History Highlights: OTM’s Seasonal Program Series
The Old Trails Museum offers a quarterly program series entitled History Highlights. Please join us for upcoming programs featuring Northern Arizona historical topics. Visit our History Highlights page for details and images of all the speakers, exhibits, and programs OTM has presented so far. (Above: US Route 66/Second Street looking east in the 1940s)
High Desert Fly-In of Winslow, Arizona
OTM partners on the High Desert Fly-In, a free annual event when residents, tourists, and pilots from around the country are invited to Winslow’s historic airport to enjoy airplanes, history, food, and more. For information about the 2016 High Desert Fly-In, go to the event website and Facebook and Twitter pages. OTM debuted an exhibit at the 2014 event, Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, which tells the airport’s story from its celebrated beginnings through the present day.
- 2013 High Desert Fly-In: Held on July 27, 2013, as part of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories in Winslow
The Smithsonian’s Journey Stories in Winslow
Winslow was the grand opening host community for Arizona Humanities’ statewide tour of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition, which explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society. OTM hosted Journey Stories at our partner venue, La Posada Hotel, from June 22 through August 4, 2013. OTM also developed a companion exhibit, Journeys to Winslow, as well as Grand Opening and Closing Day events and a speaker series. Additional exhibits, programs, and events were hosted by community partners including Brigham City Restoration, the City of Winslow, Homolovi State Park, the Just Cruis’n Car Club, the Winslow Arts Council, the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, the Winslow Public Library/Friends of the Library, the Winslow Rotary Club, and Wiseman Aviation. Visit our Journey Stories Page for details and images of all the exhibits, programs, and events that took place during Winslow’s tour stop.
Winslow Celebrates Arizona’s Centennial
To celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood on February 14, 2012, local volunteers formed the Winslow Centennial Committee. They created a logo and slogan (left), hosted a birthday bash for Arizona, and developed Second Saturdays in Winslow (events albums here), monthly programs that explored Winslow’s diverse history. To kick things off in summer 2011, OTM co-hosted the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail traveling exhibit, How Splendid is our Past, at La Posada Hotel, and created a companion exhibit entitled Women of Winslow. OTM also explored Winslow’s pre-statehood history in its 2012 historical calendar, Territorial Town: Winslow, Arizona, from 1880 to Statehood, and in a photography exhibit of the same name at La Posada.
The Smithsonian’s Between Fences in Winslow
In 2008, Winslow was one of six rural host communities for Arizona Humanities’s statewide tour of the Smithsonian’s Between Fences exhibition. OTM partnered with local artist Daniel Lutzick to house Between Fences and the museum’s companion exhibit, Lines in the Sand: Fences, Trails, Rails and Boundaries, in his main gallery at Snowdrift Art Space. OTM also presented a series of complementary Saturday programs featuring local artists and performers, and over 1,200 people attended the exhibits and public programs. OTM’s former Director, Lila Atkins, presented on Winslow’s Between Fences tour stop with Making Community Connections with Museum on Main Street at the Museum Association of Arizona’s 2009 annual conference in Bisbee.