Welcome historians & Grand Canyon enthusiasts!
The 2016 History Symposium was a rousing success! We'd like to sincerely thank the Park, the presenters, the volunteers, event partners, and all our members without whom such an event would not have been possible. Collectively, we're able to celebrate and promote the study and preservation of the Grand Canyon region's cultural and natural history.
For a slideshow of this year's symposium, go to the 2016 symposium page.
Get involved in Grand Canyon Historical Society activities! Come join us for 2017 Events! For further details, see the Outings page.
The 2012 History Symposium publication is now available from the Grand Canyon Historical Society Store. Order yours today!
About the GCHS
The Grand Canyon Historical Society is a non-profit corporation under IRS Code 501(c)(3). Our Mission Statement:
The Grand Canyon Historical Society celebrates and promotes the study and preservation of the Grand Canyon region's cultural and natural history for the education and enjoyment of its members and the public.
The Grand Canyon Historical Society was founded in 1984 in Flagstaff, AZ. Originally called the Grand Canyon Pioneers Society, the name was changed in 2002.
Membership is open to any person interested in the historical, educational, and charitable purposes of the Grand Canyon Historical Society. Online payments accepted... You can start or renew your membership and/or make a Scholarship donation online! Go to our Membership page to see how.
Members meet up for programs and visits to historic sites. The Grand Canyon Historical Society is an informal and congenial group who has fun and learns about the area at the same time.
The Grand Canyon Historical Society publishes and preserves information concerning upcoming and past events of the group along with letters and articles written by members; the Society Store includes publications by authors recounting the little known history of Grand Canyon.
Scholarship & Research Grant
The Grand Canyon Historical Society awards a $1,500 scholarship to a graduate student at Northern Arizona University for use in research of the Grand Canyon area.
Grand Canyon Pioneer Award is presented by the Grand Canyon Historical Society. Grand Canyon Hall of Fame Award for Community Service is presented by the Grand Canyon Historical Society and the National Park Service Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Historical Society has established a collection, has organized clean up projects, provides support for work on restoration and preservation projects, and has oral history projects in the works.
Meet the GCHS Board!
The July 2016 Grand Canyon Historical Society Board Meeting was a lot of fun. The GCHS Board members are (L to R) Phil Payne, Ron Brown, Donelle Huffer, Dave Mortenson, Arnie Richards, Kathy Farretta, Ellen Brennan, Amy Horn, Wayne Ranney, and Jack Pennington. GCHS Board Member Tom Martin took this picture. Absent Board Members are Jon Streit, Frank Romaglia, Haley Johnson and Doug Rickard.
GC Events, Social Media & Lectures
Scenic view looking west from Pima Point to the Colorado River, taken from the West Rim Drive. Photo courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection.
We are pleased to announce that GCHS t-shirts and other logo gear are available and ready for purchase. We have created a GCHS online store front on CafePress (the leading print-on-demand merchandise site) with gear using our new Desert View watchtower and Canyon of Books images that James Hayford generously created for us.
Links of interest to Grand Canyon and history buffs, including a link to the best Grand Canyon reference site: Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River for materials published between 1540 and the present.