Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

“Arizona: 100 Years Grand” is a geographical, historical and cultural collection of our state’s best and brightest people, places and events during the first century of statehood.

As the official book of the Arizona Centennial, this treasury celebrates our unique history, highlights our struggles and triumphs, presents our crown jewels, and leaves any reader dazzled by our state.

 The foreword includes thoughts from Arizona leaders, and each year from 1912 to 2012 is featured on a double-page layout including photographs by legendary names like Josef Muench. In addition to the 101 main stories, a timeline throughout the book highlights other important and colorful aspects of our first century.

 For Arizona residents who love our state, this is a retrospective of its greatest hits. From Gov. George W.P. Hunt walking to the statehood ceremonies to Gov. Rose Mofford greeting Mother Teresa, our political path is traced. Our social events -- from the opening of the Arizona Inn to the centennial of El Tovar -- live in these pages, along with Navajo Code Talkers, Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, thriving museums and treasured churches.

 For newcomers and novices, “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” educates while it entertains...with tales of how the Chapel of the Holy Cross came to the red rocks of Sedona; what goes on behind the innocuous entrance to the Navajo Army Depot; who Sharlot Hall was before she became a profile on a museum sign.

 Surprising anecdotes await even those who know our state well: about the manager of a drugstore on the Winslow "Standin’ On A" corner who always wore a hat; about Buckey O’Neill’s statue barely arriving at its own dedication; about a baseball game between a team of Tucsonans and Japanese-Americans -- played a half-century later than planned.

 “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” is a visual hymn to a colorful place like no other.




 OneBookAZ was created to bring communities together through literature.  Beginning in March every year for the past decade, this program has encouraged residents around our state to read the same book at the same time and participate in discussions and programs centered around that book.

 Secretary of State Ken Bennett said, “This fantastic program fosters a sense of community through the shared experience of reading the same book.”  With Arizona’s 100th birthday this year, voters chose from four finalists a book that will spotlight the Centennial, with themes unique to Arizona.

 During March, April, and May, events around the state will be held at libraries and community venues, where Lisa will meet with readers to discuss the book.  In addition, the Arizona Library and Archives donates copies to school and public libraries around the state, to make the book accessible to as many Arizonans as possible.  A readers’ guide with questions will be posted on the OneBookAZ website.

 For the schedule of events around the state, visit

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