Dennis Gallagher was raised in Mesa, met his wife MaryAnn in high school, and married her while attending Arizona State University. He retired from the microelectronics industry, and in 2007 they moved to Prescott.
Dennis commuted from Mesa to Prescott prior to their move after being nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees at the Phippen Museum.
In 2009, he organized the Prescott Western Heritage Days event, which was designated by the 2012 Arizona Centennial Foundation Events Committee as an Official Centennial Event.
In 2012, the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., received its nonprofit designation to preserve and promote western heritage — awarding scholarships to deserving and talented students a priority.
Creating a Western Heritage Center on historic Whiskey Row was a passion, and in May 2019, his vision came to fruition. Dennis believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access our history and heritage, so there is no admission charge.
Dennis attributes the Center’s success to the volunteers who helped build most of the exhibits, and those who work as docents and in mercantile sales. He is humbled by the generous donors.
Dennis recently was appointed to Prescott’s Tourism Advisory Committee.
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