The Old Trails Museum will present our 2021 Summer History Highlight online on Saturday, July 24, at 2 pm. Sativa Peterson, News Content Program Manager for the State of Arizona Research Library, will lead attendees through a free, interactive workshop called Revealing History – A Look at Community Through Arizona’s Historical Newspapers. The registration link for this virtual program will be available here soon.

Using headlines, editorials, political cartoons, and photojournalism, Peterson will introduce audiences to Arizona’s historical newspapers; to the publishers, editors, and journalists who helped establish news writing in the early days of Arizona statehood; and to some of the defining moments in state history that they covered. Attendees will hear how they reported on women’s suffrage efforts in Arizona; which newspapers were published along the US/Mexico border during Prohibition; and about early African American community newspapers and the longest-running Spanish-language newspapers in the state.

Peterson will also demonstrate how to do one’s own searching using the Arizona Memory Project and Chronicling America websites, so that attendees can continue to explore historical newspapers on their own. Using journalism as a lens for reflecting on the human experience, these rich and valuable resources can show how we governed ourselves, faced conflict, and celebrated triumphs. They allow us to see how people viewed an event when it happened and to trace changing views over time. In short, historical newspapers capture the everyday life of the people and places of Arizona.

A Winslow native and graduate of Winslow High School, Peterson went on to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, with a master’s degree in journalism and the Pratt Institute with a master’s in library and information science. She served as Project Director for the National Digital Newspaper Program grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that allowed the Arizona State Library to continue digitizing historical newspaper collections.

The 2021 Summer History Highlight is made possible in part by an Arizona Humanities grant funding multiple Revealing History online workshops, and we are grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to offer this presentation in a safe and engaging way.

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Many thanks to KINO Radio (1230 AM) for airing A History Minute with the Old Trails Museum, our series of pre-recorded spots highlighting artifacts from the OTM Collections and encouraging listeners to come to the museum to see them in person.

The spots were created by OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick, who thanks Maree McHugh for her producing talents and Lori Bentley Law for her help as well. The spots air every other week, starting March 17 and continuing through September 2021, at these days and times:

  • Wednesday at 7:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 2:30 pm
  • Thursday at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, and 2:30 pm
  • Friday at 7:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 2:30 pm

If a museum visit is not possible, we’re also posting an image and description of each artifact on the OTM Facebook page, and a short video of the same on the OTM YouTube Channel (coming soon). Seen here is Winslow artist Joseph Cruz Rodriquez’s oil painting, Sunset Crossing on the Little Colorado River, depicting the arrival of the railroads to the Winslow area.

The Old Trails Museum will present our 2021 Spring History Highlight online through the Virtual AZ Speaks program from Arizona Humanities. On Saturday, April 24, at 2 pm, OTM will host Dr. Robin Pinto’s presentation of The New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscapes.

Arizona Humanities has temporarily transitioned their popular speaker presentations online so that statewide audiences can still enjoy high-quality cultural programming in these challenging times. Register for the virtual program here.

In this engaging presentation, Dr. Pinto will explore the history of the New Deal and how Arizonans responded to its challenges. It is an inspirational story of how individuals worked to better themselves; a story of how communities took care of inhabitants and total strangers during drought and Depression; and a story of how we, as a state, improved the lives of all and left an important built legacy for generations to come.

That legacy is still written in our landscapes, buildings, and communities – including Winslow. Today, we use those historic sidewalks, schools, and post offices without knowing that they were built for us more than eighty years ago. We enjoy parks and forests that were restored for us long ago. We can celebrate those “bootstrap” labors and remind ourselves that we, too, can rise above adversity to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

Several years ago, also with funding from AZ Humanities, Dr. Pinto joined a group of historians to develop The New Deal in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscape, a printed map that provides a brief history of the New Deal and describes more than fifty heritage tourism sites around Arizona with New Deal-era buildings, landscapes, and remnants. The University of Arizona Libraries have since created a New Deal in Arizona website with the map, site descriptions, photographs, and detailed directions to these historic projects, many of which are still in use today. As the website recommends, “Plan a New Deal journey today!”

