Out of concern for the health of our guests and volunteers, the Old Trails Museum will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, we hope that you’ll visit our “Exhibits” page and explore our online exhibits on Winslow’s rich history. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we wish you and yours good health.

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Old Trails Museum is postponing the March 28 presentation at the Winslow Visitors Center until further notice. We will let you know as soon as we can schedule a new date, and thank you all for your ongoing support of our programs.

The Old Trails Museum offers its 2020 Spring History Highlight on Saturday, March 28, at 2 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Sativa Peterson, News Content Program Manager for the State of Arizona Research Library, will lead attendees through a free, interactive presentation of Revealing History – A Look at Community Through Arizona’s Historical Newspapers.

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 2020 Spring History Highlight is made possible in part by an Arizona Humanities grant for a statewide tour of Revealing History that begins in Winslow. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, go to our website or “like” the museum on Facebook.

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Homolovi State Park, the Winslow Arts Trust (WAT), and the Old Trails Museum – in cooperation with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office – have created a unique partnership to host a major exhibition in northeastern Arizona: Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi.

Join us for the exhibition’s Grand Opening on January 18, 2020, at 2 pm at the WAT Museum at La Posada Hotel, 333 East 2nd Street. The event will include the Hopi Polequaptewa Dancers and comments by Dr. E. Charles Adams. Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi will be on display through January 10, 2021.

Created by the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the exhibition synthesizes more than thirty years of archaeological research by the museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program. Through images, maps, and the voices of present-day Hopi, it tells the story of the people who lived in seven villages along the Little Colorado River – near what is now Winslow – in the 1300s. Present-day Hopi refer to the former settlements nestled among the small, raised buttes as Homol’ovi, “place of little hills.”

Dr. Adams, now retired, directed the Homol’ovi Research Program from 1985 to 2017. “We found the (archaeological) record remarkably intact and fully able to tell the stories of the place,” said Adams, who credits the program’s work with revealing a timeline for life at Homol’ovi, the relationships among the area’s inhabitants, and the importance of the river in their lifeways.

The exhibition also illustrates how collaborative research with descendant communities increases our understanding of the past and enhances the interpretation of archaeological resources. In recognition of its important archaeological resources, the Homol’ovi area became Arizona’s first archaeological state park in 1986 through a wide-ranging partnership between the Hopi people, state agencies, the governor’s office, local civic leaders, and avocational archaeologists.

After viewing Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi, attendees are invited to visit Homolovi State Park and see how the pueblos and artifacts have been protected. Take the short 10-minute drive from the WAT Museum by going east on 2nd Street to 87 North; turn left and take 87 North to Winslow-Polacca Road; and turn left to arrive at the Homolovi State Park Visitors Center (see map below).

Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi is made possible in Winslow by Arizona State Parks & Trails/Homolovi State Park, the Winslow Arts Trust, the Old Trails Museum, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, and the Arizona State Museum. For the latest updates on related programs throughout 2020, check the OTM Website or go to https://azstateparks.com/homolovi/events.

The Old Trails Museum’s 2020 historical calendar, La Posada: The History of a Harvey Grand Hotel, is on sale now! The 2020 edition – still priced at $10 – is available at the museum, La Posada HotelArizona 66 Trading Company, On the Corner Gifts, Winslow Dental, and the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post. Your OTM Store purchases are sales-tax-free, support the museum, and keep your shopping dollars local!

The 2020 edition explores the original incarnation of Winslow’s La Posada, the last of the Santa Fe-owned and Harvey-operated grand hotels to open, which it did on May 14, 1930. The calendar also previews an OTM exhibit opening in 2020 – La Posada: The Evolution of a Harvey Grand Hotel – which will include the story of the hotel’s rebirth and current success as well.

The calendar uses historic images to illustrate the hotel’s original purpose and design, historic heyday, and dormant period as a Santa Fe office building. Photographs are from the OTM Collections unless otherwise noted. Sources include Winslow Mail articles, adapted text from OTM 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 graphic design and printing. The museum thanks Colleen Hyde at the Grand Canyon National Park Museum, Melissa Lawton with the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Hannah Abelbeck with the New Mexico History Museum-Palace of the Governors for their help with images, and Kim Gould 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, Bojo’s Grill & Sports Club, Casey’s, 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.

The Winslow Historical Society (WHS) will host its 2019 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 10, 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 the Way-Better-Than-Nothings. The local supergroup consisting of Dave Eitenmiller, Casey Gilliam, Greg Hackler, and Ray Tutaj Jr. will perform a mix of acoustic folk and classic rock. They most recently performed as the opening act of the 2019 Standin’ on the Corner Festival.

The WHS Annual Meeting will begin at 2:45 pm and 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 WHS memberships for 2020; order the Old Trail Museum’s 2020 historical calendar, La Posada: The History of a Harvey Grand Hotel, and take tickets for a chance to win terrific door prizes donated by the OTM Store, La Posada, and several Board members.

