Sanguinetti House upgrades scheduled

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:15 pm

Sanguinetti grounds upgrade

A major improvement project is coming to the Sanguinetti Family Museum and Gardens. One phase has already been completed with installation of a new fence that provides more visibility to the building.

Major improvements are coming to Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens in Yuma’s historic downtown over the next several months.

The ambitious project will bring the museum to life with stories of Yuma’s emergence as a major metropolitan community as seen through the eyes of the 19th century entrepreneur E.F. Sanguinetti, said Charles Flynn, executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

At one time, the museum served as the home for Sanguinetti’s family.

“The Sanguinetti House Museum is the focal point of the Brinley Historic District,” Flynn said. “The Heritage Area is proud to partner with the Arizona Historical Society and Yuma County Historical Society in their efforts to revitalize the entire museum campus.”

One improvement actually has already taken place with the installation of a new wrought iron fence along the front to the museum at 240 S. Madison Ave. that provides more visibility to the building.

Upgrades to the interior of the museum will start this week, according to Yanna Kruse, Arizona Historical Society division director. For the project, the museum will temporarily close on July 28 and reopen in November. The final phase of the 6-phase upgrade plan will be completed in 2015.

“The museum is coming alive with the hustle and bustle of turn-of-the-century life in Yuma,” said Kruse. “Ropes restricting access to the period rooms are coming down. Museum guests will be able to enjoy a cup of tea right where E.F. Sanguinetti himself entertained guests a century ago. It is going to be a magical experience.”

As a tribute to Yuma’s military community, the museum will feature a powerful Medal of Honor exhibit honoring Arizona recipients of the highest military decoration. All veterans will receive free admission to the museum.

Following this six-month exhibit, a new exhibit will be installed to tell the story of the life and times of E.F. Sanguinetti during Yuma’s formative years from 1890 to 1946.

“This project is the perfect example of a community partnership that preserves Yuma’s rich history while providing a unique experience for visitors and year-round residents,” said Dr. Anne Woosley, executive director of the Arizona Historic Society. “We look forward to the grand re-opening of the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens in November.”

The family of E.F. Sanguinetti donated his house, gardens and aviary to the Arizona Historical Society as a fitting testament to his legacy. For information about the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens, call (928) 782-1841 or visit

The Arizona Historical Society was founded by an act of the Arizona territorial legislature 150 years ago, serving as the steward of state history. Exhibitions and celebrations marking the society’s sesquicentennial will take place in the coming months at Arizona Historical Society museums throughout the state, including the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens.