Old Trails Museum features the Smithsonian's Journey Stories
Winslow is the grand opening host community for the Arizona Humanities Council's statewide tour of the Smithsonian exhibition, Journey Stories. The Old Trails Museum will play host to Journey Stories at the museum's partner venue, La Posada Hotel, from June 22 through Aug. 4.
Journey Stories explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society. The Old Trails Museum's local programs and Journeys to Winslow exhibit will explore topics including the Santa Fe Railroad, Harvey Girls, U.S. Route 66 and Winslow's Charles Lindbergh-designed airport.
The Arizona Humanities Council is creating a postcard book that will be free to exhibition visitors. The book will contain three images from each of the six Journey Stories host communities in Arizona. The Old Trails Museum has selected one historic and one contemporary image for the Winslow postcards, but needs the Winslow community's help in choosing the third and final image.
The final image will be one of three images showing Harvey Girls who worked at Winslow's second Harvey House. Entrepreneur Fred Harvey opened a series of eating houses along the Santa Fe Railroad that evolved into America's first restaurant chain. Harvey established Winslow's first Harvey House in 1887. The first Harvey Girls arrived from the East and Midwest that same year. Like Harvey Girls all over the West, Winslow's Harvey Girls often married local working men and settled down. Many of their descendants still reside in town.
Community members can vote for their favorite image before Feb. 28, by calling the museum at (928) 289-5861, sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or voting on the museum's website or Facebook page. Ongoing program information about the project project is available at www.OldTrailsMuseum.org.
The Winslow Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, owns and operates the Old Trails Museum. The museum receives, preserves and interprets information and artifacts representing the history and cultures of the Winslow area in order to engage and enlighten all visitors to the museum's exhibits and programs.
Located at 212 Kinsley Avenue, in the heart of Winslow's historic business district and across from the Standin' on the Corner Park, the Old Trails Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April through November, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from December through March. 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.