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Litchfield Park, AZ  85340


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Sonja Hendrick



            This past week the LPHS lost one of its most devoted volunteers – Sonja Hendrick. 

She had been with the organization almost from its inception.   Sonja served on the Board of Directors beginning in 2005; and briefly as President in 2009/10.  She continued on as Past President from 2010, as a museum docent from 2012, and headed our “Remember When” Series until almost two years ago when illness prevented her from continuing.

 Sonja HendrickSonja Hendrick

            During the years of her involvement with the organization, Sonja edited our semi-annual newsletter for six years, handled our bulk mailings, co-chaired our Reunion de los Campos de Litchfield Park with Belen Soto Moreno in 2006, and chaired our oral history project for over 12 years.  Her work with our oral history project contributed to the over 200 oral histories the Society holds in its archive.  She also assisted in the production of the DVD “Voices from the Camps of Litchfield Park.”   That, in turn, resulted in our organization winning Westmarc’s Best of the West award for a partnership project with ASU West on the Camps of Litchfield Park in 2006.

             Sonja was a loyal friend, an honest voice, and offered assistance whenever and wherever it was needed.  No job was beneath her attention.  Her willing spirit was evident whenever she would say, “Tell me what you need and I’ll do it.”  She had high standards, a sharp wit, and didn’t suffer fools gladly.   Many of her former students would make their way to the museum to report to her on their progress through life.  She always greeted them with a hug and her undivided attention, sending them off with well wishes for their future.

             So many memories of Sonja are wrapped up in our museum.  She had a significant influence on our organization and left a legacy for which we will be forever grateful.  While her illness resulted in a period of a long goodbye for all of us, her passing left a sudden and profound absence in our hearts.  She will be truly missed for a very long time.  Vaya con Diós dear friend.


Judy Cook



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Los Campos, The Camps of Litchfield Park 1929-1986 cover photoLos Campos, The Camps of Litchfield Park 1929-1986 cover photo




Now Available!   

Los Campos  The Camps of Litchfield Park 1929-1986

Written by Cruz Pariga Dominguez and Belen Soto Moreno, this long awaited book is now available at the Museum Gift Shop.  It contains over 300 photos and tells the story of the Mexican-Americans (both immigrant and native born) in Litchfield Park.  It covers 1929-1986 in photos and anecdotes of life written by the authors who grew up in the Camps.  This book is a MUST HAVE for the many families that have a connection to Litchfield Park.