Celebrate Arizona's Centennial Tuesday at birthday bash at Winslow Visitors Center

Historical Society and Winslow Centennial Committee organized local celebration

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A view of Front (now First) Street in 1912, which was the heart of Winslow at the time Arizona statehood was granted.

Submitted photo<br> A view of Front (now First) Street in 1912, which was the heart of Winslow at the time Arizona statehood was granted.

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Historical Society and Winslow Centennial Committee are hosting a Centennial Birthday Bash for Arizona. Join the groups for this free event 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Winslow Visitors Center in the former Hubbell Trading Post, 523 W. Second St.

Festivities will include an Arizona Trivia Contest developed by the Winslow Public Library, door prizes including official Arizona Centennial souvenirs and historical calendars from the Old Trails Museum, and, of course, the "Happy Birthday" song and plenty of birthday cake.

The program will begin with a local Boy Scout troop leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Winslow High School students Emmett Foster and Josh Cirre performing an a cappella duet of The Star Spangled Banner. Then members of Winslow High School's speech and debate team will perform an original readers' theater production based on the events of Arizona's Statehood Day.

On Feb. 14, 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Arizona Statehood Act. The news was telegraphed to Phoenix, where George W. P. Hunt was immediately inaugurated as the new governor and called the new Arizona State Legislature to its first session. The readers' theater will be a mock KINO radio news broadcast, and will include President Taft's statehood proclamation, excerpts from Gov. Hunt's inaugural address, and local Winslow news items from that time.

This presentation is part of Second Saturdays in Winslow, a year-long series of programs that explore Winslow's diverse history in celebration of the Arizona State Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012. Find the group on Facebook or go to www.OldTrailsMuseum.org for the latest exhibit and program information.

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