Fall 2023

Welcome to the Old Trails Museum's new e-newsletter! No longer just for members, anyone can sign up here for these quarterly updates, plus occasional emails about upcoming programs. We look forward to staying in touch!

OTM Programs

WHS Annual Meeting

The Winslow Historical Society will host its 2023 Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 12, from 2 to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center. The free event will begin at 2 pm with a Mexican buffet and dance performance by Aguilas de Oro Folklorico (their photo). Attendees can buy the 2024 calendar (see below) and win prizes donated by La Posada Hotel, Motor Palace Mercantile, and more. The meeting will include the election of new Board members and reports on museum activities. We hope to see you there! Read More

OTM Program Roundup

OTM hosted its free Spring History Highlight on April 29 in the La Posada Hotel Ballroom. Ken Zoll, Executive Director Emeritus of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, presented to fourteen people on his new book, H. H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites, now available in the OTM Store. Zoll (right) visited with Winslow resident Dan Walters, who met Nininger in his youth. Read More

OTM hosted the 2023 Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair on July 8 at the Winslow Visitors Center. Sean Morton (left) of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale offered verbal appraisals to twenty-six attendees, who brought in fifty-five fascinating and varied items. Also pictured are Winslow Chamber Director Bob Hall and, left to right, Sara Friesen, Marcia Myers, and OTM Volunteers ReaNell Holmes and Toya Rubi. Read More

OTM Exhibits & Publications

OTM's 2024 Historical Calendar

The 2024 edition presents photos of events from throughout Winslow’s history that occurred in the corresponding months. When an event has been featured in a prior calendar, this calendar presents updated information as well as a photo from a different perspective. Priced at $12, the calendar is available at the museum, Arizona 66 Trading Company, La Posada Hotel, On the Corner Gifts, and the Winslow Visitors Center. You can also order through the OTM Online Store, with $2 added for shipping. Read More

Historic Winslow Walking Tour

The Old Trails Museum is featured on Historic Winslow, a partnership between the Winslow Historic Preservation Commission and Winslow Public Library. Downtown visitors can reach the Old Trails Museum page by scanning the QR code in the museum's front window. OTM also provided text and images for 108 East Second Street, 120 West Second Street, and the Gazebo and Train Cars along the First Street Pathway Park.

OTM Collections

OTM Oral History Internship

OTM is grateful to Cottey College student Trinity Knox (right, with mom and WHS Board President Christa Knox), who spent her summer internship with the museum and wrote about her experience:

"During my internship with the Old Trails Museum, I worked on indexing oral history interviews. I got to listen to interviews of Winslow residents both former and current as they tell their life stories. Along with finding quotes to include in the index, I created segment synopses and organized the index based on keywords from the interview.

Through this internship, I gained a greater appreciation for Winslow and its rich history that I had previously known little about. Although, my favorite part had been learning about the residents of Winslow. It is a unique experience to hear someone share their story and to know so much about a person, and yet have never met them."

One of Knox's indexes was for the 2019 interview with longtime museum supporter Patricia Crantford Raygor (1930-2020), seen here during her military service in 1950 (her photo).

Arizona Archives Month

The museum successfully submitted a photo from the OTM Collections for the Arizona State Library’s 2023 Arizona Archives Month poster. The photo -- a good fit for this year's theme of "Arizona’s Roadsides Speak" -- shows the Santa Fe Indian Band marching past Wayne L. Troutner's Store for Men on US Route 66 through downtown Winslow during the 1959 Winslow Jaycees Rodeo Parade.

Supporter Spotlight

OTM Volunteers Celebrated

Volunteers are a critical element of the museum’s success, and the WHS Board showed their appreciation when they hosted the annual OTM Volunteer Thank-You Party on June 11. Eleven hard-working museum and collections volunteers enjoyed brunch in La Posada Hotel’s Turquoise Room, when they received handmade soap and Harvey Girls DVDs dressed up as gifts by Board Member Lori Bentley Law (right, with fellow member Jim Buckley). OTM Volunteers learn about Winslow’s history while hosting visitors from all over the country and world. Please consider volunteering and joining the fun!

Remembering Donna Guiher

The WHS Board and OTM staff extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Donna Guiher, who passed away on September 21. Donna taught at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School for twenty-one years, retiring in 1998. She served as both a board member and longtime museum volunteer, the latter alongside husband John Orstedt. She was an active member of the Material Girls Quilt Guild, and her love of sewing inspired her to help organize OTM’s extensive textile collection, which included this vintage quilt she donated to the museum. Donna also volunteered at the Winslow Senior Center, Friends of the Library, and Arizona Archaeology Society-Homolovi Chapter, among many other endeavors. She will be greatly missed. 

From the Museum Floor

New Books in OTM Store

The OTM Store has three new titles available for sale: H.H. Nininger: Master of Meteorites (2023) by Kenneth J. Zoll for $30; High Country Canvas (1972) by Vada F. Carlson, fifty poems with illustrations by Joe Rodriguez, for $10; and Kaibeto Memories: A trader's daughter remembers growing up on the Navajo Reservation at Kaibeto Trading Post in remote northern Arizona 1936-1960 (2023) by Elizabeth Anne Jones Dewveall for $15. All publications are also available from the OTM Online Store, plus shipping costs.

Funds for Historic Fire Truck

Now on sale in the onsite OTM Store are three different Texaco Vehicle Collectibles for $20 each: a 1910 Mack Tanker, 1917 Maxwell Touring Car, and 1939 Dodge Airflow. They were donated by former Winslow resident Joel McHood so that the proceeds can help maintain the largest object in the museum’s collections: the 1940 Ford Seagrave Fire Truck. The truck is maintained by museum supporter Kenn Evans, who shares it with the public at various community events. The 1940s photo shows the truck on the far right in front of the Winslow Fire Department's original station at 212 East Second Street, which also served as the city offices, council chambers, and jail.

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