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!

The Old Trails Museum offers its 2022 Fall History Highlight on Saturday, October 29, at 2 pm, when ethnobotanist Carrie Cannon presents For the Love of Turquoise. The free presentation takes place at the Winslow Arts Trust Museum at La Posada Hotel, 303 East Second Street.

Found on six continents, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and interacting with copper, aluminum, and iron deposits. Cannon explores the history of this wondrous stone in the Southwest, where it has a compelling story and distinctive cultural style all its own.

Turquoise has a long-standing significance amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, where it holds profound meanings to specific tribes who have used it decoratively for millennia. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the Southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, and medicine pouches. They also made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise.

Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and is also of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Resource Management. She has worked as an ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs since 2005, administering projects for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources that promote the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge and ensure that it will persist as a living practice and tradition.

The 2022 Fall 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, “like” the museum on Facebook.

The Old Trails Museum is co-hosting a free event celebrating the new documentary series, Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road on Wednesday, August 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The program features film excerpts and a panel discussion at the Winslow Theater, preceded by a 5 pm group photo at the Standin’ on the Corner Park (all are welcome), and followed by a reception at the Flatbed Ford Café (RSVP to the reception by Friday, August 12, at 928-289-5861).

Led by filmmaker Katrina Parks, the panel features people who appear in the series including archivist Sean Evans; historians Marshall Trimble, John Westerlund, and Ann-Mary Lutzick; and current and former Winslow residents Denise Natseway Estudillo, Luz Delgadillo Moore, Rosemary Siow Natseway, Larrilynn Oso, and Spencer SooHoo.

The three-part documentary series explores how women overcame segregation and gender discrimination to build fulfilling lives for themselves and generations to come on America’s most beloved road. The Winslow program focuses on the Arizona story, from the women who worked at the Navajo Ordnance Depot near Flagstaff during World War II, to Moore’s reflections of growing up in Seligman during the Great Depression, to the experiences of Chinese American and Laguna families in Winslow. These women shed light on some of the most important events of the last century and reflect upon the American experience.

The Winslow event is made possible with support from Arizona Humanities, the Winslow Theater, and the Old Trails Museum. For the latest updates on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, go to the museum website or Facebook page.


The High Desert Fly-In is back! The HDFI Committee will host the 2022 event on Saturday, September 17, from 8 am to 12 noon at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport. This free annual event features airplanes, history, food, and more!

As in years past, the High Desert Fly-In will include free admission to all and a Cowboy Breakfast by the Winslow Rotary Club from 8 to 10 am for $6 a person. Visiting pilots will enjoy complimentary breakfast, gift bags, and fuel discounts.

Attendees will be allowed on the tarmac to view general aviation, special-use, and historical aircraft. Young people will once again be offered complimentary flights courtesy of the Flagstaff EAA on a first-come/first-served basis from 8 to 11 am (waiver required).

Inside the hangar, the Flying Fun Kids Area will feature hands-on activities from the Winslow Public Library and an interactive World Travel Map. The Flying Through History Area will include the Old Trails Museum’s Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport and The Swamp Ghost and World War II exhibits. Historian Erik Berg will be on hand to talk with attendees about early aviation in the Southwest. 

The featured charity will once again be the Fly-In Angels for Winslow Animal Control. Attendees can bring donations of pet food to the event for donation to the shelter. Wiseman Aviation will also donate a 50-pound bag of dog food for every pilot that attends!

The High Desert Fly-In is a nonprofit partnership between the City of Winslow, Wiseman Aviation, 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 give a free presentation of 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.