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2018 Annual Meeting

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in News | 0 comments

2018 Annual Meeting

The Winslow Historical Society (WHS) will host its 2018 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 11, from 2 to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. The free event will begin at 2 pm with refreshments and a performance by vocalists Bailey and Madison Hartman. The twin sisters are freshman at Winslow High School and have been singing together publicly since the fifth grade. They have sung in their church and school honor choirs and have performed the National Anthem at various school functions and sporting events. The Hartman sisters will perform a mix of pop, country, and religious selections and will then open the WHS Annual Meeting at 2:45 pm with the Star Spangled Banner. The meeting will include the election of new Board members and brief reports on museum activities over the past year. While there, attendees can join or renew their memberships for 2019; order the Old Trail Museum’s 2019 historical calendar, Winslow: Then and Now; and take a ticket for a chance to win a terrific door prize donated by the OTM Store, La Posada Hotel, and several Board members. In addition to our current members, the Old Trails Museum extends a special invitation to anyone who might be interested in becoming an OTM Volunteer. If you or someone you know loves history, please consider joining us at the Annual Meeting and talking with current volunteers about their experiences. Our volunteers bring their enthusiasm and professional skills to a variety of duties: hosting visitors, organizing collections and archives, and helping with public programs. So they have their pick of ways to help, in manageable 2-1/2 hour shifts. OTM Volunteers learn more about our home and its history; they make new friends and deepen existing friendships; they attend the annual Volunteer Thank-you Party; and they meet and talk with visitors from all over the country and world. They serve as our public face to these visitors — as our ambassadors from the museum, from Winslow, from Arizona, and from Historic Route 66. The Winslow Historical Society’s annual celebration of our membership is a reflection of the Old Trails Museum’s community support and the backbone of our grassroots fundraising efforts. With you, we have a future; without you, we’re history!...

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2018 High Desert Fly-In & Gala a Success

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in News | 0 comments

2018 High Desert Fly-In & Gala a Success

The 2018 High-Desert Fly-In and 2018 Fly Back in Time Gala took place at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport on Saturday, October 13. In a first-time partnership with Winslow Head Start, attendees were invited to become “Fly-In Angels” by donating winter outerwear and accessories for 4-to-6-year-old children. Over 300 attendees attended the Fly-In that morning, when the Winslow Senior Center provided shuttle service from the parking lot, the Winslow Rotary Club hosted a pancake breakfast, the Just Cruis’n Car Club displayed some vintage automobiles, and Wiseman Aviation allowed attendees on the tarmac to view general aviation and historic aircraft. The latter included Glenn Anderson’s restored 1956 T-34A Mentor, which was a 2017 Copperstate Grand Champion, and Chuck Swanberg’s 1948 American Ryan L-17, which won Best Warbird at the 2016/2018 Land of Enchantment Fly-Ins. All visiting pilots enjoyed free breakfast, gift bags, fuel discounts, and an FAA Safety Seminar. Four pilots from Flagstaff’s EAA Chapter #856 provided complimentary plane rides to over 100 parents and their kids, who also enjoyed hands-on activities provided by the Winslow Public Library in the Flying Fun Kids Area. The Flying Through History Area included OTM’s Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport and The Swamp Ghost and World War II exhibits. Historian Erik Berg and Steve Owen from the Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum in Grants shared displays and talked with attendees about the region’s aviation history. That evening, 120 guests entered the hangar — beautifully decorated by Linda and Bruce Lazzarini – for the Gala. They were greeted by the Cherry Bombs, a nonprofit women’s group, with door-prize tickets and free retro treats from the Winslow Chamber of Commerce‘s Candy Terminal. Deborah Allen Photography took photos of attendees that she made available to them online for free later that week. Attendees then enjoyed a catered buffet dinner by Creations in Cuisine and the nostalgic sounds of the Big Band Connection from Flagstaff. Some also dressed in period attire and competed in the Vintage Threads Costume Contest. The High Desert Silent Auction came to a close as winners collected their items donated by local businesses and individuals. The High Desert Fly-In Committee thanks Pro 5 Design of Peoria, Arizona, for their Business Patron sponsorship. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook photo albums as well as our HDFI Website , which will soon link to a video of this year’s Fly Back in Time Gala by Venuti...

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The Camels are Coming!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in News | 0 comments

The Camels are Coming!

Thanks to the generosity of the Petrified Forest National Park, Doug Baum brought his Texas Camel Corps to the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post on Monday, September 17, 2018. He provided special demonstrations at 11 am,  12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm for over 900 students and members of the general public, all of whom met the camels and learned about their history in the area along the Beale Wagon Road. In 1857, Lt. Edward F. Beale established the Beale Wagon Road, a popular pioneer trail during the 1860s and 1870s that passed through the future townsite of Winslow. Beale famously used camels during his expeditions in the semiarid West. The animals ate desert grasses and were faster and stronger than horses, but the experiment did not result in their permanent use. The Texas Camel Corps even made their way to the Standin’ on the Corner Park at the end of the day for a quick photo op.  Program partners also included the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winslow, and the Old Trails Museum. We thank everyone involved for their help in making this such a great...

