The High Desert Fly-In is back! The HDFI Committee will host this annual event on Saturday, September 17, from 8 am to 12 noon at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport.

As always, the Fly-In will include free admission to all and a Cowboy Breakfast from 8 to 10 am for $6 a person.

General aviation, special-use, and historical aircraft will fly in and be available for public viewing on the tarmac. Complimentary flights for young people will once again be offered courtesy of the Flagstaff EAA on a first-come/first-served basis from 8 to 11 am (waiver required).

In the hangar, the Winslow Public Library will provide hands-on activities in the Flying Fun Kids Area. The Old Trails Museum will host exhibits and displays of historical artifacts related to regional aviation in the Flying Through History Area.

Once again, the featured charity will be the Fly-In Angels for Winslow Animal Control. Attendees can bring donations of cash or pet food to the Fly-In, where they’ll receive a WAC Adoption Coupon. Wiseman Aviation will also donate a portion of every fuel sale to the cause.

The High Desert Fly-In is a nonprofit partnership between Wiseman Aviation, the City of Winslow, and Winslow’s Airport Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Commission, Public Library, Rotary Club, and Old Trails Museum. The committee works throughout the year planning this exciting annual event and welcomes participation by local individuals and organizations.

The Old Trails Museum will host our 2022 Summer History Highlight on Saturday, July 23, at 2 pm, in the Winslow Arts Trust Museum at La Posada Hotel, when author Jan Cleere will present Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontiers.

Health care in early Arizona was hardly reliable and frequently nonexistent. Settlers were often on their own when tragedy struck, with women taking on the responsibility for the well-being of their families. And if women were considered incapable of earning the title “Doctor,” they could certainly save souls. Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership.

Despite her tough self-reliance, Winslow’s own “Doctor” Grandma French was known for her healing abilities and gentle nature. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel of Tucson.” Florence Yount is recognized as Prescott’s first woman physician, while Teresita Urrea was sometimes lionized for her hands-on healing powers. Saint Katharine Drexel invested much of her vast fortune in educating Navajo children. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet trudged across the blazing desert enduring untold hardships before arriving safely in the territory to administer to the health and well-being of the children of the desert.

Cleere is an award-winning author, historian, and lecturer who writes and presents extensively about the desert Southwest, particularly the pioneers who first settled Arizona Territory. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Arizona State University West with a degree is American Studies, and the author of six historical nonfiction books about the people who first ventured west. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications, and she writes “Western Women,” a monthly column for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star that details the lives of some of Arizona’s early amazing women. OTM’s 2022 Summer History Highlight is made possible by Arizona Humanities, and we are grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to offer this program.

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Find out more about that treasured family heirloom at the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair! The Old Trails Museum will host the fifth annual fair on Saturday, July 9, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West 2nd Street.

Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale is bringing his expertise back to Winslow to offer verbal appraisals (not in writing) of objects including (but not limited to): paintings, prints, and sculpture from the 17th century to the modern; silver, porcelain, crystal, art glass, and pottery; antique furniture, clocks, and jewelry; manuscripts and signatures; and Asian art and Native American arts and crafts. (No guns, coins, or stamps will be appraised.)

Attendance is limited, so schedule your one-on-one appointment with Morton by calling the Old Trails Museum at 928-289-5861 by Tuesday, July 5. The charge for the first item is $15 and the second is $5 – an excellent value versus the cost of a private appraisal.

Born in Phoenix and raised around antiques, Morton formed Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale in 1993. As a certified and licensed appraiser, he provides advice and fair market appraisals to individuals, estates, companies, and public institutions. He regularly appears on PBS’s Arizona Collectables, which airs on Channel 8 on Thursdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 11 am.

The Old Trails Museum presents the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair as a service to the community; the event is not a fundraiser and the charge is only to cover the museum’s 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.

The Old Trails Museum will present our 2022 Spring History Highlight online through the Virtual AZ Speaks program from Arizona Humanities. On Saturday, April 23, at 2 pm, OTM will host Gregory McNamee’s presentation of Desert Rats, River Runners, and Canyon Crawlers: Four Arizona Explorers. Register for the virtual program here.

Illustrated with historical photographs, maps, and other artwork, McNamee will look back on the accomplishments of four explorers, each of whom shaped our understanding of this wild, sometimes challenging place called Arizona. Francisco Garcés, a Franciscan friar, arrived in what is now Arizona in 1768. Assigned to the church at San Xavier del Bac south of present-day Tucson, he traveled widely throughout Arizona and California, charting overland routes that later travelers would follow.

