Arizona's 101st Statehood Day Celebration Features Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women Luncheon

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A daylong schedule of events is planned for Thursday, February 14th, at the Arizona State Capitol and surrounding sites to celebrate the end of Arizona’s Centennial Year. Events will include a presentation of the Arizona Educational Foundation’s annual Polly Rosenbaum Student Writing Contest winners, a 48 Most Intriguing Women of Arizona Luncheon with keynote address by Holocaust survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gerda Weissmann Klein, and Governor’s Capstone Reception.

Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women

Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women

Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women (a Centennial Legacy Project), the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and the Arizona Centennial Commission will celebrate Arizona’s 101st Statehood Day on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at several State Capitol sites.

The day begins at noon with the Polly Rosenbaum Award, presented by the State Library to the 5th- to 12th-grade Writing Contest Award Winners. Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Superintendent of Education John Huppenthal will make the presentations in the Historic Senate Chamber of the Arizona Capitol Museum. The Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest is named for Polly Rosenbaum, a former Arizona State Representative and teacher who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. The writing contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Mrs. Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource.

Following the awards presentation, Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women will host a luncheon in the Rose Garden at the Arizona State Capitol. The keynote address will be given by 48 Women Honoree Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holocaust survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Guests will be entertained by 48 Women Honoree Isola Jones, a Mezzo-Soprano opera singer who performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 16 seasons.

Tickets to the luncheon are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event, or via the 48 Women website: ( After lunch, guests will have an opportunity to meet some of the 48 Women Honorees, who will autograph the Centennial Legacy Project book, and attend a 48 Women Speaker’s Forum on building civic engagement where they will discuss Civic Engagement in their individual areas of interest.

The day will conclude with a Governor's Capstone Reception featuring a Centennial Legacy Projects Appreciation and permanent re-lighting of the State Capitol’s newly refurbished Copper Dome and the statue “Winged Victory” that sits atop the dome. This last accomplishment is the culmination of the Arizona 2012 Centennial Foundation’s fundraising accomplishments.

For more information, please visit the 48 Women website (, or contact Connie Robinson at 602-896-9000 or Anne Wallace at 602-926-3810. Proceeds from the day will be presented to the Arizona Capitol Museum in honor of the Centennial Legacy Projects and Arizona’s Centennial Celebration.

About the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission
The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC) was developed to create awareness and promote observance of Arizona's Centennial Legacy Projects generated by community members and sanctioned by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. These projects strive to leave a lasting legacy in honor of the Centennial and range from public art, to restoration of historic properties, to musical compositions. Learn more about Legacy Projects on the website at AHAC is a commission of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the office of the Sectary of State.

About Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women
One of the Centennial Legacy Projects approved by AHAC is “Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women” ( This proactive group of women, interested in Civic Engagement, approached AHAC about a special celebration marking the end of Arizona’s very successful Centennial. Out of that initial discussion an event was developed that honors the 48 Women, recognizes all 203 Centennial Legacy Projects and works with the activities traditionally conducted on Arizona’s Statehood Day at the Capitol.

About the Arizona Capitol Museum
Listed on the National Historic Register, the Arizona Capitol Museum connects people to Arizona Government- Past and Present. The Museum ( has virtual and physical exhibits, events, and educational programs that are free and open to the public. Located in the 1901 Capitol Building under the Copper Dome, the Museum is part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, the oldest cultural institution in Arizona dating to the organization of the Territory in 1864.

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