Sunnyslope Historical Society & Museum

** Now Offering Classes for Using Zoom Meeting — Click Here for More Info **


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.

Invest in AZ! We’re excited to announce that Sunnyslope Historical Society is joining this year’s #AZGivesDay — a statewide, 48-hour online giving campaign.

Early giving has begun! Donate today and your donation will count towards our #AZGivesDay total on April 5 & 6. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000.00 so we can perform needed repairs and maintenance on out museum and 1945 house. YES! I want to help Support Sunnyslope!




Thank You Arizona Humanities for caring about Sunnyslope’s Cultural Center!

Sunnyslope Historical Society is honored to receive a rapid-response grant from Arizona Humanities. This funding was made available to cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are made available by the Congressional CARES Act through the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Hours of operation:

**Temporary COVID-19 Hours**

**Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and by appointment**

**We will resume our regular hours as soon as we are able.**

We are located at 737 E. Hatcher road Phoenix, AZ 85020 

Closed on major holidays. Please see our calendar for details.                                  

Upcoming Events             View our Calendar!

We look forward to hosting several of Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks virtual events. Dates and times to be determined. Please keep checking back for updates!


VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Honky Tonks, Brothels and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona with Jay Cravath

In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities evolved orchestras, opera and glee clubs—all in hamlets like Tombstone. Here, a miner off shift at the Bird Cage could enjoy the proceedings while gambling at a table, or listen behind drawn curtains with a companion of his choice. Perhaps the most popular form of musical entertainment was the concert band, in shells and stages throughout the state.

**This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities



Norton Homestead
Norton Homestead


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.  During the summer we will be putting up new exhibits and getting ready for our fall opening in September.  For those of you who enjoy history we are digitizing our collection!  If you can put in volunteer hours during the summer, we need people who will be able to type information into the computer from our library index card.  We will be glad to show you how to do this.

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

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, and Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm each week, September-May . 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 your 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 Century 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