History Highlights: OTM’s Seasonal Program Series
2013 Fall History Highlight: In partnership with Assertion Films and the Winslow Theater, OTM presented the Winslow premier of The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, on October 13 at the Winslow Theater. The Winslow Harvey Girls displayed their popular Trunk Show before the screening, which was followed by a panel discussion with director/producer Katrina Parks, producer Thaddeus Homan, narrator Lori Hérbert, Appetite for America author Stephen Fried, former Seligman Harvey Girl Luz Delgadillo Moore (at left, on left), and Winslow Harvey Girl Marie LaMar. Opportunity Bound explores the experiences and contributions of the Harvey Girls, over 100,000 servers who worked for the Fred Harvey restaurant empire along the Santa Fe Railway from the 1880s through the 1960s and opened the doors of both the West and the workplace to women. In addition to the presenting partners, support was provided by La Posada Hotel and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.
The Smithsonian’s Journey Stories in Winslow
Winslow was the grand opening host community for the statewide tour of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories. The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Arizona Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution, with support provided by the United States Congress. OTM hosted Journey Stories, which explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society, 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, all hosted at La Posada with the Winslow Harvey Girls as greeters. A total of 5,800 visitors explored both exhibits, and many attended related programs hosted by local community organizations. Thanks to all our community partners for their participation: Brigham City Restoration, City of Winslow Airport Commission, Homolovi State Park, Just Cruis’n Car Club, Winslow Arts Council, Winslow Chamber of Commerce, Winslow Public Library/Friends of the Library, Winslow Rotary Club, and Wiseman Aviation.
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
Winslow’s Celebration of Arizona’s Centennial
To celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood on February 14, 2012, volunteers formed the Winslow Centennial Committee and created a logo and slogan (left), hosted a birthday bash for Arizona, and developed Second Saturdays in Winslow, monthly programs that explored Winslow’s history. Members of the Winslow Historical Society and the wider community presented on diverse topics and donated their research to the 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 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.
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.