Glendale History

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Glendale Community College has played a significant role in the development of our surrounding communities since our dedication in 1965. More than 32,000 students are enrolled in a wide variety of degree and certificate programs on their way to achieving personal goals that are as diverse as the people we serve. From learning more on a particular subject to earning a degree or certificate to preparing for a new career or transfer to a university, GCC students are hard at work, making life happen.

Glendale Public Library

Glendale Public Library System has a main library and two branches, Foothills and Velma Teague. It is the oldest library in the Phoenix metro area, serving residents since 1895. The mission of Glendale Public Library, a service-oriented organization, is to provide free and equal access, without prejudice and discrimination, to each man, woman and child in the community.

Glendale Historical Society

Founded in 1973, the Glendale Arizona Historical Society is a highly visible force in historic preservation in Glendale, Arizona. The Society is dedicated to historic preservation in the broadest sense, including collecting and preserving artifacts, photographs, oral histories and written materials. Society members have also demonstrated a special attachment to and love for some of the historic buildings of the city, especially Manistee Ranch and Sahuaro Ranch. The Society has diligently restored these buildings, which are now used as a home base for the Glendale Arizona Historical Society.

Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area

One of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent ranches, the 17-acre Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area features 13 original historic buildings and structures, a rose garden, barnyard, and orchards. The lush grounds include citrus, figs, date palms, olives, apricots, peaches, pecans, and grapes. Visitors will also see peacocks, chickens, and perhaps other small animals.

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Founded in 1946 on the grounds of the deactivated airbase Thunderbird Field I, Thunderbird (a.k.a. American Institute for Foreign Trade) was the first graduate management school focused exclusively on global business. Now, Thunderbird School of Global Management is regarded as the world's leading institution in the education of global managers and has operations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Asia. Ranked #1 in international business by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and U.S. News and World Report, Thunderbird is dedicated to educating global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide. Its graduates are distinguished by a global mindset that allows them to work successfully with individuals from diverse cultures and to manage effectively in different social, economic, and political environments. More than 38,000 students have graduated from Thunderbird, and its alumni live and work in more than 140 countries.

The Arizona Memory Project ( is an online effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions.

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Glendale will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2010, while the state’s Centennial is coming February 14, 2012.

The Glendale History Online project was created to help both residents and researchers understand our heritage by bringing a photographic history of Glendale alive. Glendale Public Library partnered with Glendale Arizona Historical Society, Glendale Community College, Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area and Thunderbird School of Global Management to share their collective histories with you.

Future enhancements will include photos from our newest partner, Luke Air Force Base, and oral histories.

By clicking on the links to the left, you will be taken to our sites in the Arizona Memory Project, an online effort to provide access to a wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions.

Glendale History Online is funded through a grant from The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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