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

Sedona Architecture @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Where is Sedona going architecturally?

Local architect Don Woods has been involved in Sedona architecture for 50 years.  He will be talking briefly about his career, Sedona architecture in general, and where he thinks it is headed.  He has designed close to 200 homes in Sedona.  His commercial work includes the development on the creek side of Main Street, the Cottages at Coffee Pot, Junipine Resort, Heartline Café and Park Place.

The Beauty of Sedona & Northern Arizona From the Air @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ted Grussing will share aerial photos of Sedona and Northern Arizona.

Archival Holdings at NAU’s Cline Library @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Wednesday February 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum when Jonathan Pringle will speak about archival holdings related to Sedona and the Verde Valley found at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives.

Pringle will share some of the treasures housed in Special Collections and some of the stories of how these artifacts, photos and recorded histories were found and brought to the library.

The Cline Library serves as the home for the archives of Northern Arizona University. The photographs, records, and oral histories available online capture the stories of northern Arizona and the greater Colorado Plateau.

Jonathan Pringle is the Archivist for Arrangement & Description with NAU’s Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives Dept.  In this role, he undertakes physical and intellectual processing and dissemination of collections material in all media formats.  He has been working as a professional archivist since graduating from the University of British Columbia’s Master’s in Archival Studies Program in 2008.

This is a free event and open to the public.

The Nuclear West @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Professor Michael Amundsun, Director of Public History at NAU, will talk about the “Nuclear West”, including downwinders, the Manhattan Project
during WWII, nuclear testing, uranium mining, missile deployment, nuclear reactors, and nuclear waste.

The Museum will host a special exhibit through May on the downwinder story- a “downwinder” is a person living downwind of a nuclear test site or reactor, where the risk from fallout or radiation leaks is greatest. This included many of
Sedona’s families who lived here and in northern Arizona from the 1950s-60s.251419206190497.xikJGifXodZonRKWNXlr_height640

The Hopi Billingsley Dancers
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ken Zoll will present an Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks program entitled “The Hopi Billingsley Dancers”.
In 1921 the Hopi were told that “church people” petitioned Congress to stop their “pagan” ceremonial dancing. The Hopi approached Milo Billingsley, a teacher at the Toreva Day School on Second Mesa, for assistance. He formed a dancing and chanting troupe to demonstrate that the dances were part of the Hopi culture and not pagan worship. They toured across the country to make their case. In 1927, a platform was erected on the U.S. Capital steps where both Houses of Congress assembled with their families to see the Hopi dancers. Following the performance, Congress passed a Resolution giving the Hopi permission to carry on their dancing “for all time.”
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Hopi Tribe jointly received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve a rare 1957 film of the dancers. This presentation provides background on the history of the Hopi dancers and shows portions of the film. Some of the rare footage from this preserved film will be featured in an upcoming PBS/BBC television special to air in the coming months.
Ken Zoll is the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde and a volunteer docent at the cultural heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest.
This is a free event and open to the public.

The Prehistoric Heritage of Modern Mata Ortiz Pottery @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Mar 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
     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.
     A good selection of Mata Ortiz pottery will be available for purchase at Mata Ortiz prices. Mata Ortiz4
Theodore Roosevelt Slept Here @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Kevin Schindler is the Historian and Media Contact for the Lowell Observatory.  He will be giving a mostly nonfictional account of Theodore Roosevelt and his ties to Arizona.TheodoreRooseveltonhorseatKayenta1913


Sedona in the 1940s @ Sedona Heritage Museum
Apr 19 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Museum is partnering with the Sedona Public Library for the ‘Read
Around Sedona’ program, focusing on the new book House of Apache
Fires by Morgan Jameson. To further interpret what Sedona was like in
the 1940s when Jack and Helen Frye built their home, Paul Thompson
and Ruth Jordan Van Epps will talk about their experiences of living
in Sedona during this era.

Rafting the Grand Canyon @ Sedona Heritage Museum
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Jan Taylor has done 16 end-to-end Grand Canyon rafting trips and will be talking about “Rafting the Grand Canyon:  A Journey Through Time” and canyon geology.

**CANCELLED**O’Connor Lecture @ Sedona Heritage Museum
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This presentation has been cancelled.

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