Peoria Arizona Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the historical society museum, northwest corner of Madison Street and 83rd Avenue in downtown Peoria. Patrick Grady, a writer from Cave Creek, and author of “Out of the Ruins,” a history of frontier Phoenix from 1867 to 1881, will be the guest speaker.
Grady’s professional career was in city planning and development; in his last position, he served as Director of Community and Economic Development and subsequently, Downtown Development, for the City of Phoenix. Upon retirement, he returned to his passion for history.
He has a B. A. in history from DePauw University as well as a master’s degree in history and Ph. D. work in urban history from Kent State University. His first book, “Homesteading Along The Creek,” published in 2009, portrays pioneer life in Cave Creek. “Out of the Ruins,” was released in January 2012.
Grady contributes regular monthly columns to the Cave Creek Museum “Nuggets” newsletter and serves on its board. He is also the chairperson for the town’s Green Cave Creek committee, dedicated to fostering sustainability at the local level.