Message #88
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date:	Thu, 5 Mar 1998 
Subject: Events At AHS Museum, Tempe

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Janet E. Cantley jcantley@juno.com

Family Fun and Activities at Arizona Historical Society
Museum, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe  at Papago Park

The public is invited to be part of our exhibit and
development process:

Arizona Room Day, March 21 12 - 3 p.m.
Does your house have an "Arizona room"? Come to the
museum and tell us about it (bring photographs or
floor plans if you have them). Attend our exhibit
treatment presentation during this day to learn
about the Arizona room. At noon, Jeffrey Cook,
from the School of Architecture at A.S.U., will
give a slide-talk on Arizona architecture and
Arizona rooms.  Hear our plans for the up-coming
exhibit, Desert Cities:  Growing Up and Out.
Activities for young people include designing and
building an Arizona Room from cardboard and paper.

Moving to Arizona Day, April 4, 12 - 3 p.m.
"Where are you from?" In a place where the population
is exploding, and has been since the end of World War
II, that is a common question when you first meet
someone. Come for an afternoon of "moving" experiences.
We will be unveiling a key artifact for our soom-to-be-
opened exhibit, Desert Cities: Growing Up and Out. We
are looking for items you brought with you during your
move to Arizona. Maybe you brought a tennis racquet,
anticipating sunny skies and leisure. Perhaps you packed
a quilt from Aunt Mary and ice skates, which have been
stored in a corner of the garage ever since. Let us tell
you how we will exhibit such items, and how they will
tell the story of growth and change in the Valley. Other
activities include a living history presentation, games,
and your personal, geographic "hometown cooking." For
additional information, call (602) 929-0292, extension
131 or 143.

From: Sarah Cunkleman
OK. I'll bite.  What's an Arizona Room?

An Arizona Room is an enclosed screened-in porch with
half-walls and a concrete floor attached to a house.
Prior to air conditioning, many persons slept in their
Arizona Room to get relief from the heat. The rooms
provided deep shade and air circulation. Wet sheets
could be hung for evaporative relief. A friend recently
suffered a bite from a brown recluse spider. He had
brought in the exterminator to kill all the crickets in
the Arizona Room, but the spider evaded the the spraying.
My friend was sitting in his Arizona Room reading the
newspaper when the spider crawled up his leg and bit
him. His leg was destroyed by the venom of a spider
who had lost its food supply and was either hungry or
pissed off!  -- SASIG Ed.

From: Jim West
I am not sure this is the way I should respond but if I
don't do it now, i will forget. Your Arizona room
comments reminded me of my own youth in Phoenix. I grew
up at 338 North 4th Avenue. We did not have an Arizona
room per se but a screened in back porch that served the
same purpose that is described in your response to Sara
Cunkleman. Our porch did not have a cement floor but was
wood at about the 3' level. The entire house in fact had
wood floors that were about 3' above the ground.  In mid
May, the entire family would move out onto the screen
porch and sleep there until about mid September.  Yes, we
occasionaly hung sheets for cooling. I was about 10 (1939)
when we got our first swamp box on the side of the house.
We still slept on the porch however until we moved from
that house in 1948. Occasionally my mother would let my
brother and I sleep under the swamp box on really hot
nights but it was just too expensive to run the fan all
night. I only mention this as many people had these screen
porches in the early days but they did not have the cement
floors. Most were part of frame house. The house at 338
North 4th Avenue is one of two that remain on that block
and that porch is still there . I stopped by there about
two months ago when I was in Phoenix, and the new school
for homeless children is right next to it. I believe they
call it the Panetta school. My granfather bought that
house in 1913 and later gave it to my mother . My aunt
still owns it to this day.

-- Jim West, Sacramento Archeological Society