Our Mission: Founded in 1997, the Winslow Historical Society receives, preserves, and interprets information and artifacts representing the history and cultures of the Winslow area, in order to engage and enlighten all visitors to the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs. (Above: Sunset Crossing East of Winslow by Joe Rodriquez)
A Brief History of the Winslow Historical Society & Old Trails Museum: Owned and operated by the Winslow Historical Society, the Old Trails Museum originally operated as the Winslow branch of the Navajo County Historical Society (NCHS), which incorporated in 1969.
Western Savings and Loan donated the 1921 First National Bank building to NCHS in 1985. After four years of building improvements and donations from current and former residents, OTM held its grand opening on July 8, 1989.
To better focus on their town’s history, the Board of NCHS’s Winslow branch decided to form their own entity. They incorporated as the Winslow Historical Society (WHS) in 1997.
A dedicated group of museum directors, board members, and volunteers has continued to improve the historic building that houses the museum, as well as to develop a series of permanent and temporary exhibits that interpret Winslow’s diverse history.
In 2009, the WHS Board opened the OTM Museum Store, which specializes in regional Navajo and Hopi arts and crafts, books on local and regional history, and OTM’s annual historical calendar featuring images of Winslow’s history.