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.