The city of Glendale celebrated its official anniversary as an incorporated city on June 18, 2010.
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Glendale Glitters Centennial Tree
Glendale’s 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, located on the Civic Center plaza during Glendale Glitters, was designated as the Centennial tree for 2009, to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary. Decorations for the tree were created by Glendale students from both Landmark Middle School and Glendale High School, and designed to be images representative of Glendale. To celebrate the city’s Centennial at the Capitol Tree visit to the downtown area, students helped decorate the special tree, assisted by the Glendale Mayor and City Council, plus a special guest named Santa! The tree was on display for several weeks during the city’s Glendale Glitters holiday light display, from Nov. 12 to Jan. 4.
Centennial Cookbook Debuts at Citrus Zestival
Glendale’s Centennial was part of the Parks & Recreation Department’s Citrus Zestival on Jan. 30 at Sahuaro Ranch. Along with cooking demonstrations, a baking contest, historic home tours, and much more, the Centennial Commemorative Cookbook- “A taste of Glendale- 100 years in the making” debuted for sale at the event. The collector’s item featured more than a dozen recipes from local individuals as well as from people and places from the city’s history.
Click here for more information and a sampling of spectacular recipes that were featured.
Glendale’s Centennial Plein Air Competition at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire
The city’s Library & Arts Department, in collaboration with the Marketing/Communications Department, sponsored the 2010 Glendale Centennial Plein Air Painting Event at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. It was held during the popular festival in downtown Glendale, on Saturday, Feb. 6, and included entries from artists who paint utilizing the Plein (open) air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. Winning Entries 2011 Plein Air Competition at Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Flat Murphy Winners Announced!
In celebration of the city's centennial, Glendale took the Flat Stanley concept and gave it a local spin to create the Flat Murphy Project, named after W.J. Murphy, the founder of the city of Glendale. The goal of the Flat Murphy Project was to capture the people, places and events through photographs that represent our great city – all through the eyes of local students! Thank you to all who participated. Winning Photos
Arizona's Capitol Tree Stops in Historic Downtown Glendale for Centennial Celebration
The city celebrated the Centennial and kicked off holiday spirit Nov. 12 as the Capitol Tree, the first ever from Arizona, made an historic stop in Glendale on it's way to Washington D.C.
Click for photo gallery | Read more about the tree and the event
"Glendale Police: 100 Years of Excellence" Debuts on Glendale 11 TV Law enforcement is the cornerstone of a safe and happy community, an absolute necessity for our residents, but also a fascinating topic of interest. A new Glendale 11 documentary, “Glendale Police: 100 Years of Excellence,” celebrates the city and police department’s centennial anniversary in 2010. Read more (pdf) | TV Guide
The Making of Glendale’s Memory Project
Check out these quick clips from the 30-minute “Glendale’s Memory Project” show and get an inside look at how this massive online history project unfolded, including a look at the in-depth research and documenting done by Glendale library staff and the story behind many of the Glendale treasures featured in the project. Watch now
Top 100 Deals, Meals and Must Haves
Glendale’s Centennial Celebration is in full swing! Celebrate with us and enjoy this list of the Top 100 (plus a few extras for good measure) of Deals, Meals and Must Haves throughout Glendale! Everything from jewelry to art to coffee and more! To start your Top 100 Centennial journey, click here>>
TV Stories About Glendale’s History
Watch a snapshot of Glendale’s history as you view these short TV stories about the city’s past. Click here to watch a variety of vignettes from the TV show, ‘Glendale: The First 100 Years.’ The TV show is produced by the city’s TV station – Glendale Channel 11.
Glendale's Centennial Memory Album
Over the course of the next year we will be collecting stories from Glendale citizens young and old to share with our online readers. These 'Glendale Memories' will be compliled regularly and featured here on our Centennial Web site.
Submit your memory by clicking here.
To view submissions, click here.
Glendale History Goes Online
Glendale History Online is an official Centennial Legacy Project.
Glendale Public Library, Glendale Historical Society, Glendale Community College, Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area and Thunderbird School of Global Management banded together to make the past of some of Glendale’s unique institutions available. Go there now. New show about Legacy Project debuts on Glendale 11 TV Read more | TV Guide
Glendale's Centennial Scrapbook - Reflect on the Year's Events As the city celebrates its centennial throughout the year, we will share photos of events that take place here in our online scrapbook. Take a look at past events and visit the centennial page often to stay informed on upcoming celebrations. View now