Meet the Museum's new Executive Director Susan Ricci!

Susan Ricci, a grant writer, served as founder and executive director of the Museum of the American Bison located at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. She has been providing lectures on bison restoration and Native American buffalo culture at schools, conferences, museums and community events across the country for the past fifteen years. She co-produced an historic documentary, Return of the Native for the Intertribal Buffalo Council and has written several historic preservation projects for tribes in the Midwest. Ricci received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Black Hills State University.


Executive Director

Susan Ricci

480-835-2286 ext. 101


Shannon Maki

Operations Manager

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Ryan Badertscher

Collections Department

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J. Anthony Peters

Exhibition Designer

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Museum Staff

Board Members


Anita Peters (Chair)

Anita was born in New Jersey, went to college in Michigan and has lived in Arizona since 1973. She has worked most of her life in the medical field and currently is a realtor for Century 21 Ahwatukee Foothills. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mesa Historical Museum and on the Board of Directors of the Mesa Hohokams.

Spencer Morgan (Vice Chair)

Christopher Bown (Treasurer)

Chris is responsible for the accounting of Commercial Properties, Inc as the Corporate Controller. Christopher has worked in both the public and private sector and has experience in audit, tax, forensic and managerial accounting. With his extensive background with business software systems, and an eagerness to help those around him, Christopher has become a highly valuable member of the team. Christopher holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Susan Waggoner (Secretary)


Other Board Members:

Jamie Aiken

Lars Christensen

Jacob Martinez

Ken Shadley

Shelly Udall

 Mission Statement 


The Mesa Historical Society records and tells the stories of Mesa residents, past and present. Through creative exhibitions and programming, the society educates, inspires, and engages the Mesa community in our local history and culture.


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Old Lehi School

2345 N. Horne

Mesa, AZ 85203

Phone: 480-835-2286


Closed on Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

Adults                     $5

Seniors (65+)          $4

Military Personnel  $4

Youth (under 21)    $3

Children under 3   free

Groups (10+)         $3

Members               free

For information on group tours, click here:

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