The Graham County Historical Society has been a fixture of the Gila Valley since 1964. Since that time, volunteer members have worked to preserve and share the history of Graham County and southeastern Arizona. We have done this through public presentations, annual symposiums, field treks, publications, ongoing research and, until recently, museum exhibits.
We have had museums in several locations including the historical Odd Fellows Home which is now the City of Safford Annex. Most recently our museum was located in the old Thatcher High School (built in 1917), which has been replaced by a new building. Since that time, we have packed and stored all of our artifacts and exhibit materials.
We are now moving forward on our next museum and have acquired a 10,000-square-foot metal building that has been dismantled and moved to the Graham County Fairgrounds, its likely new location. We have begun grant writing for Phase II of the project, which will include architectural and engineering renderings We will need approximately $200,000 to reconstruct this building including site prep, pouring a foundation, adding a new roof and insulation, installing utilities, and creating interior walls. When those steps are complete, we will be designing and constructing our new exhibits.
You can help support this goal by clicking on the Join/Donate tab above. Financial contributions and memberships are tax deductible; volunteer time is greatly appreciated.