Come by -- be a part of our history and success as a volunteer!

It began with a meeting in School Superintendent Ralph Pomeroy’s office in 1988 to share ideas around saving the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School house.  With an initiative of volunteers, a tea party was held at the Community Center on February 14th. It was the 77th anniversary of Arizona becoming the 48th state admitted to the Union. The support was tremendous and encouraged the effort by the community to restore the school in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Thanks to the efforts of the San Tan Historical Society members and volunteers, the school was placed on the Arizona Historical Registry in 1990.  It is one of the last historic landmarks in the Queen Creek area.

From this volunteer enthusiasm, the San Tan Historical Society was established in 1990 and has been recognized as a non-profit organization in good standing and exempted from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3)  since September 1992.  It’s been our family of volunteers with clear objectives, sound decisions, and initiatives established on cooperation that have ensured our continued success.

Some of our immediate needs are:
    •    Greeting Visitors during Museum hours - Saturdays of your choice between 9 AM and 1 PM
    •    Organizing Photos and Newspapers for archiving, scanning, and inventory
    •    Inventorying exhibit artifacts
    •    Observing and recommending enhancements to the Board.

Your responsibilities will be aligned to your skills and interests.  Orientation will be provided by current volunteers.  You set your own schedule.


There are many ways to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Send an email to us, stop by the museum on a Saturday morning to visit with current volunteers, or call Dave Salge at (480) 797-2075 for more information.


Web Links

Arizona Archaelogical Society

Make Higley Historic, Your Friendly Higley Historian Blogspot

San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Parks & Recreation

Town of Queen Creek, Arizona, Town History