Maricopa Museum and Visitor Center at Heritage Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Years of work by the City of Maricopa and the Maricopa Historically Society, are soon to culminate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Maricopa Museum and Visitor Center at Heritage Park.

“Our history is what binds us together. many of us are new to the area so we need to take the time to learn what the people before us endured, and what they passed along to us as current residents of Maricopa. This is a major accomplishment for the city, and everyone should make some to visit.”– Vice Mayor Vincent Manfredi

This image below gives a glimpse of what the museum holds. It captures Dallas and Susie Smith in front of their Model T circa 1914.

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Dallas and Susie Smith in front of their Model T circa 1914. [Maricopa Historical Society]
The couple moved to Maricopa in 1912 and, along with one other car owner, helped Maricopa briefly claim the title for possibly the highest number of automobiles per capita in the world – two cars and only 18 residents.

“Since its construction in the 1940’s the building has served as an army facility, a library and a veteran’s center. The current restoration provides space for a museum with captivating exhibits and stories about Maricopa and Arizona. The building also enters into another service with a Visitor Center to highlight the many exciting aspects of Maricopa. For visitors, tourists, potential new residents and members of our community looking for information.  It continues as a friendly community gathering space!”– Paul Shirk, Maricopa Historical Society.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 9:00 A.M. Guests will get a first look at the exhibits the museum has to offer, and guided tours will be available on a first come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited.

Read more about the Historical society here:

Street name changes precede grand plans for Heritage District – InMaricopa

Collection of ‘new’ history donated to Maricopa Historical Society – InMaricopa

Historical Society, City prep for Zephyr removal – InMaricopa

 

Editor’s note: Vincent Manfredi is co-owner of InMaricopa.