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!

In conjunction with the 2018 High Desert Fly-In and Fly Back in Time Gala on October 13, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Fall History Highlight on Thursday, October 11, at 5 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Kenneth Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, will give a free presentation of Arizona’s First Meteorite Man: H.H. Nininger.

Regarded as the “Father of American Meteoritics,” Harvey Harlow Nininger became a meteoriticist in 1923 after witnessing a meteor in the sky overhead. He moved his family to Denver, Colorado, in 1929 and established what was later named the American Meteorite Laboratory. He hoped that educating the public about the scientific importance of meteorites would facilitate the Laboratory’s mission of discovering, collecting, and studying them.

Nininger continued that mission when he founded the American Meteorite Museum in 1946. Housed in the former Meteor Crater Observatory, the museum’s location on Route 66 allowed him to display over 6,000 specimens to the public while conducting fieldwork at the nearby crater. When Route 66 was rerouted in 1953, he moved the museum to Sedona until it closed in 1960. He sold most of his collection to the British Museum in 1958 and the remainder to Arizona State University, which opened the Center for Meteorite Studies in 1961.

Nininger died in 1986 at the age of 99, just missing the return of Halley’s Comet. Over the course of his career he wrote numerous books and papers on meteorites and made significant contributions to the field, such as discovering new types of meteorites, developing new ways of recovering meteorites, applying meteorite data to missile design, and reaching new conclusions about the meteorite that created Meteor Crater.

In addition to his work at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Zoll is a cultural astronomy instructor with the Arizona Archaeological Society and is currently working with the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies on the use of meteorites in ancient Native American culture. He has authored several books and articles on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona, including Sinagua Sunwatcher and Heart of the Sky: Ancient Skywatchers of Central Arizona. Zoll is also a researcher of the Billingsley Hopi Dancers and a volunteer docent at Coconino National Forest cultural heritage sites.

The 2018 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, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on Facebook.


In conjunction with a Mid-Summer’s Day in Winslow on Saturday, August 11, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Summer History Highlight at 2 pm at La Posada Hotel, 303 East Second Street. Using historical memoirs and photographs, Dr. Barbara Jaquay will explore Arizona’s sheep industry in her free presentation of Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona.

Sheep ranching has been somewhat overlooked in the telling of Arizona’s history. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors began their push northward from Mexico and brought the region’s first sheep as a food source. Father Eusebio Kino introduced sheep into the Pimería Alta in the late 1600s, teaching local Native Americans sheep husbandry to provide a constant supply of wool and meat.

By the 1890s, sheepherding was a major enterprise in Arizona Territory. Many different ethnic groups settled the territory, where American, Mexican, Basque, and Canadian pioneers raised both their families and flocks of sheep. Northern Arizona families such as the Ajas, Candelarias, Jaques, and O’Hacos worked diligently through economic downturns caused by droughts, range wars, government regulations, and a shrinking workforce – sometimes weathering them better than cattle ranchers.

At its height, Arizona’s sheep industry boasted more than 150 sheep owners, and 1.5 million sheep roamed the grasslands. Despite the challenges, several Arizona families and tribal nations still work with sheep, and a few still graze them in the traditional method of moving the animals from the desert ranges to mountain pastures every year with the cyclical rhythm of the land. While it never competed with the five “C’s,” the sheep industry has added a great deal to the economic and ethnic diversity of Arizona.

Dr. Jaquay, a historical geographer, earned her Master’s from Arizona State University and her PhD from Texas A&M University. She recently published Where Have All the Sheep Gone?: Sheepherders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry and has also written on Cuba, Costa Rica, and Arizona’s Native Americans. She has researched Father Kino’s journeys in the Pimería Alta while visiting his missions in Arizona and Mexico, and she continues to study anthropology and land use in her travels to over fifty countries and across all seven continents.

The 2018 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, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on Facebook.


If you’re ever wondered about that old family heirloom, bring it to the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair! The Old Trails Museum will host the third annual fair on Saturday, July 14, 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 is bringing his expertise back to Winslow so that residents can have their historic items identified and appraised. He will offer verbal appraisals (not in writing) of objects including (but not limited to): fine art paintings, prints, and sculpture from the 17th century to the modern; porcelain, crystal, silver, and antique furniture; clocks, antique jewelry, art glass, and pottery; manuscripts and signatures; and Asian art and Native American arts and crafts. (No guns, coins, or stamps will be appraised.)

To schedule your one-on-one appointment with Morton, call the Old Trails Museum at 928-289-5861 by Thursday, July 12. Attendance is limited to forty people, and each person is limited to two items for appraisal. The charge for the first item is $15 and for the second item is $5 – an excellent value versus the cost of a private appraisal.

Morton was born in Phoenix and grew up around antiques. He formed Morton Appraisals in 1993 as a certified, licensed, and insured appraiser as well as a member of the Antique Appraisal Association of America. He provides advice and fair market insurance appraisals to individuals, estates, companies, and public institutions. Morton regularly appears on PBS’s Arizona Collectables, which airs on Channel 8 on Thursdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 11 am.

The Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair is presented as a service to the community; the event is not a fundraiser and the charge is only to cover our 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 offers its 2018 Spring History Highlight on Saturday, May 19, at 2 pm at La Posada Hotel, 303 East Second Street. Author Gregory McNamee will explore the tradition of movie-making in Arizona with the free presentation of Cowpokes, Crooks, and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies. 

In the spring of 1872, a 44-year-old immigrant from New Hampshire named Henry Hooker bought a herd of 10,000 longhorn cattle from Texas and moved them to a grassy valley in southeastern Arizona. He hired “cowboys” – the first Arizonans who would fit the description we think of when we use that word. With cowboys came outlaws, and with those outlaws, came the birth of the western novel – and with it the western film.

In this entertaining talk, you’ll learn about westerns made in Monument Valley, on the sand dunes of Yuma, in the grasslands on the Mexican border, and even in downtown Prescott, to say nothing of sound stages and movie lots in Scottsdale and Tucson. McNamee will discuss classic and contemporary examples such as Stagecoach (1939), The Outlaw (1943), Red River (1948), Junior Bonner (1972), Tombstone (1993), and Geronimo (1993).

After taking a quick-moving tour through westerns made in the Grand Canyon State, McNamee will also explore crime dramas, love stories, war movies, science-fiction classics, and creature features through films such as Sahara (1943), Lilies of the Field (1963), Raising Arizona (1987), Near Dark (1987), and Three Kings (1999). He’ll even tell us about a few films shot in and near our own city of Winslow, including Starman (1984) and Natural Born Killers (1994).

McNamee has written about films and film history for The Hollywood Reporter and Encyclopaedia Britannica. As a writer, journalist, and photographer, he has authored forty books and more than 5,000 periodical publications including articles, reviews, interviews, poems, and short stories. He is a contributing editor for Kirkus Reviews and Bloomsbury Review; publisher of Sonora Wordworks and Polytropos Press; and a research fellow at the Southwest Center and lecturer in the Eller School of Management, both at the University of Arizona. McNamee also gives courses and talks on writing, journalism, publishing, media and technology, and cultural and environmental issues.

The 2018 Spring 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, subscribe to our “News” feed or “like” the museum on Facebook.


The Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Winter History Highlight on Saturday, February 17, at 2 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. As part of a statewide tour funded by Arizona Humanities, author Alison Moore and musician Phil Lancaster will present the free program, Riders on the Orphan Train – Arizona’s Hidden History. This 1-1/2 hour, multi-media presentation informs and entertains audiences of all ages with this little-known chapter in American and Arizona history.

Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations in every state in the continental United States. This “placing out” system was originally organized by Methodist minister Charles Loring Brace and the Children’s Aid Society of New York. His mission was to rid the streets and overcrowded orphanages of homeless children and provide them with opportunities to find new homes. Many of the children were orphans, while many others were “surrendered” by parents too impoverished to keep them.

The trains stopped in pre-selected towns where people interested in taking a child would assemble. The children were lined up on the platform or a meeting hall stage; encouraged to perform as a way to endear them to prospective takers; and inspected in order to determine whether or not they would be good workers. Children not chosen were put back on the train, and many were shuttled from family to family and town to town. This nearly eighty-year experiment in child migration is filled with both tragic stories and happy endings.

The New York Foundling Hospital, a Catholic organization, also sent children to be placed in Catholic homes. In 1904, they sent twenty-one Irish Catholic children to Clifton, Arizona. The subsequent confrontation over their stewardship became a state and national controversy, and the related case went to the Arizona Supreme Court. This incident in racial and class conflict is a poignant illustration of the cultural disparities between the East Coast and the developing West at the turn of the last century.

Until PBS’s American Experience aired an episode on the migration in 1993, these children’s stories were largely untold. After seeing the documentary, Moore and Lancaster developed their Orphan Train presentation, which is now the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kansas. They combine live, original music; video featuring archival photographs and survivor interviews; and dramatic readings from Moore’s novel, Riders on the Orphan Train, to illustrate how this experiment in child relocation reveals a great deal about the successes and failures of the American Dream. The presentation concludes with an informal discussion on the historical and social significance of the Orphan Trains, and relatives and acquaintances of relocated orphans are invited to share their stories.

“We hope to help bring this subject to public awareness through the medium of artistic performance, to extend what has become a personal passion that will teach as well as touch people concerned not only with an experience that is uniquely American but ultimately, deeply human.” –Moore and Lancaster

“Everyone who attended was moved, educated and entertained…your program truly made an impact on our community.” – Cecilia Hurt Barham, Decatur (Texas) Public Library

Alison Moore, MFA, is currently a Humanities scholar in Austin, Texas. When she was a creative writing professor at the University of Arizona, she developed an outreach program for ArtsReach, a Native American literacy project in Southern Arizona. Moore’s Riders on the Orphan Train was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and her other titles have been recognized as an American Library Association Notable Book (1993) and with the Katherine Ann Porter Prize for Fiction (2004). Born in Arkansas, Phil Lancaster spent time in France studying and performing. After returning home, he received an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship and performed and recorded with the acoustic quartet, Still on the Hill. He resides in Austin but returns to France to tour with Trans-Atlantique.

