Melanie Sturgeon is the Archivist for the State of Arizona. On her way to her Masters degree from ASU she volunteered at the Sun Cities Area Historical Society. A good portion of her thesis was written using research and reference materials from the Sun Cities Historical Society. She left a mark on our museum with her efforts and her thesis is without question one of the best pieces ever written on the development of senior aging communities with a heavy focus on Sun City. Researchers from across the world have asked for and received Melanie’s permission to use it in their own work and she has graciously agreed to let us share it with those of you who were looking for the definitive guide on how Sun City came to be.