Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Names New Executive Director
Shelley Mellon, Chair of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and Charles Flynn, Interim Director, have announced that Cathy Douglas has been selected as the new Director. Shelley Mellon stated, “The Board unanimously agreed to appoint Cathy Douglas as our new Director.
Tina Clark, Longtime Yuma Historic Preservation and Community Advocate, to Receive 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership
YUMA, AZ – The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Preservation Foundation, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and City of Yuma have announced that Tina Clark of Yuma is the recipient of the 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership. The award will be presented to Ms. Clark during the City Council meeting at Yuma City Hall on October 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
The Keystone Award honors individuals whose commercial, political, philanthropic, artistic, planning, or advocacy efforts have contributed to their communities' quality of life, sense of place, and heritage appreciation. The award is presented annually at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference to an individual from the host community, celebrating their achievements alongside the communities they have served.
Lowell Perry retired as executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, effective July 14, to be closer to family.
Perry joined Yuma Crossing in 2018. He was responsible for the management and promotion of the Heritage Area, leading the shoring up of the organization’s internal structure, built a strong team in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and brought about a resurgence of the Colorado River State Historic Park with the addition of the Yuma Crossing Discovery Center and an Italian bistro.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is excited to kick off our Annual Giving Tuesday Campaign where you can “Be Yuma’s Future by Investing in Its Past”. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 to help enhance the visitor experience at the Colorado River State Historic Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and the Yuma East Wetlands.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is excited to share an amazing episode of Arizona Highways Television that features Yuma, Arizona and everything within the YCNHA footprint! We are very thankful to the Arizona Highways team for creating this segment and showing everyone how unique Yuma is and how historic downtown is a great place to visit!
When Mario Ghedin moved to Yuma, the Italian native noticed that he couldn’t find authentic Italian food. For a moment he considered opening a full-fledged restaurant, but “I want to sleep at night,” he quipped.
Instead, he decided to try a smaller venture that didn’t require a full kitchen staff. Ghedin and business partner Kathy Cronwell are opening Autentico Sapore Italiano, which translates to “authentic flavor of Italian food.”
The new deli and coffee shop will open in October at the Colorado River State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Ave., in the former home of the Back in Time Pie Shoppe.