WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Historical Society and Winslow Centennial Committee continue their year-long series of programs celebrating the city's history with Arbuckle Coffee, Bluebird Flour, and Pawn: A Trading Post History of the Region. Everyone is encouraged to attend this fascinating presentation 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Winslow Visitors Center in the former Hubbell Trading Post, 523 W. Second St., Winslow.
The Winslow area has a rich trading post history. Many Winslow residents are members of the area's dozen or more trader families, and some of them actually worked at the posts alongside their parents and grandparents. Their holdings included nearly 30outlets, both in town and at isolated locations on Hopi and Navajo tribal lands. Don Baker will begin with a general history, including a discussion of early trading with Mexicans and mountain men; changes precipitated by settlers, ranchers, and the railroad; and the decline of trading posts and trader culture.
Chamber Director Bob Hall will discuss Winslow's Hubbell Trading Post, which now houses the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. A group of Winslow residents will then share their family histories at various trading posts, including Marjorie Herron on the Stiles family posts, Dona Harris on the Buchman family stores, and Ellen McGee on their time at Leupp. Don Baker will conclude with a discussion of the Baker and Rinker families. There will also be time for a questions and answers, as well as trading post images and artifacts on display.
This presentation is part of Second Saturdays in Winslow, the Winslow Historical Society/Old Trails Museum's year-long series of programs that explore Winslow's diverse history, in celebration of the Arizona State Centennial on Feb. 14. Follow the group on Facebook or go to www.OldTrailsMuseum.org for the latest exhibit and program information.
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