Dr. Pinto, who has an MLA and PhD from the University of Arizona, studies the evolution of cultural landscapes in Arizona. She writes historical landscape assessments for the National Park Service; works with the BLM Heritage Technical Team to study landscape change at the Empire Ranch and Cienega Creek watershed; and volunteers for numerous non-profit preservation organizations. She recently completed a book with three other historians entitled Cowboys and Cowgirls around Ajo, Arizona.

OTM’s 2021 Spring History Highlight is made possible by Arizona Humanities, and we are grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to offer this program in a safe and engaging way.

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In February 2021, the Old Trails Museum debuted A Brief History of Winslow, Arizona, a short film that illustrates the city’s major historical themes through historic and contemporary images along with filmed segments.

Developed by OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick and Winslow Historical Society Board Member Lori Bentley Law in 2020, the film provides a basic overview of Winslow’s history and gives viewers a framework to absorb even more information whenever they visit one of Winslow’s many historic sites and buildings.

OTM thanks Northland Pioneer College for giving us the incentive to create the film by asking the museum to contribute to their series of online personal-interest classes. Lutzick has given many slide-show talks on Winslow’s history, but creating a film posed a new and daunting challenge.

Luckily, Law – co-owner of the Motor Palace Mercantile and recent addition to the WHS Board – came to the rescue! Before moving to Winslow in 2018, she was an Emmy-award winning photojournalist for NBC-Los Angeles for twenty-three years. Law brought her expertise to the project, and A Brief History of Winslow, Arizona is vastly improved for it.

Now that the film has served its purpose for NPC, OTM offers it as a virtual complement to our physical exhibits. You can view the film on our Exhibits page, the OTM You Tube Channel, and the La Posada Website.

Thanks to the generosity of the exhibit’s creators at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi will be on view at the Winslow Arts Trust Museum through January 2022. The exhibit was originally scheduled to close at the WAT Museum in January 2021.

In addition, the Winslow partners hosted a virtual presentation on Saturday, January 23, by Dr. E. Charles Adams (at left), director of the Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program from 1985 to 2017. Life Along the River — which synthesizes more than thirty years of archaeological research by the program — features images, maps, and present-day Hopi voices that tell the story of the people who lived in seven villages along the Little Colorado River, near what is now Winslow, in the 1300s. In New Knowledge from Old Sites: Hopi at Homol’ovi (click to see recording), Dr. Adams discussed how that research revealed a timeline for the area, the relationships among its inhabitants, and the importance of the river in their lifeways.

The exhibit’s Winslow run is hosted by a partnership between Homolovi State Park, the Winslow Arts Trust (WAT), and the Old Trails Museum, and in cooperation with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. You can see the Life Along the River exhibit at the WAT Museum by making a reservation with the La Posada Hotel Front Desk at 928-289-4366. You can also visit Homolovi State Park, located just a few miles east of La Posada, which is currently open with some restrictions.

The Old Trails Museum’s 2021 historical calendar, Winslow Through the Decades, is on sale now! The 2021 edition – still priced at $10 – is available at the museum, La Posada HotelArizona 66 Trading Company, On the Corner Gifts, and the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post. You can also order calendars through the OTM Online Store, with $2 added to the price for shipping. Your purchase supports the museum, is sales-tax-free, and keeps your shopping dollars local!

The 2021 edition highlights aspects of Winslow’s history by decade, from its founding in 1880 through the 1960s. The past does not unfold in distinct time periods, but dividing Winslow’s history by decade can be a useful way to share it, as well as to illustrate how that history paralleled events on the national and even international stages.

This edition features photographs from the museum’s collections, or on loan from our supporters, that have never been published in an Old Trails Museum calendar, exhibit, or in our Images of America book, Winslow. Historical sources include Winslow Mail articles, adapted text from our publications and exhibits, and archival material from the museum and other repositories throughout Arizona.

Old Trails Museum Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed this calendar, and International Minute Press of Flagstaff did the layout and printing. The museum extends our thanks to Tescue and Lawrence Kenna, Helen Jean Pollard, Deborah Stout Roberts, and the Madonna House for loaning photographs to this edition; to Lindsey Jauregui for sharing expertise on early Santa Fe engines; and to Lori Bentley Law and Dan Lutzick for their invaluable feedback.

