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The Old Trails Museum, based in Winslow, Arizona, was established in 1887 by the Winslow Historical Society. The museum?s aim is to protect the history and culture of this desert community and its nearby area. It keeps several exhibits, artifacts, and collections that depict the earlier lifestyle of the Winslow community.

The museum had its humble beginnings when it was operated by the Navajo County Historical Society in 1969 until it was later transferred to the Winslow Historical Society, which is now presently managing the museum. The building of the museum was donated in 1985 by the Western Savings and Loan. After years of improvements and changes, the current museum had its opening in July 8, 1989. To help preserve the museum, a group of museum directors, board members and volunteers devoted their time to improve the historic building and protect the displays that showcases Winslow?s past history.

What attract visitors to the Old Trails Museum are their exhibits and collections. The most notable displays include the Route 66 and other historic trails, the Winslow-Lindbergh Reginal Airport, the Ancient Native American life and pottery, Ice Age fossils like the Columbian Mammoth remains, the Santa Fe Railroad and Topeka Railroad, and Meteor Crater remains. It also houses a few collections taken from the Arizona Memory Project, the State Library?s online repository where researchers and the general public are given free access.

The Old Trails Museum was also responsible for displaying past exhibits with local artists. It recently partnered with Daniel Lutzick, a local artist, and showcased some of Lutzick?s works within the museum. Aside from these exhibits, the museum also held Saturday programs to showcase the talents of local artists and performers.

To continue the efforts of preserving the history and culture of Winslow, the Old Trails Museum welcomes monetary and manpower support from its members, volunteers, and to the community.
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