Historical museum restoration project: 


Scottsdale's Little Red Schoolhouse Historical Museum suffers severe
flood damage resulting in loss of historic archives.
Photo shows water level in Archives Room. 

Sad News...

We regret to share that recently the Little Red Schoolhouse Historical Museum experienced severe water damage due to a water heater burst in the basement, believed to have occurred sometime after the Museum closed Sunday night, September 17, 2017.  Unfortunately, archived records, historic items and the majority of artifacts held by the Museum were impacted when the flowing water breached the storage rooms.  The Scottsdale Historical Society Board of Directors is working with the City of Scottsdale to coordinate the clearing of the basement, temporary storage, restoration and replacement of the flooring.  There is a great deal of concern about black mold so the City has deemed this incident an emergency and several Board members have been at the Museum round the clock to determine what is salvageable and prepare for proper relocation during the restoration.

Photo displays the main room in basement was flowing water when volunteers arrived at the Museum Monday morning.  Below, City staff worked for hours to reduce water level before volunteers could enter archive rooms and storage closets to assess damage and loss.  Board member Eleanor Brierley was onsite to supervise city staff and provide instruction.

The Society is dependent on donations...


The Little Red Schoolhouse is a city building and although the remediation and restoration costs are covered by the city, the flooding incident will still burden the Society with a growing list of expenses. As you are aware, the Society operates in a deficit every year, despite that some expenses are covered by the City.  Under the lease, the Society is obligated to operate the Museum with free admission, something we all feel is important in order to share the City's rich and valuable heritage.  Insurance will cover some items, but the Society will be responsible for many items not included in the policy.  In short, the Society does not have the funds in its operating account to cover the cost of replacing, restoring and enhancing the storage areas to a condition that will provide adequate protection.  The building is more than 100 years old and water infiltration cannot be completely avoided.  The Little Red Schoolhouse still has the ongoing issue of a poor exterior door structure that tends to bring water in the basement during heavy rainstorms. 

History cannot be replaced...

The Society will need to generate revenue to deal with the rising costs associated with the Museum restoration and safe-guarding of historic items.  Restoration costs will include a new storage containers, elevated shelving and waterproofing vulnerable areas to the base of the building.  Complete damage is still being assessed as volunteers empty the entire basement of the Museum to repair damage and replace flooring. 

Photo displays how volunteers are attempting to dry out historic documents.

How can you help?

  • MEMBERS, please consider an additional donation.  You may donate below.
  • NON-MEMBERS, please consider supporting the Scottsdale Historical Society.  Your contribution is a donation directly to the Scottsdale Historical Society and will help support our mission to preserve and share Scottsdale's history.

The Scottsdale Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donation to the Society is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

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Scottsdale Historical Society
P.O. Box 143
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0143

The Scottsdale Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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7333 East Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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