The Old Trails Museum offers its free 2024 History Highlight on Saturday, April 20, at 2 pm in the La Posada Hotel Ballroom, 303 East Second Street. Retired archaeologist Neil Weintraub will present Footsteps from the Past: Retracing the Epic 1928 Route 66, 3,400-Mile Bunion Derby Footrace Across Northern Arizona, followed by a question-and-answer session.

On March 4, 1928, 199 of the world’s greatest long-distance runners from 24 countries lined up on a muddy track in Los Angeles to embark on an 84-day, 3,400-mile stage race across the United States, lured by a $25,000 first prize. The US Highway 66 Association paid promoter Charles C. Pyle to coordinate the transcontinental race, in order to bring attention to improvements in the new route that had just been designated in 1926.

After experiencing harsh weather and injuries, 99 runners dropped out before they reached Williams on March 16, and only 55 runners crossed the finish line in New York City on May 25. Sponsored by the Hubble Trading Post in Winslow, Hopi runner Nicholas Quamawahu was one of the race favorites but was forced to withdraw with a heel injury east of Seligman. Using newspaper accounts and photographs, Weintraub will focus on the days the runners passed through northern Arizona – including Winslow – and will point out nearby places that attendees can visit to retrace the footsteps of these intrepid runners.

In 2020, Weintraub retired from a 33-year archaeology career with the US Forest Service, mostly as the South Kaibab Zone Archaeologist based in Flagstaff. His accolades include the 2020 Professional Archaeologist of the Year from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and Arizona Preservation Foundation, 2019 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, and Arizona Daily Sun’s Citizen of the Year in 2016. His volunteer endeavors include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff, the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association, the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, and the northern Arizona division of Arizona State Parks’ Arizona Site Stewards program.

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The Old Trails Museum’s 2024 historical calendar, This Month in Winslow, is priced at $12 and is now available at the Old Trails Museum (OTM), Arizona 66 Trading Company, La Posada Hotel, On the Corner Gifts, and the Winslow Visitors Center. 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!

This year’s edition presents photos and descriptions of events from throughout Winslow’s history that occurred in the corresponding months. It features photos from the museum’s collections, or on loan from supporters, that have not been in a prior calendar. When an event has been featured in a prior calendar, this calendar presents updated information as well as a photo from a different perspective. Historical sources include Winslow Mail articles by Janice Henling and other reporters, archival material from OTM’s collections, and adapted text from OTM publications and exhibits.

OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed the calendar, Minuteman Press of Flagstaff did the printing, and photos are from the OTM Collections unless noted. The museum extends its gratitude to Rosemary Siow Natseway for loaning her image, and to Jim Buckley, Janice Henling, and Dan Lutzick for their invaluable feedback. The cover photo is from Sunday, March 28, 1937, when members of the Rainbow Girls assembled at La Posada for their first annual Easter Breakfast. They posed in their holiday bonnets before they went off to their various church services.

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

The Winslow Historical Society (WHS) will host its 2023 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 12, 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 a Mexican buffet and a dance performance by Aguilas de Oro Folklorico. The local troupe recently performed at the Mother Road Farmers Market. (Photo courtesy of Aguilas de Oro.)

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 annual WHS memberships; buy the 2024 calendar, This Month in Winslow; and have a chance to win terrific door prizes donated by La Posada Hotel, Motor Palace Mercantile, the OTM Store, and more.

The Old Trails Museum extends a special invitation to anyone interested in becoming an OTM Volunteer. If you love history, please consider attending the Annual Meeting and talking with current volunteers about their experiences hosting visitors or working in collections. In doing so, they learn more about their home and its history, and they talk with visitors from all over the country and world, serving as ambassadors for the museum, for Winslow, and for Historic Route 66.

The Winslow Historical Society’s annual celebration of its membership is a reflection of the Old Trails Museum’s community support and the backbone of its grassroots fundraising efforts. With you, we have a future; without you, we’re history!

The Old Trails Museum is transitioning to an e-newsletter! Debuting in fall 2023, OTM eNEWS will provide quarterly updates on the museum’s activities, programs, and publications. No longer just a benefit of membership, anyone can sign up here to receive OTM eNews, along with occasional emails about upcoming happenings. We look forward to staying in touch!

The Old Trails Museum is seeking your photos for a new book! Past & Present: Winslow, an Arcadia Publishing title, will feature historic photos (1960s or earlier) of Winslow buildings alongside current, in-color images of the same properties.

OTM is looking for photos of specific buildings because we don’t have good ones – or ones at all – of many we would love to include in the book. You would only have to lend us your photo to scan and your permission to use it, rather than donating it to the museum.   

Below is the list of properties for which we’re seeking photos, along with guidelines on the types of photos we can (and can’t) use. Thank you in advance for helping to spread Winslow’s great history!

