Grand opening of Journey Stories exhibition Saturday in Winslow

Graceland Portable Buildings’ Mark and Kathy Strango (center) celebrate their grand opening at 700A Mikes Pike, Winslow. Photo/Todd Roth

Graceland Portable Buildings’ Mark and Kathy Strango (center) celebrate their grand opening at 700A Mikes Pike, Winslow. Photo/Todd Roth

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The grand opening of the Smithsonian's Journey Stories exhibition will take place Saturday in Winslow with a ribbon cutting and dancing, artwork and the opportunity to explore images from Hubbell Trading Post. There will also be guided walking tours.

Journey Stories explores the roles that migration, travel, and modes of transportation have played in American society. Journey Stories is part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's (SITES) Museum on Main Street program, developed in partnerships with state humanities councils.

The Winslow Harvey Girls will be on hand as greeters. A performance by the Northland Pioneer College Folklore Dancers will take place after a ribbon cutting for Journey Stories and Journey to Winslow.

The grand opening will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at La Posada.

Journey Stories volunteer hosts will be available to guide visitors through the two exhibits on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Old Trails Museum will also play host to a guest speaker series at La Posada's ballroom during the exhibition.

Many community organizations will also play host to programs for Winslow's tour stop. The Winslow Chamber of Commerce and Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado developed a Southwest Native American Journeys exhibit that makes its debut Saturday as well. The exhibit features images and text exploring the Navajo's "Long Walk," Native American relationships with trading posts and Arizona's most famous trader, Juan Lorenzo Hubbell, among other topics. Along with the exhibit, vintage and modern Native American artwork will be on display Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winslow Visitors Center through August 10.

Also beginning June 22 are two programs that run for the duration of the Journey Stories tour stop. Brigham City Restoration's Guided Walking Tours of the partially restored fort will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, and Homolovi State Park's Guided Walking Tours of Homolovi II are available at 1:15 p.m. every Saturday for $3. Visitors can drive directly to Homolovi or take a 1 p.m. shuttle from the Winslow Visitors Center. The Winslow Public Library will also show Journey to the Center of the Earth at 8 p.m. on Saturday as part of its ongoing outdoor family film series.

More information about additional Journeys to Winslow events 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 Ave., 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.

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