In addition to our current members, the Old Trails Museum extends a special invitation to anyone interested in becoming an OTM Volunteer. If you love 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. 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 2019 High Desert Fly-In took place at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport on Saturday, September 21, from 8 am to noon. The free annual event was a terrific success this year, hosting over 250 attendees and over thirty planes. Our charity for 2019 – the Fly-In Angels for Winslow Animal Control – received two pallets of dog and cat food and treats from Purina in Flagstaff, along with many generous donations of cash and pet food from attendees. Wiseman Aviation also donated 40 cents from every gallon of fuel sold during the event, for a cash total of $500 that the High Desert Fly-In Committee presented to Winslow Animal Control.

Wiseman Aviation allowed attendees on the tarmac to view the many visiting aircraft and talk to the pilots, who were mostly visiting from the Deer Valley, Falcon Field, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airports in the Valley. Pilots received fuel discounts and gift bags that included the 2020 historical calendar, Flying Through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, created by the Old Trails Museum, sponsored by Wiseman Aviation, and available for purchase at the airport.

There were many activities for the whole family, and the Fly-In Committee thanks Flagstaff EAA Young Eagles for providing free flights to kids; the Winslow Rotary Club for providing their annual Pancake Breakfast, and the E & O Kitchen for offering delicious food from their tarmac patio. The Flying Fun Kids and Flying Through History Areas – provided by the Winslow Public Library and the Old Trails Museum respectively – were well-attended.

The latter included the Old Trails Museum’s exhibit Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport and The Swamp Ghost and World War II exhibits; historian Erik Berg talking about his writings and display of artifacts on aviation in the Southwest; author Robert F. Kirk selling and talking about his book, Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then and Now, and Steve Owen from the Western NM Aviation Heritage Museum in Grants, New Mexico, talking about early aviation in the Southwest.

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

The Old Trails Museum offers its 2019 Summer History Highlight on Saturday, August 10, at 2 pm at the Winslow Arts Trust Museum, 333 East Second Street. Former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a highway department newsletter evolved into one of the world’s most revered travel publications in the free presentation of On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways Magazine.

First published in 1921 by the Arizona Highway Department (now the Arizona Department of Transportation) Arizona Highways first appeared in black-and-white magazine format in April 1925. Though it primarily provided engineers and contractors with information on road-construction projects, the publication also included travel stories and scenic photographs.

In 1937, new editor Raymond Carlson expanded the magazine’s audience to include the general public. He introduced color photography and featured the work of acclaimed landscape photographers who showcased the beauty and diversity of Arizona’s terrain, wildlife, and people. Subsequent editors – including Holden – maintained these traditions while also acting as industry innovators.  

With over 125,000 subscribers in every state and over one hundred countries, Arizona Highways is now recognized as one of the world’s finest and most popular travel magazines. With a unique publishing model not dependent on advertising, the publication has unearthed new sources of revenue to sustain its operations. Learn how this remarkable publication beat the odds and thrives in a competitive environment that has seen other respected national magazines fall by the wayside.

Named the sixth publisher of Arizona Highways in 2000, Holden headed a diverse group of businesses that included book publishing, product development and marketing, and retailing. A Valley resident since 1980, he is on the board of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association.

The 2019 Summer History Highlight is made possible in part by Arizona Humanities, a non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, go to our website or “like” the museum on Facebook.

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If you’ve ever wondered about that old family heirloom, find out about it at the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair! The Old Trails Museum will host the fourth annual fair on Saturday, July 20, 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 Thursday, July 18. 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 offers its 2019 Spring History Highlight on Saturday, May 4, at 2 pm at the Winslow Arts Trust Museum, 333 East Second Street. Author Jan Cleere celebrates the lives of remarkable women who helped shape the territory and state in Legacies of the Past: Arizona Women Who Made History.

Cleere will introduce us to artists and healers, to teachers and entrepreneurs, to those who plowed the land and others who helped establish laws in the new Arizona Territory. These women became known for their adventuresome spirits, their confrontation of extraordinary situations, their fortitude in the face of adversity, and their dedication to improving the lives of others. Some gained a degree of celebrity across the state, within their communities, and throughout their tribal regions, while others remained relatively unknown. Some faced and fought discrimination, and some laid down their lives.

Meet an array of women who endured troubles and hardships but also achieved amazing feats and triumphs during the territory’s early days, bringing a unique perspective into a harsh, strange country. Learn about Native women warriors and peacemakers as well as women who rode into the territory to discover a completely different way of life. These are women who persisted and persevered in their quest to explore, discover, and conquer new lands and new beginnings.

Cleere is an award-winning author, historian, and lecturer who lives in Oro Valley. An American Studies graduate of Arizona State University, she has authored five historical nonfiction books about the people who settled the desert Southwest. Her freelance work appears in publications such as Arizona Highways, and she writes a monthly column for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson – “Western Women” – that details the amazing lives our state’s early female residents. Cleere serves on the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail’s Coordinating Council and is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Western Writers of America, National Federation of Press Women, and Women Writing the West.

The 2019 Spring History Highlight is made possible in part by Arizona Humanities, a non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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.

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