The free event began at 2 pm with refreshments and a concert by Navajo musician Khent Anantakai. Since 2009, Anantakai has entertained nightly at La Posada Hotel, where the building’s history and atmosphere have inspired his original compositions of “contemporary classical” guitar.
The WHS Annual Meeting began at 2:45 with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by twin sisters Bailey and Madison Hartman. The meeting included the election of new Board members and brief reports on museum activities over the past year.
While there, attendees joined or renewed their memberships for 2018; bought the Old Trail Museum’s 2018 historical calendar, Getting Together: Recreation and Celebrations in Winslow; and took tickets 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 extended 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 current volunteers bring their enthusiasm and professional skills to a variety of duties: hosting visitors, organizing collections and archives, and helping with public programs. So volunteers can 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 the world. They serve as our public face to these visitors, as our ambassadors from the museum, from Winslow, from Arizona, and from 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!