Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912. It was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the union.
In 2005 the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, established a coordinating committee to honor Arizona's centennial in 2012. The mission of the organization is to:
Develop, encourage, and coordinate a statewide plan for Arizona’s centennial in 2012 including:In 2004, House Speaker Jake Flake said, “The Centennial will be an unmatched opportunity to display to the rest of the country and the world the wonders of Arizona and its amazing heritage...."
- advising the legislature and state agencies on centennial history and heritage, arts and culture;
- assisting the governor’s countdown to the centennial to support school children learning about Arizona’s history; and
- recommending activities and projects that will ensure lasting legacy accomplishments to commemorate the centennial.
You can follow the projects and events for Arizona's Centennial at a special Web site, Celebrating Arizona's Centennial: 1912 - 2012.