View a photographic history of Arizona Saturday

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Old Trails Museum, in partnership with the Winslow Arts Trust, is bringing a free historical presentation to Winslow. Historian Jim Turner will present "A Photographic History of Arizona from Prehistory to the Present" 2-3 p.m. Saturday at La Posada Hotel, 303 E. Second St.

During this whirlwind pictorial history tour, Turner will discuss the full range of Arizona history using beautiful landscape photography as well as historic site images. Topics will include the geological wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest; railroads and copper mines; cultural conflicts and legends of the "Wild West;" the fight for Statehood; the boom, bust, and wars years; and the postwar business and population booms. This engaging program will also address Arizona's water use history and cultural diversity, as well as the Native American art galleries and cutting-edge biotech industries of modern-day Arizona.

Turner moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a masters degree in U.S. History from the University of Arizona, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 35 years. Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society in their outreach position, Turner worked with museums in every corner of the state, including the Old Trails Museum. He co-authored the fourth-grade textbook, The Arizona Story, and his new pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, contains more than 500 images of historic sites and natural wonders.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. The Old Trails Museum and Winslow Arts Trust present this program as part of the ongoing celebration of the Arizona State Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012. Find OTM on Facebook or go to www.OldTrailsMuseum.org for the latest exhibit and program information.

Located in the heart of Winslow's historic business district and across from the Standin' on the Corner Park, the Old Trails Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and photography, group tours, and research opportunities are available. There is free parking downtown, and the museum's exhibits are wheelchair accessible.

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