The Old Trails Museum offers its 2019 Fall History Highlight on Saturday, October 19, at 2 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Journalist Jana Bommersbach will explore Arizona’s colorful past and independent spirit in the free presentation of Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona.

Bommersbach borrows from her work in True West Magazine and Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. You’ll learn why Arizona has had an inordinate influence on American politics; how it landed the nation’s first and largest public works projects; and why, no matter what outrageous thing happens anywhere in the world, there is bound to be an Arizona connection.

Bommersbach spotlights larger-than-life residents such as Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, Sharlot Hall, and the Baron of Arizona, who terrorized the Arizona Territory in one of the most amazing con jobs in history. Was there really a “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” or should it more accurately be called “The Gunfight across the street from the Adilie Borland Dress Shop?” A perfect introduction to Arizona, this romp through its colorful history will shock, delight, inform, tickle, and leave you wanting to learn more!

One of Arizona’s most respected journalists, Bommersbach has been a reporter and editor for both weekly and daily newspapers; she’s written books and is a major contributor to an anthology; she’s written columns and investigative stories for magazines; and she’s appeared on television with both political commentaries and investigative stories. She currently writes for True West magazine, digging up the real stories behind the popular myths, with an emphasis on women of the Old West. Her insight, knowledge, and wit produce exuberant, riveting speeches that always garner rave reviews.

The 2019 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, go to our website or “like” the museum on Facebook.

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) as a newsletter, 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.

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’s 2019 historical calendar, Winslow: Then and Now, is on sale now! The 2019 edition — still priced at $10 — is available at the museum, Arizona 66 Trading Company, On the Corner Gifts, La Posada Hotel, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. Your OTM Store purchases are sales-tax-free, support the museum, and keep your shopping dollars local!

This 2019 edition offers a popular approach for illustrating a locality’s historic preservation efforts: a historic photograph alongside a contemporary image of the same property. The calendar features rehabilitated buildings that are still in use for their original purposes or as new businesses or public institutions. The large historic photographs have not previously been published in an OTM calendar or in our Images of America title, Winslow. Text for these photographs was adapted from OTM publications and exhibits, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and Winslow Mail articles by Janice Henling and others. (Cover Image: Winslow’s Hubbell Trading Post in 1948, now the Winslow Visitor’s Center/Chamber of Commerce. Herb & Dorothy McLaughlin Collection, ASU Library)

For the small contemporary images, much of the information was provided by people who currently work in – and lovingly maintain – these historic structures. The 2019 edition includes a bonus insert: A self-guided driving tour of the featured properties as they appear in the calendar: driving east on 2nd Street, then west on 3rd Street, an d then to a few other locations elsewhere in town. Further, the museum has compiled a list of additional properties that we hope to include in another Then and Now edition. If you have a historic photograph of any of them that we have never published, we would love to include it and acknowledge your loan.

OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed this calendar, and International Minute Press of Flagstaff did the graphic design and printing. Most photographs are from the OTM Collections, with many thanks to Renee James at Arizona State University Library for her help with the Herb and Dorothy McLaughlin Collection. Lutzick also thanks Melanie Tobin of the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program, Sandra Harvey of Dominique’s On the Corner, Marshall Losey with the Winslow Senior Center, Frank Guzman with Bank of the West, Corey Mincevich and Jason Davis with the USPS-Winslow, Melissa Robertson Olson of Stuart Eye Center, Arianna Huerta with Washington Elementary School, Sondra Purcell of the Haven/Sanctuary, Terry Nagel with Four Corners Realty, and Kim Gould, Curtis Hardy, 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 Hardware, Cross U Management Company, On the Corner Gifts, Harley Hendricks Realty, Kenna Properties, La Posada Hotel, the Leavitt Group, Mojo Coffee Company, the Palace Projects, Robert & Clint Cox Automotive Service, Snowdrift Art Space, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.

The Old Trails Museum offers its 2019 Winter History Highlight on Saturday, February 9, at 2 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Educator Casey Davis will explore the US Army’s failed experiment using camels in the Southwest in his free presentation of Hi Jolly and Mystery of the US Army Camel Corps.

In 1857, Lieutenant Edward F. Beale established the Beale Wagon Road, a popular pioneer trail during the 1860s and 1870s that passed through the future town site of Winslow. Beale famously used camels during his expeditions in the newly-acquired and semiarid southwestern territory. Haj Ali – better known in the region as Hi Jolly – relocated from the Middle East along with the camels in order to teach the soldiers how to mind them.

Hi Jolly trekked across the Southwest with the Beale Expedition from Camp Verde in present-day Indianola, Texas, to the Drum Barracks in San Pedro, California. His courage and tenacity not only helped with the camel patrols but also with opening up the region to Middle Eastern immigrants during the latter part of the 19th century. This grand experiment also added to Beale’s military record, especially when some of the camels were used in the only tactical charge led by the Camel Corps.

