Arizona Memories from the ’50s

Americans have always seen the West as a land of opportunity — the place people went to reinvent themselves. In the 1950s, the Valley of the Sun was transformed by young veterans, entrepreneurs and families on the move who took a chance on a new lifestyle.

The economic boom that began with WWII launched a decade of change and growth that continues until this day. This is the story of the people who launched the boom years and turned the desert into the Valley of their dreams. (45 minutes)

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Kid-Friendly Activity: Make a Pinkalicious Cupcake

Two children add sprinkles to a craft project

This article covers step-by-step instructions for creating your very own "Pinkalicious" cupcake, a kid-friendly, summer activity.

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