Near where Garcés would meet his death in 1781, an American soldier named Joseph Christmas Ives embarked on an arduous expedition up the Colorado River, one of the first Americans to see what he called the Big Canyon. A dozen years later, the river-running explorer John Wesley Powell would name it the Grand Canyon, and a hundred years after that a writer named Edward Abbey would explore the canyon country, writing classic books such as Desert Solitaire and Black Sun.

McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and publisher. He is the author or title-page editor of more than forty books and more than 7,500 periodical pieces, including articles, news features, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems, and short stories in such venues as Science, The Washington Post, Outside, Smithsonian, AARP, and CNN.com. He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Kirkus Reviews, the editor of the arts and culture magazine Zócalo, publisher of Polytropos Press, and operator of Sonora Wordworks Editorial and Publishing Services. McNamee is also a research associate at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona.

OTM’s 2022 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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OTM is excited to announce that the museum has received a $15,000 grant from Arizona Humanities! Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The NEH received funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in order to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

OTM is owned and operated by the Winslow Historical Society, an independent nonprofit funded primarily by the City of Winslow and with additional funds from memberships, donations, and gift-shop sales. In 2020 and 2021, the museum’s five-month closure, combined with reduced visitor numbers once it reopened, decreased on-site donations and gift-shop sales.

Along with a reduction in City of Winslow funds, these losses negatively impacted the museum’s prudent reserve and threatened its ability to continue operations at the current level. OTM took advantage of this rare, one-time opportunity to apply for operating funds. The ARP Grant will go a long way toward righting the fiscal ship of a small, rural nonprofit history museum in these financially precarious times.

OTM is grateful to both the NEH, an independent federal agency created in 1965 that supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities; and Arizona Humanities, the nonprofit state affiliate of the NEH that does the same here in Arizona; for making ARP funding accessible to the Old Trails Museum and other small humanities institutions across the state.

The Old Trails Museum’s 2022 historical calendar, Winslow: Then and Now, Volume II, is on sale now! The 2022 edition – still priced at $10 – is available at the museum, La Posada Hotel, 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!

Volume II of the Then-and-Now editions – Volume I was published in 2019 – offers a popular approach for illustrating a locality’s historic preservation efforts: a historic photograph alongside a contemporary image of the same property. Both calendars feature preserved buildings still in use for their original purposes or rehabilitated for new businesses or public use. This edition once again includes a self-guided walking/driving tour of the featured properties as they appear in the calendar: traveling east on Second Street, then west on Third Street, then to other locations in town.

OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed this calendar, and International Minute Press of Flagstaff did the printing. The large historical images are drawn from the OTM Collections or graciously on loan from Winslow residents. Text was adapted from OTM archives, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and Winslow Mail articles by Janice Henling and others. For the small contemporary images, much of the information was provided by the people who currently work in – and lovingly maintain – these historic structures. The museum extends our gratitude to Dona Bruchman Harris, Tescue and Lawrence Kenna, and Lori Bentley Law for loaning their images; Harris and Law for sharing their research; and Law and Dan Lutzick for their invaluable feedback.

OTM’s annual historical calendar is a fundraiser for the museum thanks to our generous advertisers: 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, the Rotary Club of Winslow, Snowdrift Art Space, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.

The Old Trails Museum will present our 2021 Fall History Highlight online through the Virtual AZ Speaks program from Arizona Humanities. On Saturday, November 27, at 2 pm, OTM will host Dr. Laura Tohe’s presentation of More than Pocahontas and Squaws: Indigenous Women Coming into Visibility.

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. Tohe will explore how Indigenous American women have contributed service to Arizona and the US, yet remain invisible in the media and stereotyped in early films. Nevertheless, they have been honored in all areas of public service – law, medicine, literature, military, education, and activism, with awards such as the Presidential Freedom and the MacArthur (genius award), among others.

Among some traditional tribal cultures, women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage and kinship values. Rites of passage celebrate female creativity and the transformative nature of women, hence there was not a need for the concept of feminism. This talk presents related aspects of Indigenous culture and how women have contributed in significant ways, not only to their tribal nations, but to contemporary American life.

Laura Tohe is Diné. She is Sleepy Rock people clan born for the Bitter Water people clan and is the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction from Arizona State University and is the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate. A librettist and an award-winning poet, her books include No Parole Today, Meeting the Spirit of Water (chapbook), Sister Nations (Co-editor), Tséyi, Deep in the Rock, and Code Talker Stories (oral history). Her commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio, world premiered for the Phoenix Symphony, and her latest libretto, Nahasdzaan in the Glittering World, was performed in France in 2019.  Among her awards are the 2020 Academy of American Poetry Fellowship; 2019 American Indian Festival of Writers Award; and the Arizona Book Association’s Glyph Award for Best Poetry.

OTM’s 2021 Fall 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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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. Click here to register for this virtual program.

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 History Minutes 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. 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.