The Smithsonian’s Journey Stories in Winslow
Winslow was the grand opening host community for the Arizona Humanities Council’s statewide tour of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition. Journey Stories explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society. The Old Trails Museum hosted Journey Stories at our partner venue, La Posada Hotel, from June 22 through August 4, 2013.
The Old Trails Museum also developed a local companion exhibit, Journeys to Winslow, as well as Grand Opening and Closing Day events and a Thursday evening speaker series, which all took place at La Posada with the Winslow Harvey Girls as greeters. A total of 5,800 visitors explored both exhibits, and many local community organizations also hosted programs for Winslow’s tour stop:
June 29: Just Cruis’n Car Club’s Show-and-Shine & Talent Show ● 200 at the Standin’ on the Corner Park/Route 66 Plaza
Ongoing Exhibits & Programs
June 8, June 22, July 6: Outdoor Family Film Series ● 168 at Winslow Public Library
Old Trails Museum’s Journeys to Winslow Speaker Series ● La Posada Hotel
- June 27: 45 at “Along Old Route 66” by John Craft
- July 11: 100 at “The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868” by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
- July 18: 80 at “The Harvey Girls of the Southwest” by Ann-Mary Lutzick; Winslow Harvey Girls Trunk Show
- July 25: 60 at “Winslow and America’s First Transcontinental Airline Service” by Erik Berg
- August 1: 80 at “Japanese American Internment in Arizona” by Karen Leong
The Old Trails Museum would like to thank our community partners for their participation and support: Brigham City Restoration, the City of Winslow Airport Commission, 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. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Arizona Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, with support provided by the United States Congress.
Winslow’s Celebration of Arizona’s Centennial
To celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood on February 14, 2012, a group of volunteers formed the Winslow Centennial Committee and created a logo and slogan (below), hosted a birthday bash for Arizona, and developed Second Saturdays in Winslow, a series of monthly programs that explored Winslow’s history. Members of the Winslow Historical Society and the community at large presented on diverse topics and donated their research to the Old Trails Museum.
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 concurrent exhibit highlighting notable local women 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.
In 2008, Winslow was one of six rural host communities for the Arizona Humanities Council’s tour of the Smithsonian’s Between Fences traveling exhibition. As the host organization, OTM partnered with local artist Daniel Lutzick to house the exhibition and the museum’s companion exhibit, Lines in the Sand: Fences, Trails, Rails and Boundaries, in his 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 OTM’s 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.