20 Apr
2:00 PM
3:30 PM

Lecture Series – April

You'll love this entertaining look at a trio of great actresses who WOW'd audiences in frontier towns of the Arizona Territory.  Starved for dramatic entertainment, pioneers flocked to performance theaters and were spellbound... thoroughly engaged... Learn More
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Willard J. Page Exhibit

He implemented a new marketing approach for selling his artwork.  Early 1900s artist Willard J. Page traveled the Southwest setting up his easels on the railroad platform.  In assembly-line mode, he would paint his vision of the Southwest, and sell his "baggage-sized" original oils to train travelers eager to grab a memento of their excursion to the Territories. With his wife Ethel and in the custom-built 'motorized coach,' they traveled from the Tetons to Tucson, the Rockies to the Grand Canyon and all points in between.  They made a life... Read More

An Arizona History Adventure

As both an historic site and a heritage campus, Sharlot Hall Museum is the “Crown Jewel” of Northern Arizona with its 11 exhibit buildings (six of which are historic), more than 40,000 artifacts, and thousands of documents, photos, images and maps in its archives. Enjoy an “Arizona History Adventure” at this research center, educational facility, and park-like cultural center resplendent with frontier heritage that portrays the Territorial times in the small-town, high-country environs of Prescott.


Sharlot Hall Museum is an educational and cultural center, which fosters public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social, and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands, and which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections, conservation, exhibits, and related programs.


Plan to Visit Fort Whipple Museum

Nearby Fort Whipple Museum offers a distinct view of both Territorial Arizona's military history, plus its passage to becoming a leading medical center for our veterans. Housed along Officers' Row on the Bob Stump-NoAZ Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Prescott, the 1908-vintage exhibit building is a joint operation with VA facility and Sharlot Hall Musuem, and is located near AZ-89 and AZ-69. Hours for visitation are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. Fort Whipple Museum


How Arizona Got on the Map – Part 26: Arizona Becomes a United States Territory - Part 2

Publish Date: 2019-04-20

By Al Bates

First published March 2, 2013
Re-edited April 2, 2019

In the last article we traced Arizona’s early days as a neglected part of New Mexico Territory and how the Gadsden Purchase started the concept of a political subdivision by that name.  Today we look at the shaping of Arizona (literally) by the United States Congress and how its first government was formed.

The debate over splitting Arizona from New Mexico Territory included 18 Congressional bills that produced a variety of proposed shapes.  Some proposals split Arizona from New Mexico Territory along a horizontal line while others called for a vertical split.  It was not until February 20, 1863, that the Senate finally agreed to a bill that had passed in the House over nine months earlier.  President Lincoln signed the statute four days later.  The next step was to appoint officers for the new territory, which is where Charles Debrile Poston, the self-designated “Father of Arizona,” comes in.

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Sharlot Hall Museum, a ‘Must See’

Short, three-minute overview of campus presented by Fred Veil, executive director, as shown on Cox Cable channels, Fall 2018.

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