OTM’s annual historical calendar is a fundraiser for the museum thanks to our generous advertisers: Arizona 66 Trading Company, Barton Architecture, Bojo’s Grill & Sports Club, Cox’s Automotive, Dominique’s On the Corner, Harley Hendricks Realty, Kenna Properties, La Posada Hotel, the Leavitt Group, Mojo Coffee Company, Motor Palace Mercantile, Snowdrift Art Space, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.

OTM will present our 2020 Winter History Highlight online through the Virtual AZ Speaks program from Arizona Humanities. We will host The Ballad of Arizona – a blend of music, video, and lecture similar to A Prairie Home Companion, but with an Arizona twist – online on Saturday, December 5, at 2 pm. To register for the virtual program, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZbSfXiknS9msGYPvINkFnQ.

Arizona Humanities has temporarily transitioned their popular speaker presentations online so that statewide audiences can still enjoy high-quality cultural programming in these challenging times. In The Ballad of Arizona, scholars Jay Craváth and Dan Shilling will present important but often little-known chapters of the state’s unique cultural and natural history, including the Buffalo Soldiers, dude ranches, the Code Talkers, forester Aldo Leopold, Japanese-American Internment, famous cattle drives, and the assassination of reporter Don Bolles.

Dr. Craváth is a composer, writer, and scholar in the field of music and Indigenous studies. He creates programs and interactive discussions that include stories, musical performances, illustrations, and photography. His latest book is Iretaba: Mohave Chief and American Diplomat, and his latest album is Songs for Ancient Days.

Former executive director of Arizona Humanities, Dr. Shilling has since coordinated institutes on environmental ethics, presented extensively on place-based economic development, and authored or edited publications including Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Methods for Environmental Sustainability. He has served on dozens of boards and commissions and is the recipient of ASU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

OTM’s 2020 Fall History Highlight is made possible by Arizona Humanities. Because our in-person programs have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020, OTM is grateful to Arizona Humanities for giving us the opportunity to offer the program — originally scheduled as our Fall History Highlight at the Winslow Arts Trust Museum — in a safe and engaging way.

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The Old Trails Museum has reopened! We are open by reservation Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm. We welcome you back with new policies designed to protect your health and safety. We hope that your visit to the museum, and learning about Winslow’s rich history, will outweigh any inconvenience of these policies, which you can review on our “Visit” page.

For Your Visit

Call 928-289-5861 anytime to make a reservation for a 45-minute visit. If your call is not during open hours, leave a message and we’ll call you back soon to schedule. Visitors will be asked to please:

  • Wear a face mask during your visit (provided if needed).
  • Sanitize your hands and allow us to take a touchless temperature.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other groups of visitors.
  • Visit us another time if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

For Your Safety

  • Staff will take all the same precautions as our visitors.
  • Staff has installed safety measures inside the museum.
  • Staff will sanitize the museum before each shift.

The Rationale

OTM’s reopening policies were developed based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Arizona, as well as on recommendations from the International Council of Museums, the American Alliance of Museums, and reopening plans from other museums. OTM is committed to staying current on the latest information and updating these policies as needed.

These policies are based on current scientific consensus on how the coronavirus is transmitted: It is airborne, and “Infection = Exposure to Virus x Time.” The longer you are with an infected, unmasked person in an enclosed space/room, the higher the risk of getting infected from their sneeze or cough (one incident for viral exposure), talking (5 minutes for viral exposure), or breathing (50 minutes for viral exposure). Further, almost half of all infections have occurred from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people, and the latter are at their most infectious just prior to showing symptoms.

Since OTM Volunteers fall into the highest-risk category – people 65 or older, many of whom have serious underlying medical conditions – only OTM Staff will host museum visitors and researchers at this time.

The OTM Online Store is here! You can access the site directly or from several pages here on the OTM Website. Make your secure payments when you purchase or renew your WHS membership; make a one-time donation or special gift; or purchase an OTM historical calendar or publication on a Winslow or northeastern Arizona topic (descriptions of the publications are available on the store website). Your purchases are sales-tax-free and support the museum in accomplishing our mission. Thank you for your support!