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!


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 Films.