The Old Trails Museum’s 2018 Winter History Highlight is funded in part by an Arizona Humanities grant for a six-stop tour of Riders on the Orphan Train – Moore and Lancaster will also present at libraries in Prescott, Wilcox, Douglas, Fountain Hills, and Prescott Valley prior to the Winslow stop. 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 2018 historical calendar, Getting Together: Recreation and Celebrations in Winslow, is on sale now! Still priced at $10, the calendar makes a great holiday gift, and it’s available at the museum, the Arizona 66 Trading Company, La Posada Hotel, On the Corner Gifts, the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, and Winslow Dental. Your OTM Store purchases are sales-tax-free, support the museum, and keep your shopping dollars local!

Recreation is defined as the “refreshment of strength and spirits after work,” and a celebration is to “observe a holiday or notable occasion with festivities; perform a religious ceremony; or take part in a festival.” Winslow residents have found time for each of these activities from the town’s founding through the present day. The 2018 edition illustrates Winslow’s history of sports and special events with a series of entertaining images that have not previously been published in an OTM calendar, exhibit, or Winslow, the museum’s Images of America title.

Museum Director Ann-Mary Lutzick developed the calendar from those sources as well as documents from the museum’s archival collections; Winslow Mail articles by Janice Henling and others; and Arizona Federation of Business and Professional Women: Women Who Made a Difference, 1921-1988, Volume 2. All images are from the Old Trails Museum Collection unless otherwise noted, and the museum thanks the individuals that loaned their wonderful photos, the descendants of George Sutherland for donating some of his extensive photographic collection, and Tom Alexander Photography of Flagstaff for making possible the use of several Sutherland images in this year’s edition.

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, DPR Realty, Harley Hendricks Realty, La Posada Hotel, the Leavitt Group, Mojo Coffee Company, Robert & Clint Cox Automotive Service, Snowdrift Art Space, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.

Image: In June 1939, Olive and Herman Chacon were married at St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Second Street and held their reception at La Posada Hotel. (Courtesy of Thomas R. Chacon, Sr)



In partnership with the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and the Just Cruis’n Car Club, the Old Trails Museum and Tess and Lawrence Kenna hosted a ribbon-cutting for the Journeys to Winslow exhibit’s permanent installation in the Skylark Courtyard, 116 East Second Street, at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 7, during the Car Club’s Annual Car Show. (Left: The Skylark Courtyard with the World’s Smallest Church on Route 66 in view.)

Tess and Lawrence Kenna commissioned Museum Director Ann-Mary Lutzick to revise the original Journeys to Winslow exhibit and to work with Northern Arizona Signs of Flagstaff to reprint the panels to withstand outdoor conditions. The exhibit has been condensed from ten to eight panels, and the text and images have been revised with tourists in mind.

The Skylark Courtyard will be a stop along the Journey Through Winslow Pathway, a trail for visitors and residents alike to explore Winslow’s history and current downtown revitalization. Developed by the Kennas, the path’s other stops include the World’s Smallest Church on Route 66 and historic facades and murals throughout the downtown historic district.

The Journeys to Winslow exhibit was originally developed by the Old Trails Museum as a companion to the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition, which explores migration, transportation, and travel in America. Winslow was the grand opening host community for Arizona Humanities’ statewide tour of Journey Stories, which OTM hosted at our partner venue, La Posada Hotel, in summer 2013.

This revised version of the Journeys to Winslow exhibit, and the Kenna’s generous sponsorship, make it possible for OTM to reach more people with Winslow’s fascinating history. 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 hosted the 2017 Winslow Historical Society Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street.

The free event began at 2 pm with refreshments and a concert by Navajo musician Khent Anantakai. Since 2009, Anantakai has entertained nightly at La Posada Hotel, where the building’s history and atmosphere have inspired his original compositions of “contemporary classical” guitar.

The WHS Annual Meeting began at 2:45 with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by twin sisters Bailey and Madison Hartman. The meeting included the election of new Board members and brief reports on museum activities over the past year.

While there, attendees joined or renewed their memberships for 2018; bought the Old Trail Museum’s 2018 historical calendar, Getting Together: Recreation and Celebrations in Winslow; and took tickets 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 extended 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 current volunteers bring their enthusiasm and professional skills to a variety of duties: hosting visitors, organizing collections and archives, and helping with public programs. So volunteers can 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 the world. They serve as our public face to these visitors, as our ambassadors from the museum, from Winslow, from Arizona, and from 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!