The Quester Motto: It's fun to search and a joy to find!
Jesse Elizabeth Bardens
In 1944, THE QUESTERS was founded by Jessie Elizabeth Bardens to further knowledge and education about antiques, and to encourage preservation, restoration and conservation of historic buildings, sites and antiquities.
Jessie Elizabeth Bardens expressed, "The powers of the mind are memory and imagination: without memory, we
have no past; without imagination, no future". She felt
that a person's curiosity, enthusiasm, imagination and
memory contribute to constructively acquiring information
on our past and utilizing that knowledge to save our history for future generations.
Questers take great pride in their personal education about antiques and their collections, in sharing their knowledge and collections with other Questers, and enjoying friendships with other members. There are 28 Questers chapters in Arizona. You can find out about
them by clicking here.
You can learn more about the Questers by clicking
the International Headquarters photo,
Remembering Arizona Questers Beginnings
Preserving our History:
Questers in Arizona have a long and rich history when it comes to preserving our state's history.
P & R projects, selected by Quester Chapters, help preserve old buildings, sites and artifacts for the benefit of our citizens and future generations.
To learn more about the many projects in which Questers have been involved click the stamp below to view the Preservation and Restoration history created by Arizona Questers' Lois Newton :
Lois Bostwick became a member of Questers Chipita Chapter #143 in Colorado in 1960. From 1960 to 1984 Lois served as Chapter
President, Colorado State Organizer Chair & Rocky Mountain Organizer Chair, serving eleven states including Arizona.
Lois Bostwick Michaelis
She initiated the first AZ State Meeting (1973). She was AZ State Organizer Chair and National Subscriptions Chair. Lois was a contributing editor to "Adapting American Antiques." She was co-author of a weekly Sunday magazine, "Adapting Antiques", in the Daily Camera newspaper of Boulder, Colorado. Lois organized 21 Quester chapters in Colorado and the first 18 chapters in Arizona. This included the first chapter in AZ called Buscadores #352 in Tucson, AZ and the second chapter, Echoes of the Past #409 in Prescott, AZ. Saguaro #539 was the first chapter in Sun City organized in 1972. In 1973, Lois recommended Mrs. Marge Magill, of Scottsdale, to succeed her as AZ State Organizer Chair. Marge later became National President of Questers from 1982-1984. Lois continued as a guest speaker on many topics such as "grandmother's trunk", "grandfather's trunk" and personal collections until her death in 1987. A beautiful book of memorabilia from newspapers, luncheons, and Quester newsletters from 1960-1989 honoring Lois Michaelis remains in the family’s possession and was displayed at the Arizona Questers 40th Anniversary event in November of 2015