We’re looking for historic photos of:

  • Winslow Auto Supply (now art gallery) at 200 West Second Street (NW corner of Second and Warren)
  • Texaco (now Harley Hendricks Realty) at 201 West Second Street (SW corner of Second and Warren)
  • Buckleys Bootery (now Crafters Den) at 110 West Second Street
  • J.C. Penney Co (now Route 66 Plaza) on West Second Street
  • Valley National Bank (now Old Trails Museum) at 212 North Kinsley Avenue
  • Lehman’s Department Store (now Motor Palace Mercantile) at 213 North Kinsley Avenue
  • W. Bow Grocery (now Flatbed Ford Cafe) at 214 North Kinsley Avenue
  • Rialto Theater (now Winslow Theater) at 115 North Kinsley Avenue
  • Quality Bakery OR US Post Office (now Olde Town Grill) at 108 East Second Street
  • Arizona Public Service OR Marcher Motors (now city property) on the SW Corner of Second and Williamson
  • Desert Sun Motel (now Apartments) at 1000 East Third Street
  • Marble Motel (now Earls Route 66 Motor Lodge) at 512 East Third Street
  • Sprouse-Reitz Store (now Wild Styles) at 101 East Third Street (SE corner of Third and Kinsley)
  • Welcome to Winslow Sign on West Third Street
  • The Root Beer Stand at 1001 North Williamson Avenue

We Can Use:

  • *Clear and Sharp* Original Photos larger than 3×3 inches and smaller than 17×11.5 inches
  • *Clear and Sharp* Historic Postcards

We Can’t Use:

  • Photos smaller than 3×3 inches or larger than 17×11.5 inches
  • Photos printed with an ink-jet or laser printer on regular or photo paper
  • Photos that have been retouched or “Photoshopped”
  • Negatives
  • Photos printed in books
  • Photos of photos
  • Photocopies
  • Images clipped from newspapers

Find out more about that treasured family heirloom at the 2023 Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair! The Old Trails Museum will host the sixth annual fair on Saturday, July 8, 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 appraise your treasured items. Attendance is limited, so call the museum at 928-289-5861 to schedule your appointment and payment. The charge for one item is $25 and for two is $30, an excellent value versus the cost of a private appraisal. OTM presents the fair as a service to the community; it is not a fundraiser and the charge covers the museum’s costs.

Morton will 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.)

Born in Phoenix and raised around antiques, Morton formed Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale in 1993. As a certified and licensed appraiser, he provides fair market appraisals and advice 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.

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The Old Trails Museum offers its free 2023 Spring History Highlight on Saturday, April 29, at 2 pm in the La Posada Hotel Ballroom, 303 East Second Street. Ken Zoll, Executive Director Emeritus of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will present on his new book, H. H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Harvey H. Nininger is considered by many to be the “Father of American Meteoritics,” or the study of meteorites. When he began to search for them as a young man, he was told by the Smithsonian Institution’s head curator of geology, “if you live to be 100 and find one meteorite, you will have done well.” Despite this discouragement, by 1941 his personal collection represented one-half of all the known meteorites in the world.

During his long career as a pioneer and innovator in the field, Nininger wrote ten books and 162 articles on meteoritics. He also served as the Curator of Meteorites at the Denver Museum of Natural History from 1930 to 1943. He moved to Arizona in 1946 and established the American Meteorite Museum in the former Meteor Crater Observatory – built by Winslow resident Harry Locke – on famous US Route 66 and just north of Meteor Crater. The museum’s visitation declined after a Route 66 realignment, so Nininger operated the museum on Sedona’s Main Street from 1953 to 1960.

The Nininger Collection was eventually sold to the British Museum of Natural History and to Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies. Nininger passed away in 1986 at the age of 99, shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet. Zoll’s talk will cover the whole of Nininger’s colorful career and its Winslow connections, including Locke’s observatory construction, the 1941 Ford-TWA Expedition from the Winslow airport to explore the Meteor Crater area, and Nininger’s many discoveries at Meteor Crater.

After thirty-five years of federal service in Chicago and Washington, D.C, Zoll retired to Sedona with his wife Nancy in 2004. He was a founding member of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde in 2010 and served as its Executive Director from 2012 to 2022. His primary area of study is Cultural (Ancient) Astronomy, and he is credited with several significant discoveries in cultural astronomy of the Southwest. He is a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archaeological Society, and he has authored professional articles on the subject as well as several popular books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona.

All proceeds from the sale of the Nininger book will benefit the Old Trails Museum and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum. 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’s 2023 historical calendar, Winslow In the 1950s, is on sale now! The 2023 edition, now priced at $12, is available at the museum, La Posada Hotel, On the Corner Gifts, Arizona 66 Trading Company, 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 2023 edition focuses exclusively on the 1950s, a decade filled with significant events for Winslow’s leadership, organizations, and citizens. The large photos roll out chronologically, and each month’s small photo relates to the large one. Historical sources include Winslow Mail articles by Janice Henling and others, archival material from OTM’s collections, and adapted text from OTM publications and exhibits. Photographs from the 1950s in the museum’s collections were taken primarily by three Winslow residents: George Sutherland, Harry Summers, and John P. Scott.

OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed the calendar, and International Minute Press of Flagstaff did the printing. Photographs are from the OTM Collections unless noted, and the museum extends our gratitude to Jenny Kincaid, Ted Miley, Rosemary Siow Natseway, the Madonna House, and the Diocese of Gallup for loaning their images; and to Janice Henling, 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: 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 Winslow Historical Society (WHS) will host its 2022 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 13, 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 jitterbug performance by David Bates and Ivana Fitzgerald, in keeping with the theme of OTM’s 2023 historical calendar, Winslow in the 1950s (photo from the 1958 Winslow Jaycees Rodeo). If you have any classic clothing or accessories from the 1950s, you are invited to wear them to the festivities!

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 2023, buy the 2023 calendar, and take tickets for a chance to win terrific door prizes donated by La Posada Hotel, Motor Palace Mercantile, the OTM Store, and more.

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 either hosting visitors or organizing collections and archives.

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 talk with visitors from all over the country and world. They serve as our public face to these visitors, as ambassadors from the museum, from Winslow, 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!