- Vanished Arizona, by Martha Summerhayes
The author recounts her experiences--sometimes harrowing, other times simply frustrating--as an army wife in 1870s Arizona. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1049/1049-h/1049-h.htm
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs critiques mid-20th-century urban planning practices and devastating “renewal” projects, such as those that dramatically changed Phoenix and Tucson, championing instead mixed-use development and walkable cities, and becoming a cult icon in the process.
- A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture, by Virginia Savage McAlester
THE essential text for many architectural historians, this is a great book for understanding how our cities and neighborhoods developed (with lots of pictures!).
- Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Erik Larson
The best and worst of Progressive Era America are juxtaposed in this riveting work about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and serial killer H. H. Holmes.
- Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, by Therese Oneill
Therese Oneill hilariously teaches the reader how to navigate life in the 19th century, with plenty of Victorian pseudoscience and advice from etiquette manuals to back her up.
- Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children, by Therese Oneill
Oneill combed through 19th-century parenting handbooks to find all the best, weirdest tidbits on Victorian child rearing (most of which shouldn’t be tried at home).
- Early Phoenix (Images of America), by Kathleen Garcia
Explore some of the faces and places of late 19th- and early 20th-century Phoenix -- long before Phoenix was the 5th most populous city in the United States.
- Vanishing Phoenix (Images of America), by Robert Melikian
Learn about what architectural and cultural gems have been lost to the wrecking ball over the past century.
- Phoenix Past and Present, by Scharbach and Melikian
Juxtaposes historic photographs with identical views taken today. A great way to get to know downtown Phoenix.
- How to be a Victorian: A Dawn to Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman
If you’ve always wanted to go back in time, this book will take you there with all the intimate details of life from someone who has lived it.
- Talking to the Dead: Katie and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg
The Spiritualist Movement unknowingly began in Hydesville, New York with Katie and Maggie Fox. Learn more about the movement and the women behind it.
- Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked by Mary Miley Theobald
Uncover the truth about many oft-told myths perpetuated by docents at historic sites. (But not ours!)
- Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture in Phoenix, 1945 - 1975 by City of Phoenix Historic Preservation and Ryden Architects
Phoenix is a showcase for Modern and Googie architecture. Celebrate the buildings and architects who built this remarkable collection.
- Historic Homes in Phoenix: An Architecture & Preservation Guide
An oldie but a goodie, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in Phoenix’s historic residential architecture, especially (but not only!) owners of historic homes. It’s out of print but available from the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office (https://www.phoenix.gov/pdd/historic-preservation/order-historic-preservation-books).
- These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, by Nancy Turner
Inspired by the author’s own family memoirs, this novel brings late 19th-century Southern Arizona to life.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class
Hosts Holly and Tracy are passionate about researching and sharing lesser-known histories, ranging from silly topics to tragic ones. Most episodes are suitable for kids.
- Dressed: The History of Fashion
This is about the “who, what, when of why we wear,” exploring fashion, the role it has played in history, and what it can tell us about society. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-dressed-the-history-of-fas-29000690/
- The Feast
Bring your appetite for this mouthwatering food history podcast. One episode (http://www.thefeastpodcast.org/2018/3/3/6ao6prz3cw4j7bm87n14ce9fiz4bei) was recorded live at Heritage Square! http://www.thefeastpodcast.org/
- 99% Invisible
We take good design for granted, but everything we encounter daily--from city buses to mannequins--has a backstory. https://99percentinvisible.org/
- The Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo will make you cry with his exquisitely crafted stories of forgotten figures. https://thememorypalace.us/
This podcast is produced by Preservation Maryland but features interviews with leading preservation professionals from across the country. https://www.preservecast.org/
- Preservation Destination
Host Taylor Voltz, based in New Orleans, interviews professionals in the field of historic preservation. https://www.preservationdestination.com/
- Meet Me at the Museum
In this charming podcast out of Great Britain, actors, comedians, and other personalities visit museums together. https://www.artfund.org/whats-on/meet-me-at-the-museum
- The Bowery Boys: New York City History
Two New Yorkers take a deep-dive into local history, focusing on a different place, person, or event in each episode. Fascinating even if you’ve never been to New York. https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/bowery-boys-first/bowery-boys-podcast
- There Goes the Neighborhood
An indepth look at gentrification and how it’s changing our cities.
- Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
Correspondent and TV personality Mo Rocca delves into the stories of fascinating people and things of the past. https://www.mobituaries.com/
- Not So Native
- Cabinet of Curiosities
This short but informative podcast weaves together stories of the bizarre and interesting throughout history.
This podcast does a deep dive into history's most compelling chapters, including Spiritualism and the Salem Witch Trials.
- Deviant Women
Every episode of this podcast tackles a different woman from history, revealing the different layers of their lives and showcasing their power and significance.
- Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker
Learn about self-made millionaire and founder of a Black haircare empire, Madam C. J. Walker in this exciting docudrama miniseries. (Netflix) (You can pay Madam C. J. Walker a virtual visit at her estate, Villa Lewaro, here -- https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/-wISHp9z5EklIg!)
- Fannie’s Last Supper
Recreates the preparation of an entire meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 cookbook using historic tools and methods. A fascinating combination of cooking show and history lesson making us very grateful for gelatin and the microwave. (Amazon Prime)