The camels ate indigenous grasses and were faster and stronger than horses in the desert. Even though US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis desperately wanted the Camel Corps to be successful, the experiment was a failure. This presentation will look at the exploits of Hi Jolly within the larger context of the West, and at how the camel experiment added to the region’s unique history and continuing mystique.

A storyteller at heart, Davis enjoys sharing with all types of audiences. He has been an educator for fifteen years and a writer for much longer. He is currently an Instructional Designer for Arizona State University University Technology Office. Davis has published curricula and textbooks in both the sciences and humanities, and his research interests include American history, religion, science, instructional design,gifted and talented students, and second-language learners.

The 2019 Winter History Highlight is made possible in part by Arizona Humanities, anon-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.


The Winslow Historical Society (WHS) will host its 2018 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 11, 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 vocalists Bailey and Madison Hartman. The twin sisters are freshman at Winslow High School and have been singing together publicly since the fifth grade. They have sung in their church and school honor choirs and have performed the National Anthem at various school functions and sporting events.

The Hartman sisters will perform a mix of pop, country, and religious selections and will then open the WHS Annual Meeting at 2:45 pm with the Star Spangled Banner. The meeting will 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 memberships for 2019; order the Old Trail Museum’s 2019 historical calendar, Winslow: Then and Now; and take a ticket for a chance to win a terrific door prize donated by the OTM Store, La Posada Hotel, and several Board members.

In addition to our current members, the Old Trails Museum extends a special invitation to anyone who might be interested in becoming an OTM Volunteer. If you or someone you know loves 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. So 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 2018 High-Desert Fly-In and 2018 Fly Back in Time Gala took place at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport on Saturday, October 13. In a first-time partnership with Winslow Head Start, attendees were invited to become “Fly-In Angels” by donating winter outerwear and accessories for 4-to-6-year-old children.

Over 300 attendees attended the Fly-In that morning, when the Winslow Senior Center provided shuttle service from the parking lot, the Winslow Rotary Club hosted a pancake breakfast, the Just Cruis’n Car Club displayed some vintage automobiles, and Wiseman Aviation allowed attendees on the tarmac to view general aviation and historic aircraft.

The latter included Glenn Anderson’s restored 1956 T-34A Mentor, which was a 2017 Copperstate Grand Champion, and Chuck Swanberg’s 1948 American Ryan L-17, which won Best Warbird at the 2016/2018 Land of Enchantment Fly-Ins. All visiting pilots enjoyed free breakfast, gift bags, fuel discounts, and an FAA Safety Seminar.

Four pilots from Flagstaff’s EAA Chapter #856 provided complimentary plane rides to over 100 parents and their kids, who also enjoyed hands-on activities provided by the Winslow Public Library in the Flying Fun Kids Area.

The Flying Through History Area included OTM’s Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport and The Swamp Ghost and World War II exhibits. Historian Erik Berg and Steve Owen from the Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum in Grants shared displays and talked with attendees about the region’s aviation history.

That evening, 120 guests entered the hangar — beautifully decorated by Linda and Bruce Lazzarini – for the Gala. They were greeted by the Cherry Bombs, a nonprofit women’s group, with door-prize tickets and free retro treats from the Winslow Chamber of Commerce‘s Candy Terminal. Deborah Allen Photography took photos of attendees that she made available to them online for free later that week.

Attendees then enjoyed a catered buffet dinner by Creations in Cuisine and the nostalgic sounds of the Big Band Connection from Flagstaff. Some also dressed in period attire and competed in the Vintage Threads Costume Contest. The High Desert Silent Auction came to a close as winners collected their items donated by local businesses and individuals.

The High Desert Fly-In Committee thanks Pro 5 Design of Peoria, Arizona, for their Business Patron sponsorship. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook photo albums as well as our HDFI Website , which will soon link to a video of this year’s Fly Back in Time Gala by Venuti Films.

Thanks to the generosity of the Petrified Forest National Park, Doug Baum brought his Texas Camel Corps to the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post on Monday, September 17, 2018. He provided special demonstrations at 11 am,  12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm for over 900 students and members of the general public, all of whom met the camels and learned about their history in the area along the Beale Wagon Road.

In 1857, Lt. Edward F. Beale established the Beale Wagon Road, a popular pioneer trail during the 1860s and 1870s that passed through the future townsite of Winslow. Beale famously used camels during his expeditions in the semiarid West. The animals ate desert grasses and were faster and stronger than horses, but the experiment did not result in their permanent use.

The Texas Camel Corps even made their way to the Standin’ on the Corner Park at the end of the day for a quick photo op.  Program partners also included the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winslow, and the Old Trails Museum. We thank everyone involved for their help in making this such a great event!