Jan 282015
The Arizona Historical Society’s current logo celebrates its 150-year history

The Arizona Historical Society’s current logo celebrates its 150-year history.

The Old Trails Museum continues its History Highlight series when Dr. Bill Peterson presents From Territory to Today: Northern Arizona’s History Through Its Objects. This free visual presentation will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at La Posada Hotel, 303 E. Second St. in downtown Winslow. To celebrate its 150th birthday, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) has created an exhibit and edition of The Journal of Arizona History exploring the state’s history using 150 of the most interesting artifacts and documents from its vast statewide collections. As director of AHS’s Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff, Peterson will highlight some of Northern Arizona’s exceptional objects, many of which are on display at the Pioneer Museum. The special edition of The Journal of Arizona History will also be available for purchase. Members of the First Territorial Legislature realized the importance of chronicling the Arizona Territory’s progress, and planned to use this information in an eventual bid for statehood. They established the Arizona Historical Society in 1864 to collect and preserve “all facts relating to the history of this Territory.” Today, the AHS collections illustrate Arizona’s defining events, and connect us with the diverse individuals who shaped the state and region. Peterson is director of the Arizona Historical Society’s Northern Division, located at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff. He holds an M.A. in Museum Studies and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies, and has worked in the museum profession since 1991. He relocated to Arizona from South Dakota, where he was instrumental in creating Deadwood History Inc. Prior to that he worked in Montana on the Montana Heritage Commission and as president of the Museums Association of Montana, among other accomplishments. The 2015 Winter History Highlight, a partnership program between the Old Trails Museum and the Winslow Arts Trust, was made possible in part by the Arizona Historical Society, Northern Division. For information on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, go online to www.oldtrailsmuseum.org or “like” the museum on Facebook.