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Schedule of Events for 2019

** All events are scheduled at the Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum unless otherwise noted. 


January 25th – Saturday – 10:00am – Annual Meeting – SSHS Elections –

Presentation: They Call Him Mac: Ernest W McFarland – The Arizona Years

February 15th – Saturday – 10:00am-noon – History of Citrus – Presentation by Ed Dobbins 

March 7th – Saturday – Sunnyslope Food Crawl

Sunnyslope Founders Day

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Free – $12

Sunnyslope Founders Day & 20 year Time Capsule opening!

How did Sunnyslope get its name?

 William R. Norton, Founder of Sunnyslope

Meet Cheral Smith-James, grand-daughter of the founder of Sunnyslope, William Norton. She will be sharing Photos and nuances of early family history in Arizona.






Time Capsule Opening!!!

March 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

After the lunch, the Sunnyslope Historical Society Time Capsule – sealed since 1999 – will be opened! What mysteries of the past will be revealed? Be sure to stay around to learn the secrets of the previous millennium.

Limited seating – Reservations Required

March 21st – Saturday – 10am-Noon

March 21st – Saturday – 10am-Noon – Amy Phillips unveils an exclusive collections of Judith Leiber Purses

This is a SSHS Museum Fundraiser 

Limited Seating – Reservations Required

Ms. Phillips will talk about Judith Leiber’s life and her ascent to the top of the fashion industry. Born in Hungary, she began her career as a trainee at a handbag company.  She was the first woman graduated to master craftswoman, becoming the first woman to join the Hungarian Handbag Guild in Budapest. Judith Leiber avoided Nazi persecution when she escaped the Holocaust of World War II. Leiber founded her own business in 1963. She is known for her crystal minaudieres, evening purses made of a metal shell often encrusted with Swarovski crystals, plated with silver or gold and with various forms, such as baby pigs, slices of watermelon, cupcakes, peacocks, penguins and snakes. Sold at exclusive boutiques around the world, her purses may cost up to several thousand dollars and have become a status symbol for many women including many American First Ladies.

Raffle Fundraiser!

The following will be raffled off at the event!

  • An Autographed copy of the book “The Artful Handbag”
  • An original Judith Leiber purse!

The first raffle will be the autographed book and the purse will be drawn second. All remaining tickets after the book drawing will be used in the purse drawing. You DO NOT need to be present to win! The winner, if not present at the event drawing will be notified by phone and/or e-mail provided at time of purchase.

Ticket only packages will be:

  • Individual Raffle ticket – $10.00
  • 3 raffle tickets – $20.00
  • 20 raffle tickets – $100.00

Lunch will be:  Croissant Sandwich, Fresh Cut Fruit Bowl, Sweet Kale Chopped Salad with Poppy-seed Dressing, Organic Mediterranean Salad, All Natural Potato Salad,  All American Triple Layer Chocolate Cake – Beverages provided by Lifeboat Coffee, North Mountain Brewery, & CostCo

 Advance Presentation Packages available:

Desert Mission Package – $40.00 ($50.00 Value) (Presentation Reservation, Lunch, and 1 raffle ticket)

Viking Package – $80.00 ($100.00 Value) (Presentation Reservation, Lunch, and 9 raffle ticket)

Lincoln Package – $120.00 ($250.00 Value) (Presentation Reservation, Lunch, and 21 raffle ticket)


Reserve your seat now!

Reserve Presentation Seat and Package

Buy Tickets for Raffle Only


Sunnyslope Historical Society Gift Shop

Looking for a gift or present for that special someone?

From historical books, postcards, to fine jewelry, souvenir clothing and keepsakes, the Sunnyslope Historical Society Gift Shop has unique items available for purchase.

Gift Shop open during normal museum hours:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please visit our online Gift Shop

Call for historical items – The addition to our collection room extension is finished.  We now have room for more items – if you have any Sunnyslope records or memorabilia to donate please call Rene at 602-684-1607 or call the museum and leave a message 602-331-3150.