Samuel Jay Fox
1948 – 2016
It is with great sadness that we inform all of you of the passing of one of our LPHS Museum docents on June 16th.
Sam had been a docent since we opened in 2012 and he was one of our best. He loved being a docent and was always reading in order to add more information to his tours. He attended every museum opening, ‘Remember When’ event, and Annual Meeting. In addition, he was an ever-willing volunteer – manning our LPHS booth (shown in the photo) at art festivals and helping with our bulk mailing.
Sam gave his last tour on May 24th. He will be greatly missed by all of us who worked with him over the years.
Shalom Sam, may you rest in the hands of God forever.
Newest Exhibit Now Open
The DOCTOR, the DENTIST, and the DRUGSTORE
Step back in time in this exhibit. View what early life in Arizona was like for two beloved men - Robert Milton, MD and George McMillan, DDS - and the neighborhood drugstore. Read more about this exhibit in our current newsletter; Spring 2016 Newsletter > >
Litchfield Park Centennial
Copper Commemorative Coins
You can now purchase your own copper coin commemorating the Litchfield Park Centennial (2017). These coins were designed by Don Crowder of the Arizona Territorial Mint. One side has a carving of Paul Weeks Litchfield – 1875-1959 and the other side has three cotton bolls with Litchfield Park Centennial – 1917-2017 stamped on it. Each coin was made from one Troy ounce (31.1 grams) of .999 pure copper mined in Arizona; and was struck on an 1893 500-pound drop-hammer press. The edge is stamped with a copper-purity verification; and each coin is enclosed in a plastic case to prevent tarnishing.
These beautiful coins are available now in our museum gift shop for $20 each. They make a wonderful gift – for others and for you! Come and see them today.
A Brief History of Litchfield Park
Litchfield Park, Arizona, is a small residential community in Maricopa County, only 2 miles north of I-10 and 16 miles west of central Phoenix - and is the historic center of the Southwest Valley. It is a unique suburban community boasting a wholesome, casual atmosphere with beautiful homes, mature landscaping, charming sidewalk cafes, the celebrated Wigwam Golf Resort, award-winning schools and friendly neighbors. Read more >
Donate a Vehicle Program
The LPHS is partnering with CARS™ in a vehicle donation program. Get rid or an unwanted vehicle and help keep the wheels turning at our Museum. More Info:>
Museum Exhibit News
Former Blimp Pilots, Jim Kaufman and Bob Helfrich recently visited the Museum's current exhibit, Lighter Than Air...Balloons, Blimps and Dirigibles. Bob joined Goodyear Aircraft as an engineer in 1950 and was responsible for the design of the bow stiffening. Jim was piloting a Goodyear air ship over Yankee Stadium in 1956 and had a "birds eye" view of Don Larsen's perfect World Series game.
Welcome to the new website of the Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum. Please explore the site and learn about the museum and the history of Litchfield Park, Arizona.
“I am proud of the good work accomplished by the Litchfield Park Historical Society.”
LPHS Museum housed in historic 'Aunt Mary's House'
Paul W. Litchfield brought Goodyear Tire and Rubber to the area in 1917 to grow long staple cotton and built his winter home, Rancho La Loma. One of the five houses on the estate is the home of the Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum. Read more about the house known by Paul Litchfield's children and grandchildren as 'Aunt Mary's House'. Read more >>