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The "Walking History Books" Oral History Program is a partnership between the Scottsdale Public Library and the Scottsdale Senior Centers.  The mission of the program is to collect, preserve and share the stories of Scottsdale's senior community.  Oral history interviews, images and documents are collected, digitized and added to the Scottsdale Public Library's website in order to provide original and meaningful content to the community now and for generations to come.  By creating a permanent history gathering station at the Granite Reef Senior Center, we now have the ability to capture the rich history of Scottsdale's citizenry.  The "Walking History Books" Program is funded in part through a grant by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency.

Scottsdale's Stories

Gil Gifford arrived in Scottsdale Arizona in March of 1973 to become the Executive Director of the Boys Club of Scottsdale.  He had had over 30 years of experience managing Boys Clubs in Massachusetts and California.  Over the past 40 years, Gil has participated in countless organizations that have been integral in the development of Scottsdale's character.  Gil has been heard announcing major league baseball games, golf tournaments, special events and grand openings.  He has been the voice of Scottsdale's Parada del Sol for the past 40 years.  In 2002, Gil received the Scottsdale History Makers award for his countless contributions to our community.  In 2008, he was officially proclaimed Scottsdale's Official Bugler.  Gil is truly one of Scottsdale's "Walking History Books!"

Watch Gil and other "Walking History Books" tell their stories.

Have a Story to tell?

Do you have a story to tell?  Did you live in Scottsdale when it was still horse property north of Indian Bend Road?  Maybe you moved your family to the city and bought a Hallcraft Home when Motorola was filling its ranks in the 1950's?  Are you a World War II or Korean War Veteran?  We want to hear from you. 

Oral history sessions are now scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month, by appointment, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.  If you would like to participate and that time or day does not work for you, please contact us and we will do our absolute best to schedule a time that is convenient.  If you are a homebound adult, our trained volunteers and staff would be happy to come to you. 

For additional information, or to make an appointment, contact Nick Molinari at 480-312-1733 or nmolinari@scottsdaleaz.gov

Volunteer Opportunities

We are presently accepting applications for "Walking History Book" volunteers to conduct oral history interviews.  The positions require a commitment of approximately three hours per month.  Trainings, which include the use of video and recording equipment, will be scheduled quarterly and are required for program volunteers. 

Program Contact

Nick Molinari, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 480-312-1733
Email: nmolinari@scottsdaleaz.gov

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