The Story of Winslow
The Old Trails Museum’s permanent exhibit debuted on the museum floor in 2015. The text panels are spread throughout the museum and tell the general history of the town alongside images and artifacts donated by decades of museum supporters. Topics include:
- Area pre-history, including Meteor Crater and Columbian Mammoths
- Hopi, Laguna, and Navajo peoples
- Historic trails and early residents, including the Mormons’ Brigham City
- The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
- Area ranches & ranchers, and trading posts & traders
- Winslow’s Harvey Houses, Harvey Girls, and La Posada Hotel
- US Route 66 and Winslow’s historic airport
- Civic life including military service, medical care, and education
- Community life including organizations, recreation, and entertainment
Winslow was the grand opening host community for Arizona Humanities’ statewide tour of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition from June 22 through August 4, 2013. OTM hosted Journey Stories, which explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society, at our partner venue, La Posada Hotel. Go to our Journey Stories page for details on all the related events and programs. OTM’s companion exhibit, Journeys to Winslow, was made possible in part by support from Arizona Humanities.
Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport
OTM partners on the High Desert Fly-In, a free annual event when residents, tourists, and pilots from around the country are invited to Winslow’s historic airport to enjoy airplanes, history, food, and more. For information about the 2016 High Desert Fly-In, go to the event website and Facebook and Twitter pages. OTM debuted the Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport exhibit at the 2014 event, which tells the airport’s story from its celebrated beginnings through the present day.
Women of Winslow
To celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood on February 14, 2012, volunteers formed the Winslow Centennial Committee and developed Second Saturdays in Winslow, monthly programs that explored Winslow’s diverse history. To kick things off in summer 2011, OTM co-hosted the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail traveling exhibit, How Splendid is our Past, at La Posada Hotel, and created this companion exhibit entitled Women of Winslow.
African Americans in Winslow: Scenes from Our History
The Winslow branch of the NAACP celebrated Black History Month 2017 with a series of events that included A Stroll Through Black History on February 18. They invited OTM to create a photographic exhibit for the event entitled African Americans in Winslow: Scenes from Our History. OTM hopes to expand on this exhibit for February 2018 by including oral histories and images from more of Winslow’s African American families. Please contact OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick at 928-289-5861 if you would like to contribute.
Snowdrift Art Space: 100 Years of History
In 2014, OTM, Snowdrift Art Space, and the Winslow Arts Trust presented the Snowdrift Art Space Centennial Celebration to celebrate a century in the life of one of Winslow’s most historic buildings. The event also served as OTM’s 2014 Fall History Highlight, when it debuted Snowdrift Art Space: One Hundred Years of History. This exhibit, also on permanent display at Snowdrift Art Space, tells the story of the building’s evolution as the Babbitt Brothers’ largest branch store to its present-day incarnation as an art gallery and community event space.
The Historic AZ 66 Geocaching Project also celebrates Arizona’s State Centennial on February 14, 2012, and received an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designation from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. OTM is proud to be a participant in the project, which is a partnership between the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and several of Arizona’s Route 66 communities. Geocaching is a worldwide “treasure-hunting” game played by GPS users. Project partners created a series that provides “cachers” with a unique look at the history of the communities, sites, and attractions along Arizona’s stretch of the Mother Road. Each of OTM’s five caches includes an historic image of the current cache location along with the usual logbook and prizes left by cachers.