Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks


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The Tempe Historical Society is proud to present a free lunchtime lecture series commemorating the development of Tempe and the state of Arizona.

The Lunch Talks feature various speakers from around the state.

Bring your lunch and enjoy these presentations monthly from October through November and January through April. Coffee will be provided.


October 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m.              Douglas Akey "The Tempe Symphony Orchestra"

Enjoy a lunchtime presentation by conductor Douglas Akey about the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. It has been a highly respected part of Tempe's musical scene since it was founded in 1975. It gives the community's adult musicians an avenue to pursue their love of music and continue to advance their musicianship.

November 12, 2014, 11:30 a.m         Dick George    “Houses of Worship”

In March 2012 when Dick George started the Tempe Houses of Worship Project, he still called them "churches," he guessed there were maybe 30 within the city limits, and he figured it would take him six months to finish and donate the results to the Tempe History Museum. By the time he brought it to a close fourteen months later, he had learned a lot about names, numbers, and diversity.

Lo Res Sri Vendata Krishna Kshetra 

Sri Vendata Krishna Kshetra


January 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m              Rudy Campbell  “My Four Worlds”

Rudy Campbell came to Mesa with his family from Oklahoma in a Depression era Westward-bound caravan and grew up to go from counting and sorting parking meter coins as a City of Mesa part time employee to being a successful banker. He was vice-president/manager at Tempe's First State Bank. He became a member of the Tempe City Council in 1956, and mayor in the city's first public mayoral election in 1965.

February 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m            Pat Carr Mahoney  

                               "Secrets from The Pink Chair:  A struggle for life among the dead…”

Pat Carr Mahoney describes her debut novel as fiction, based on facts related to watching, as a young girl, her mother prepare the deceased for funerals at Tempe’s historic Carr Mortuary. Pat earned an ASU degrees in print journalism, education and counseling.  

March 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m                  Dr. Robert Kravetz          

                                    “Arizona Territorial Medicine:  Healers Hucksters and Heroes

 Retired gastroenterologist, Robert Kravetz will trace Arizona's medical history from the pre-Civil War to statehood. Learn how doctors treated injuries of the day -- arrow wounds, amputations of lead shot and shattered bones and what instruments, herbs and patent medicines doctors carried in their saddlebags.  Dr. Kravetz’s presentation will include a display of period medical instruments.

Med exhibit 


April 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m                        Marshall Trimble

                                               "Hucksters, Con Men and Bamboozlers"

The Arizona Territory proved to be an ideal place for swindlers and con artists to ply their trade. Million-dollar corporations were created on non-existent mines in Arizona's remote mountains, selling useless stock to eastern speculators. Land fraud also enriched these grifters who proved over and over again that P.T. Barnum was right, "There's a sucker born every minute."