The Tempe City Council has made major decisions about Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue and Tempe City Hall since the late 1960s. Three of Tempe's earliest elected women share their memories of being on council during those times and reflect on how their decisions have had an impact on Tempe today.
Former Tempe council members Dottie Cooper Nelson, Pat Hatton and Barbara Sherman and Vice Mayor Onnie Shekerjian provide a look at Tempe's recent past in a new Tempe 11 video. Tempe History Makers: Nelson, Hatton, Sherman may be watched on the Tempe 11 YouTube channel. It will also air on the Tempe 11 Cox cable channel.
"Every council builds upon the decisions made in the past," Vice Mayor Onnie Shekerjian said. "I am grateful that our city's leaders have a history of good decisions that have created a very popular downtown that has withstood the test of time and a lake that brings more than 2 million visitors a year."
For more information on the people that have made Tempe great, visit our Biographies page on the Tempe History Museum website. For a slideshow of historic photos of women from throughout Tempe's past, watch our Slideshare presentation.
The Future of Tempe
Mayor Mark Mitchell will provide an outlook for the city and answer questions at 7 p.m. on May 16 at the Third Thursdays lecture series at the Tempe History Museum. This is the last lecture before the series' summer hiatus. Third Thursdays will begin again in September. www.tempe.gov/museumevents
About the Tempe History Museum
The Tempe History Museum explores Tempe’s identity and builds connections between residents and their community. The museum comprehensively shares Tempe history through exhibits, activities, speakers, collections, research services, music and programs that captivate, connect with and delight audiences. The museum is located adjacent to the Tempe Public Library at 809 E. Southern Ave., just west of Rural Road. Admission is always free. www.tempe.gov/museum