THE PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM AUXILIARY dba FRIENDS OF PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM IS AN AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION OF PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM

The Friends also serves as an advisory group for the Museum. The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary (PGMA) was incorporated in February 1981. As part of the incorporation, the Auxiliary wrote a constitution (revised in October 1987) setting forth its objectives: the object and purpose of this organization shall be to bring together people with an interest in the conservation and preservation of prehistoric resources, specifically, the heritage of Arizona prehistory and that of the Salt River Valley; to assist Pueblo Grande Museum and staff in dispersing educational materials; to provide lecturers and tour guides; to assist in the preparation of exhibits, library cataloging and management, collection management, curatorial and conservation techniques, records management and research; and to organize, publicize and promote activities, events and fund raising for the Pueblo Grande Museum.

The organization and its members may inform the Parks, Recreation and Library Board and the City Council of the city of Phoenix, Arizona on matters relating to Archaeology and the Pueblo Grande Museum. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to all individuals and the Auxiliary holds monthly meetings October through June. At these meetings, the membership is updated on Auxiliary activities and educational programs.

At each meeting, lectures and presentations that support the Museum and Auxiliary missions are presented. The Auxiliary’s annual meeting is held in June where the membership elects new board members and approves a budget for the organization. The Auxiliary also helps support various workshops, such as pottery and basketry making, children’s educational programs such as Archaeology for Kids and Hohokam Experience. In addition, a group of trained volunteer Docents serve as tour guides and interpreters for the Museum and provide tours to more than 10,000 students each year.

The Auxiliary also operates the Museum store. The store offers a variety of southwestern arts and crafts and an extensive book collection, providing a valuable resource to the community and a significant source of revenue for the Museum. The contributions of the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary to the operation and well-being of the Museum cannot be overstated. What started as a small group of energetic volunteers has grown to more than
250 members. In addition to hundreds of volunteer hours, the Auxiliary has donated more than $2,000,000 to supplement the Museum’s operating budget since its inception.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT PUEBLO GRANDE

  • The Auxiliary also serves as an advisory group for the Museum. The PGMA was incorporated in February 1981. As part of the incorporation, the Auxiliary wrote a constitution (revised in October 1987) setting forth its objectives: the object and purpose of this organization shall be to bring together people with an interest in the conservation and preservation of prehistoric resources, specifically, the heritage of Arizona prehistory and that of the Salt River Valley; to assist Pueblo Grande Museum and staff in dispersing educational materials; to provide lecturers and tour guides; to assist in the preparation of exhibits, library cataloging and management, collection management, curatorial and conservation techniques, records management and research; and to organize, publicize and promote activities, events and fund raising for the Pueblo Grande Museum.
  • The organization and its members may inform the Parks, Recreation and Library Board and the City Council of the city of Phoenix, Arizona on matters relating to Archaeology and the Pueblo Grande Museum. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to all individuals and the Auxiliary holds monthly meetings October through June. At these meetings the membership is updated on Auxiliary activities and educational programs.
  • Pueblo Grande Museum consist of two-thirds of a mile of interpretive trail which travels around the remains of the prehistoric Hohokam people’s ballcourt and platform.
  • The Museum opened in 1929 and has been in continuous operation for over 80 years.
  • Phoenix was the first city in the nation to hire a City Archeologist for the Pueblo Grande Museum.
  • Pueblo Grande is Spanish for Large Town.
  • Pueblo Grand appears to have been settled sometime before A.D. 500 and was abandoned around 1450 for reasons not quite known.
  • The Pueblo Grande Museum is one of 31 favorite locations designated as Points of Pride by the city. They are unique locations found within Phoenix city limits and contribute to the quality of life in the Valley.
  • Average monthly visitors per year: 1,853
  • The Indian Market has been in existence since 1976 and is managed by volunteers of the PGMA.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM (formerly The Pueblo Grande Auxiliary)

  • The Pueblo Grande Auxiliary began and was incorporated in 1981.

  • The PGMA has contributed over 2 million to supplement the Museum’s operating budget since its inception.
  • The Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum was licensed by the State of Arizona in 2020.