing our visitor experience, it will also benefit the Mesa community.

Enhancing the Visitor Experience
During the spring training season, MHM visitation increases by over fifty percent. Imagine if the entire baseball exhibit could be housed within the 4,000 sq ft auditorium! MHM could display all of the baseball stories and memorabilia at one time, giving the visitor a better quality experience as well as attracting more visitors to Mesa.

Community Benefits
Restoring the Lehi Auditorium would also create a venue for people throughout Mesa who want to hold high school reunions, community meetings, etc. The space is large enough to accommodate a baseball exhibit as well as small private events. The rental fees for the space would help make this exhibit self-sustaining and provide a dual use for this historic building.

How Can You Help?
Our campaign kicks off on January 1, 2024! Your generous donations will go directly towards the renovation of the auditorium so we can open the new Play Ball: The Arizona Baseball Museum exhibit right here in Mesa! Join us in preserving a vital part of Mesa’s history. Together we can make a lasting impact on our community!

  • Donate

  • Buy-A-Brick

Purchase a commemorative brick for yourself, your business, or in memory or honor of someone else.

You can purchase a 4x8 Brick for $200 or an 8x8 Brick for $375
(once you click 'Buy' you can choose which option)
You can add a logo for an extra $25 (will have to add separately, available as another option)

(logo or simple clipart only - we cannot do photo images)
Can send high quality photo (jpeg or png) to
Please add what you want engraved in the provided area.

Or you can email or mail in the following form:

Here are some ideas of clipart you can add to the brick,
if you need help finding the perfect image let us know and we can help!

  • Donor Wall Contributions

Your donation includes recognition on our donor wall which will be featured in our auditorium / Play Ball exhibit. We have the following levels to be included on our donor wall:

  • Most Valuable Player - $10,000-$5,000

  • All Star - $4,999-$1,000

  • Rookie of the Year - $999-250

If you are interested, please contact us at or by calling 480-835-2286 ext. 101
Please review our Donor Wall Contributions form here:

  • Naming Opportunities

We have several naming opportunities for our auditorium and exhibit!
If you are interested, please contact us at or by calling 480-835-2286 ext. 101
Please review our list of naming opportunities here:

Capital Campaign Committee

Honorary Chairman: Mayor John Giles

Anita Peters, MHM President

Greg Marek, MHM Vice President

Susan Ricci, MHM Director

Jacob Martinez, MHM Board

Mark Freeman, Councilmember

Rob Brinton

Joe Pun, Oakland Athletics

Bobby Freeman
Vince Antico
Lou Klimchock

Ann Patterson Cleghorn

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Contact Us: For more information email us or call at (480) 835-2286 ext. 101

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