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.


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 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.


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.