On Exhibit Now
The Great Migration: Indiscernibles in Arizona
Stevens-Haustgen Heritage Gallery | FREE admission
New to Heritage Square in January 2020, this exhibit explores Arizona’s part in the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from approximately 1915 to 1970. Mainstream narratives of the state have previously marginalized Black people and left out their stories, rendering them indiscernible. This exhibit tells their story, exploring the search for new beginnings and financial opportunity, as well as the experiences of racism and isolation faced by both early migratory cotton pickers and newer residents. It provides a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Black Arizonans, celebrates the survival of their ancestors, and of their establishment of enduring and thriving communities in the Valley of the Sun.
This exhibit is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project of the same name developed by Emancipation Arts, LLC in collaboration with ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
Visitor Center Exhibit
Heritage Square’s Visitor Center is host to a new exhibit that explores Phoenix history. Beginning with the Hohokam and looking at the Victorians and beyond, this exhibit answers the question we often receive, “Why is Phoenix here?” Browsing through this exhibit is free.
Rosson House Museum
Is a 2,800 square foot Eastlake Victorian style home, built in 1895 by Dr. and Mrs. Roland Rosson. A classic example of the late Victorian style, it is fully restored to its original grandeur. Experience what life was like for residents of Phoenix in territorial Arizona. Docent-guided tours feature all living areas of the house and highlight the stories, people and places that influenced the property and surroundings. Tours are available during regular business hours, and last 45-60 minutes. An admission fee is charged.
The Rosson House was restored in the 1970s through a community effort involving the City of Phoenix, dozens of local institutions and hundreds of volunteers. To learn more about the restoration of the Rosson House, view this video, courtesy KAET.