The Sedona Heritage Museum hosts many events for the community ranging from Christmas in the Park to the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair!

Red Rock Loop Tours @ Municipal Parking Lot
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

IMG_0438Paul Thompson guides us through the history of the Red Rock Loop Road area through the eyes of settlers, with stops at historic sites. $55 members, $65 non-members

Red Rock Loop Tours @ Municipal Parking Lot
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

IMG_0438Paul Thompson guides us through the history of the Red Rock Loop Road area through the eyes of settlers, with stops at historic sites. $55 members, $65 non-members

The Stopwatch Gang @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

pg 2 stopwatch gangHow did 3 affable Canadians, who robbed America’s banks & were considered to be the best in the business by the FBI, end up in Sedona?

The Stopwatch Gang made Sedona their home base to rob banks all over the US. In October of 1980, two members were arrested in Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona resident Jack Seeley became quite close with them while living here; he will chronicle their time in Sedona, how they got here, how they were caught, and their status today.

The Prehistoric Heritage of Modern Mata Ortiz Pottery @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Mata Ortiz4 Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico is the most important archaeological site in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.  Traders from this ancient city greatly influenced the Anasazi, Hohokam, and Mogollon cultures of the Southwest. Pottery from this site was the inspiration for modern Mata Ortiz ceramics.  John Bezy, who has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz for nearly 30 years, will discuss the archaeology of Paquime and the evolution of today’s world-class pottery.
Master artist Oralia Lopez will demonstrate how the pottery is painted, and a good selection of Mata Ortiz pottery will be available for purchase after the presentation. 
From 1:30-3:00 p.m., Bezy will sign copies of his new book “The Mogollon Rim, Arizona: Geology, Vegetation, Wildlife”; it is a comprehensive exploration of the natural history of the Mogollon Rim region—from Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon to Payson and Show Low. Technically sound, the book is written in a clear, easy to comprehend style for readers who may not have formal training in geology and ecology. It is lavishly illustrated with color photos, satellite images, and diagrams. The book focuses on geologic processes that have shaped the beautiful and varied landscape.
Talking Machine Cowboys and Indians @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Michael Amundson examines the history of popular recorded music about the American West from 1902-1918.  He will show how music of this era reflected the popularity of the West in the national imagination, the role of the frontier, and changing ideas about Native Americans. He will bring along one of his hand-cranked period talking machines and play original music.

Michael is a professor of history and Public History Director at NAU in Flagstaff.  He has published six books, including most recently Talking Machine West:  A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley’s Western Recordings 1902-1918, which is the basis of this talk and will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Wildlife Photos @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


“Wildlife Photos” by Ted Grussing. Ted has been a life-long lover of the art form of photography. Now living in Sedona, he will share some of his images of our non-human friends and neighbors with whom we share this wonderful place.

“Talk Down”: Living History Series @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

On a Sunday in November of 1983, four people flying from Glendale airport to Sedona for breakfast at the airport restaurant ran into trouble when the pilot fell unconscious.  Local pilot Jack Seeley had just landed from his first round trip to Phoenix of the day. The radio operator at Sedona informed him that there was an aircraft over Camp Verde with an unconscious pilot. There were no other pilots on board.  A 78 year old woman non pilot successfully landed the plane at an Air Force Base. Please join us for the rest of the story.

The Prehistoric Heritage of Modern Mata Ortiz Pottery @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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John Bezy, geologist and co-author of “The  Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz,” has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz for 30 years. He will offer a presentation on the inspiration, history, and appreciation of this unique regional art form at the Museum on Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m.

Artist Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs and will be bringing some of her pottery for sale at prices similar to direct prices in her village.

Join the Museum for this popular program and pottery sale. This is a free event open to the public.


History of Cement & the Clarkdale Cement Plant @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Don and Chris Godard tell stories about the history of cement and the Clarkdale Cement Plant.

When announced in the mid-1950s, the Clarkdale Cement Plant was to supply materials for the development of Glen Canyon Dam, and close at completion of the dam. The Arizona building boom has kept it open ever since. Originally, the builders envisioned it as the first of several materials processing endeavors in the Verde Valley, including potential wallboard fabrication, rock wool manufacturing and perhaps even pulp or steel plants. Opened in 1959, acquired by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 1987, and modernized in 2002, the plant is a major employer in the area and produces upwards of 35 percent of all the cement manufactured in Arizona. This presentation will include how Clarkdale’s railroad presence and limestone deposits led to the plant’s location, and how over time, the plant’s existence and need for fly ash and other resources has led to expanding its reach in northern Arizona with complementary businesses.

Don Godard is a life-long Verde Valley resident, and he worked at the Clarkdale Cement Plant. Don’s background led Chris to study the fascinating and ancient history of cement and concrete and its historical significance world-wide.

This is a free event and open to the public.



An Arizona Auto Adventure @ Sedona Heritage Museum
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Nancy Burgess will present An Arizona Auto Adventure: Clarence Boynton’s 1913 travelogue.

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