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2018 Fall History Highlight: Arizona’s Meteor Man

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in News | 0 comments

2018 Fall History Highlight: Arizona’s Meteor Man

In conjunction with the 2018 High Desert Fly-In and Fly Back in Time Gala on October 13, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Fall History Highlight on Thursday, October 11, at 5 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Kenneth Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, will give a free presentation of Arizona’s First Meteorite Man: H.H. Nininger. Regarded as the “Father of American Meteoritics,” Harvey Harlow Nininger became a meteoriticist in 1923 after witnessing a meteor in the sky overhead. He moved his family to Denver, Colorado, in 1929 and established what was later named the American Meteorite Laboratory. He hoped that educating the public about the scientific importance of meteorites would facilitate the Laboratory’s mission of discovering, collecting, and studying them. Nininger continued that mission when he founded the American Meteorite Museum in 1946. Housed in the former Meteor Crater Observatory, the museum’s location on Route 66 allowed him to display over 6,000 specimens to the public while conducting fieldwork at the nearby crater. When Route 66 was rerouted in 1953, he moved the museum to Sedona until it closed in 1960. He sold most of his collection to the British Museum in 1958 and the remainder to Arizona State University, which opened the Center for Meteorite Studies in 1961. Nininger died in 1986 at the age of 99, just missing the return of Halley’s Comet. Over the course of his career he wrote numerous books and papers on meteorites and made significant contributions to the field, such as discovering new types of meteorites, developing new ways of recovering meteorites, applying meteorite data to missile design, and reaching new conclusions about the meteorite that created Meteor Crater. In addition to his work at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Zoll is a cultural astronomy instructor with the Arizona Archaeological Society and is currently working with the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies on the use of meteorites in ancient Native American culture. He has authored several books and articles on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona, including Sinagua Sunwatcher and Heart of the Sky: Ancient Skywatchers of Central Arizona. Zoll is also a researcher of the Billingsley Hopi Dancers and a volunteer docent at Coconino National Forest cultural heritage sites. The 2018 Fall History Highlight is made possible in part by Arizona Humanities, a non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on...

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2018 Summer History Highlight: Sheep Ranching in Arizona

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in News | 0 comments

2018 Summer History Highlight: Sheep Ranching in Arizona

In conjunction with a Mid-Summer’s Day in Winslow on Saturday, August 11, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Summer History Highlight at 2 pm at La Posada Hotel, 303 East Second Street. Using historical memoirs and photographs, Dr. Barbara Jaquay will explore Arizona’s sheep industry in her free presentation of Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona. Sheep ranching has been somewhat overlooked in the telling of Arizona’s history. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors began their push northward from Mexico and brought the region’s first sheep as a food source. Father Eusebio Kino introduced sheep into the Pimería Alta in the late 1600s, teaching local Native Americans sheep husbandry to provide a constant supply of wool and meat. By the 1890s, sheepherding was a major enterprise in Arizona Territory. Many different ethnic groups settled the territory, where American, Mexican, Basque, and Canadian pioneers raised both their families and flocks of sheep. Northern Arizona families such as the Ajas, Candelarias, Jaques, and O’Hacos worked diligently through economic downturns caused by droughts, range wars, government regulations, and a shrinking workforce – sometimes weathering them better than cattle ranchers. At its height, Arizona’s sheep industry boasted more than 150 sheep owners, and 1.5 million sheep roamed the grasslands. Despite the challenges, several Arizona families and tribal nations still work with sheep, and a few still graze them in the traditional method of moving the animals from the desert ranges to mountain pastures every year with the cyclical rhythm of the land. While it never competed with the five “C’s,” the sheep industry has added a great deal to the economic and ethnic diversity of Arizona. Dr. Jaquay, a historical geographer, earned her Master’s from Arizona State University and her PhD from Texas A&M University. She recently published Where Have All the Sheep Gone?: Sheepherders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry and has also written on Cuba, Costa Rica, and Arizona’s Native Americans. She has researched Father Kino’s journeys in the Pimería Alta while visiting his missions in Arizona and Mexico, and she continues to study anthropology and land use in her travels to over fifty countries and across all seven continents. The 2018 Summer History Highlight is made possible in part by Arizona Humanities, a non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on...

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2018 Winslow Antique Appraisal Fair

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in News | 0 comments

2018 Winslow Antique Appraisal Fair

If you’re ever wondered about that old family heirloom, bring it to the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair! The Old Trails Museum will host the third annual fair on Saturday, July 14, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale is bringing his expertise back to Winslow so that residents can have their historic items identified and appraised. He will offer verbal appraisals (not in writing) of objects including (but not limited to): fine art paintings, prints, and sculpture from the 17th century to the modern; porcelain, crystal, silver, and antique furniture; clocks, antique jewelry, art glass, and pottery; manuscripts and signatures; and Asian art and Native American arts and crafts. (No guns, coins, or stamps will be appraised.) To schedule your one-on-one appointment with Morton, call the Old Trails Museum at 928-289-5861 by Thursday, July 12. Attendance is limited to forty people, and each person is limited to two items for appraisal. The charge for the first item is $15 and for the second item is $5 – an excellent value versus the cost of a private appraisal. Morton was born in Phoenix and grew up around antiques. He formed Morton Appraisals in 1993 as a certified, licensed, and insured appraiser as well as a member of the Antique Appraisal Association of America. He provides advice and fair market insurance appraisals to individuals, estates, companies, and public institutions. Morton regularly appears on PBS’s Arizona Collectables, which airs on Channel 8 on Thursdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 11 am. The Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair is presented as a service to the community; the event is not a fundraiser and the charge is only to cover our costs. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on Facebook.        ...

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