Spring 2024

Welcome to the Old Trails Museum's 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

2024 History Highlight

OTM hosted its free 2024 History Highlight at La Posada Hotel on April 20, when retired archaeologist Neil Weintraub presented Footsteps from the Past: Retracing the Epic 1928 Route 66, 3,400-Mile Bunion Derby Footrace Across Northern Arizona, followed by questions-and-answers with the 22 attendees. On March 4, 1928, 199 of the world’s greatest long-distance runners from 24 countries embarked on an 84-day foot race across the United States. Weintraub focused on their route through northern Arizona, which the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association retraced in part earlier that day with a six-mile run on the Historic Route 66 Mountain Bike Tour-Ash Fork Hill west of Williams. NATRA members who then made the trip to Winslow for the talk included (left to right) Bill and Irma Sandercock, Weintraub, Bruce Higgins, and Mark James, with OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick. Read More

OTM Exhibits & Publications

Women's History Month

This past March, OTM joined in the celebration of Women's History Month—designated in 1987 to honor the contributions women have made to the United States—by inviting our Facebook followers to explore the Women of Winslow exhibit on OTM's Exhibits webpage. One panel tells the story of Suey (Susie) Ping Woo (1911-2010), seen here in the early days of the W. Bow Meat Market on Kinsley Avenue, which she and husband Shue Bow Woo operated from 1933 to 1976. Please contact the museum at 928-289-5861 if you would like to contribute a member of your family's story and photos to an exhibit panel.

2024 Historical Calendar

Now priced at $6, This Month in Winslow is still 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. The 2024 edition presents photos of events from throughout Winslow’s history that occurred in the corresponding months. The "April" photo above is of Ruby McHood (center), joined by city and county officials on April 18, 1981, to officially open the new facilities at McHood Park, named in honor of husband and Navajo County supervisor Hubert R. “Mac” McHood. Residents and visitors continue to enjoy all types of fresh-water recreation at the park, which is gearing up for a busy summer. Read More

OTM Collections

OTM Awarded CSA Grant

OTM is the 2024 recipient of the Costume Society of America’s Small Museum Collection Care Grant! Since 2003, CSA has awarded a single, $1,500 grant nationally to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum that has a very limited budget and staff. OTM will be using the grant to purchase archival materials so that OTM Volunteers/WHS Board Members Toya Rubi and RaeNell Holmes (above, with the partial order) can continue to house and catalog more of OTM's extensive textile collections.

CSA funds are helping the museum carry out a fundamental part of its mission, caring for textiles donated by current or former residents that are historically significant to Winslow. In 2021, OTM developed History Minutes with the Old Trails Museum, short videos available on OTM's Videos webpage and the OTM YouTube Channel that highlight artifacts from the museum floor. Textile highlights include Colonel Vargas’ Medal of Honor, a La Posada Harvey Girl Apron, Mabel Nagel’s Dress, a Santa Fe Indian Band Shirt, and Verla Oare’s Gown. Read More

Supporter Spotlight

Honoring Roberta Gilman

The WHS Board and OTM staff extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Roberta Gilman, who passed away on March 14 at the age of 81. Along with her husband Robert Wilson (above, at the 2016 WHS Annual Meeting with Allan Affeldt in center), Roberta was a Lifetime Member of the Winslow Historical Society. She was also a student of the city itself, writing her 2013 doctoral dissertation from the University of California-Santa Barbara on the saving of La Posada Hotel. In her honor, Robert is donating the Roberta Gilman Collection to OTM, including primary and secondary research material from her dissertation, Re-Visioning Winslow, Arizona: Experiments in the Historical Study of Place Employing a Variety of Personal and Modal Perspectives.


Roberta wrote of the project in her acknowledgements, “It started with the place, Winslow, Arizona, the citizens of which welcomed me with either their own sense of wonder at what I was up to, or a healthy indifference to my mischief. Those attitudes allowed me to continue my work with no sense of intrusion or guilt. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to each and every person cited in this manuscript, especially the citizens of Winslow who provided insight into this story by granting interviews, exchanging written communication, and conversing with me on my visits to town and by phone.” There will be a memorial for Roberta at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley in Los Olivos, California, on June 9, 2024.

From the Museum Floor

OTM Presents on the Santa Fe Railway

On May 11, OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick--above, with Eric Hiser of the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society--gave a talk to 20 of their members at their annual mini-meet at La Posada Hotel. The presentation of The Santa Fe Railway in Winslow included images and information on Santa Fe structures, trains, employees, and related industries. The SFRHMS was the ideal group to hear the newly-developed talk, as members offered suggestions based on their deep knowledge and ongoing research of Santa Fe Railroad history. OTM thanks them for the opportunity!

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