Sunnyslope Historical Society & Museum

At the museum you can explore and learn via two galleries about the educational facilities; daily living; early beginnings and families of this humble community; William R. Norton & his development of the Sunny Slope Townsite; the significant roles of the Desert Mission, and later, John C. Lincoln Hospital, played in the community as well as the burgeoning businesses that have helped keep Sunnyslope viable to this day.

***We are having a Tour of Holiday Lights on December 10, 2017.  Tickets are available now.***  Click here for more information.

Museum & Society Headquarters

737 E. Hatcher Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85020



Mission Statement

The mission of the Sunnyslope Historical Society shall be to promote, encourage and foster research of the history of Sunnyslope.  We do this by collecting, preserving and disseminating materials and information relating to the history of Sunnyslope; encouraging and instructing members in the ethical principles, scientific methods and effective techniques of historical research.


Call for Volunteers and Donations

We are seeking volunteers to staff our museum!  Please click here for more information; training will be provided.

Please consider joining the Sunnyslope Historical Society or making a donation.

Museum Hours & Admission

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  


Dear members and friends:

The Sunnyslope Historical Society has been in existence since 1989. We have been at this location, 737 E. Hatcher Road since 2002. Each year we have been able to provide exhibits, speakers and refreshments, by using money from memberships, donations and grants.  We are in need of new members and new donations. The history and artifacts of this area are interesting. We go back to the early 1800s when people began coming here for the benefits of the dry air and sunshine to heal their illnesses. We are looking for members who are proud of this area of Phoenix. We need people to be docents, researchers and librarians to help us properly record the pictures, news clippings, artifacts and relevant books and magazines. We need your ideas concerning the type of programs that would interest today’s younger people.

Please reply to this email by sharing your interests. We are open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10;00 am until 3:00 pm each week . There is no charge for visiting this museum. If you are willing to visit us, just drop in. If you like what you see join as a member and give us your suggestions.

If you are willing to send a donation we are a 501c3 and you can deduct your donation from your income tax. Just make you check out to Sunnyslope Historical Society. You can also designate that the money is “ in memory of” or “for an anniversary or a birthday” or some other occasion and we will put it in the next newsletter. You can also buy a brick to be placed in the courtyard and we will send you a form to put the wording on the brick. You can also just include the wording with your check. Bricks are $100 each.

Please mail your check to Sunnyslope Historical Society

737 E. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ 85020


Coming up


Saturday, October 21, 2017 at noon we are partnering with Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County to have a Cultural Potluck to get to know each other.  Each person or family will bring a dish of food that is typical of the country where they grew up.  The members of the Sunnyslope Historical Society will bring food that they remember form their youth.  Everyone is welcome.  Please bring your favorite food.  You must let us know how many are coming.  Call Literacy Volunteers at 602-943-7332, or the museum 602-331-3150.  Children are welcome but please let us know how many adults and how many children are coming.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10 am, The Veterans Day Celebration – honoring all veterans.

Who: Jared Smith, Curator of History, Tempe History Museum.

What: Join us for a free presentation of early Arizona History of the Salt River Valley and early settlers.  Curator Jared Smith will address overcoming environmental challenges and economic growth over a range of industries.  He will include development of towns, education, and the military.