Established by an Act of the First Territorial Legislature on November 7, 1864, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is Arizona’s oldest historical agency.That claim is absolutely not true. Since the false claim was exposed in Arizona newspapers over a month ago, this curious situation raises a number of questions.
1. Has the AHS become so completely dysfunctional that it cannot correct errors?
2. Is the AHS so historically illiterate that it cannot research its own history?
3, Is the AHS so historically inept that it cannot discern the difference between two completely unrelated organizations that just happened to have the same name?
4. Is the AHS deliberately misrepresenting its history in a pitiful attempt to enhance its image?
5. Is the AHS so arrogant that it actually believes its own fantasies rather than recorded history?
Since the AHS consumes five to ten million dollars in state funds (direct budget plus hidden costs) each year, these are serious questions for Arizona taxpayers.