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 (click to see recording) 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 will host a virtual presentation on Saturday, January 23, at 2 pm by Dr. E. Charles Adams (at left), director of the Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program from 1985 to 2017. To register for the virtual program, go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcld-6tqjgpH9YtVMp6gGR7j2N92sLRv3qW.

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,” Dr. Adams will discuss 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!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 High Desert Fly-In will not take place on Saturday, September 19. The HDFI Committee plans to host the Fly-In next year on Saturday, September 18, 2021, when we hope to see you all there again.

The HDFI Committee would like to thank all the organizational partners represented on our committee — the City of Winslow, Wiseman Aviation, the Just Cruis’n Car Club, 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 — for their ongoing commitment to this special annual event.

The HDFI Committee would also like to thank our event collaborators — the Flagstaff EAA Young Eagles, historian Erik Berg, the Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, the E & O Kitchen, the Winslow Senior Center, and Winslow Animal Control — for their willingness to participate in the 2020 Fly-In, and we hope to work with you all next year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair will not take place on July 11, 2020. OTM plan to host the fair in 2021 on a Saturday in July from 10 am to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale will bring his expertise back to Winslow so residents can have their historic items identified and appraised. Please contact Morton directly if you need appraisal advice before then.

Once the 2021 Appraisal Fair date is confirmed, participants will schedule their one-on-one appointments with Morton by calling OTM at 928-289-5861 by the Thursday prior to the event. The charge for the first appraised item will be $20 and for the second item will be $5. OTM 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 costs. We hope to see you there in 2021!

Even though the Old Trails Museum is closed, we want to stay connected with our Facebook friends, so we’ll post an image and caption each Monday from our historical calendar archives. We’ll post them chronologically as a way to preview our 2021 calendar, Winslow Through the Decades, which will feature images that have never been published in an OTM calendar or our Images of America title, Winslow. Check out our Facebook page for these highlights and other news, and stay well: https://www.facebook.com/Old-Trails-Museum-131404730265404/.

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.