Eight, Arizona PBS to celebrate 100 years of statehood

'Arizona Memories' marathon airs Tuesday on Eight, Arizona PBS

If it’s a person, place or event that matters to Arizonans, most likely it is forever captured in a program produced by Eight, Arizona PBS. On Feb. 14, Eight marks Arizona’s 100th birthday with a unique four-hour programming marathon. The special four-part series captures Arizona’s transformation firsthand from the small-town 1940s through the boom-and-bust 1970s.

For half a century, the public media enterprise of Arizona State University has trained its lens on the state. Throughout February, Eight is opening its one-of-a-kind archives to reprise its most popular Arizona programs.

“Thanks to community support, Arizona PBS has been writing the history of Arizona on television for 50 years,” said Kelly McCullough, Eight’s general manager. “With more than 40 titles in our Arizona Collection, we tell these engaging stories with care and respect because they help preserve what is truly special about our state. Whether native Arizonan or just arrived, you will learn something new.”

Eight’s February schedule showcases the state’s extraordinary landscapes and brings to life the often inspiring, and sometimes quirky, individuals woven into Arizona’s 100-year-old tapestry. It also includes fascinating vignettes about families, communities, landmarks and events that may be missing from history books.

Eight’s Arizona Centennial Celebration schedule is detailed below. Visit azpbs.org/schedule or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Arizona Centennial Celebration:

• 4 p.m, Sundays, "Arizona Stories"

• 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, "Images of Arizona"

• 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, "Arizona Memories" marathon – four-part series capturing four decades of growth to mark Arizona’s birthday

• 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, "Legends and Dreamers: Inspired by Arizona Highways"

• 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, "Visions of Arizona"