The Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society is a not for profit corporation for educational purposes. The purpose of the Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history, learning, lore and mementoes pertinent to the development of the Peeples Valley-Yarnell area.
In 2005 the Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society Board of Directors, along with many volunteers, took on the project of the much needed restoration of the 1927 school house, located in Peeples Valley, AZ. Through the years of changing board members, the common goal was to see that the school was brought back to its usefulness to the community. With a Heritage Fund Grant, the roof was replaced, heating & cooling installed, as well as insulation and new wiring. The interior was re-furbished to include a kitchen, making the little school suitable for meetings, parties, events and presentations.
In 2013 with a generous grant from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, PVYHS was able to finish the outside of the school with new siding, along with landscaping, and the finishing touches, to make it once again, the pride of the community. On September 26, 2007, The 1927 Peeples Valley School was placed on the National Registry of Historical Sites. June 19th, 2009, the Peeples Valley - Yarnell Historical Society, during a special luncheon held in conjunction with the 2009 Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix was thrilled to receive one of the Ten 2009 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. On hand to receive the award were Historical Society Board Members, John Hays, Charlie Sanner, Lee and DJ Helm. The 1927 Peeples Valley School House was nominated for the award by Vivia Strang, an Historic Preservation Grant Consultant with Arizona State Parks. March 31st, 2010, PVYHS received one of Five of the Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards. The Historic Preservation Heritage Fund awarded Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society the "PROJECT OF THE YEAR" with a Bronze Plague, in Phoenix, Arizona. Board members on hand to receive the award were: Butch Ashby, DJ Helm, Lee Helm, Larry Parker and Mae Parker. PVYHS would like to thank everyone who has had a hand in this long, but worthwhile project. It has taken an unknown number of concerned and caring people, with many hours of labor and planning to finally reach our goal. The 1927 Peeples Valley School House can now stand with pride for another 100 years.
Photo courtesy of Richard Mayer
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