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December 14, 2016 – Living History – Sedona Architecture

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Wednesday December 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum when local architect Don Woods will present on his 50 years of designing and working in Sedona. He will be talking briefly about his career and will also talk about Sedona architecture in general and where he thinks it is headed. Woods 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.

This is a free event and open to the public.

Every year, the Sedona Heritage Museum presents a series of Living History talks. Speakers include descendants of pioneers, long-time residents with historical stories to share or other story-tellers about history. The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona and is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 928-282-7038.

November 10, 2016 – Verde Valley Museums Offer Holiday Shopping

The Verde Valley is home to a treasure trove of cultural heritage sites and museums. Many of these have Museum Gift Shops offering gifts for the coming holiday season – gifts that you may not find anywhere else. By shopping at these non-profit organizations you will be providing much needed support by spending some of your shopping dollars with them.
You can find unique gifts for everyone on your list in an un-crowded, un-harried environment, enjoy tax-free purchases, AND support area cultural institutions all in one shopping trip!
Verde Valley museums offer shoppers the opportunity to explore an eclectic selection of items that often can’t be found at other retail stores. You don’t need to pay admission just to shop and you can provide much needed income to these non-profit organizations in the process.
The Sedona Heritage Museum has local history books, items made by local artists, movies made in Sedona, jewelry, knives, things for kids, soaps, ornaments, art and all types of gift choices. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 735 Jordan Road. For details, call 928-282-7038 or visit sedonamuseum.org.
Cottonwood’s Clemenceau Heritage Museum offers their 2017 Calendar of early Verde Valley Schools, Images of Cottonwood historic photo book, hand-made items, logo items, books, minerals and stones for children, t-shirts with museum and local railroad logos. Hours vary so check their website clemenceaumuseum.com. 1 N. Willard St. For details, call 928-634-2868.
Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum features local books by local authors. Hours are Wednesday through Monday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 900 N 1st St. For details, call 649-1198.
The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum has many books by local authors about Verde Valley history, plus patches, mugs and bells with their logo. Call for hours. 435 S. Main St. For details, call 928-567-9560.
Fort Verde State Historic Park has a variety of historical books and items relevant to the history of the fort. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 125 E. Hollamon, Camp Verde. For details, call 928-567-3275.
At the Jerome State Historic Park you’ll find mineral samples, copper gift items and local history books. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 100 Douglas Rd. For details, call 928-634-5381.
The Jerome Mine Museum offers a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 200 Main Street. For details, call 928-634-1066.
The Western National Parks Association (WNPA) bookstore at Montezuma Castle National Monument offers an extensive selection of books, videos, games and Native American flutes. Hours are daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 2800 N. Montezuma Castle Hwy., Camp Verde. For details, call 928-567-3322, x225.
The WNPA bookstore at Tuzigoot National Monument also offers a long list of books, education and exploratory items for kids and adults, and now handmade baskets by the Tohono O’odham. Hours are daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd., Clarkdale. For details, call 928-634-5564.
Please consider supporting your local Museum Gift Shops this holiday season. Above is only a limited description of all you will find within their walls. And, they are always adding new and unique items.

November 1, 2016 – Sedona Heritage Museum to Host Veteran’s Day Tribute

The Sedona Heritage Museum’s annual Veteran’s Day tribute will be on Friday, November 11th beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Museum. All veterans of all wars and active military, and family and friends are invited to be special guests of the Museum at Sedona’s annual memorial and program of appreciation for those who have serve and now serve.
This year’s program will begin with entertainment by Tom and Shondra Jepperson. They will be performing a new original song written by residents Terrie Frankel and Fred Shinn called “Here’s To You! Red, White and Blue”. This song is being submitted for Grammy consideration for Best Americana Song.
The program will continue with dignitaries including Mayor Sandy Moriarty, a Flag Ceremony by Sedona Boy Scout Troop 48, and special tributes.
Vocalist Katherine Latorraca, herself a veteran, will sing a set of patriotic selections.
The program will be held in the Museum’s historic fruit packing shed. Lunch will be served after the program with food by The Golden Goose.
Shuttle service will be provided from nearby parking lots.
The day’s events are underwritten by the City of Sedona and the Sedona Heritage Museum. The program, refreshments and Museum admission will be free. For more information call 928-282-7038. The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Rd. in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona.

October 25, 2016 – Sedona Heritage Museum Publishes New Book by Michael Peach

The Sedona Heritage Museum is proud to announce the release of Michael “Coyote” Peach’s latest book, “Leave Your Big Behavior in Your Home Corral”.
While Peach’s first book, “The Facts Keep Gettin’ in the Way of the Story”, focused on Arizona historical hi-jinx, this book is a collection of engaging original stories with amusing contemporary cowboy poems touching on con men, lawmen, gun fights, train robberies, hucksters, “high-grading”, Prohibition, soiled doves, dragons, rattlesnakes, and even a headless celebrity chicken.
Mike’s new book “…provides a rich historical context for each story.”, says Richard Warren, named “Best Playwright 2015” by Phoenix New Times. “Here you’ll learn, whether fact of fiction, the truth will always get out. So kick back…and treat yourself to a delightful read…you won’t be sorry.”
Michael Peach is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright, a Certified Interpretive Trainer for the National Association for Interpretation and a published author. Additionally, he performs a bi-monthly show at the Museum.
“Leave Your Big Behavior in Your Home Corral” is now available in the Museum’s Gift Shop. A book signing event will be scheduled in the next few weeks.
The Sedona Heritage Museum is in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Rd in Uptown Sedona, AZ. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., daily. For more information, call 928-282-7038

October 22, 2016 – Fall Arts & Crafts Fair

Calendar:
Date: October 22, 2016
Topic: Fall Arts & Crafts Sale
Starts: 9:00 a.m.
Ends: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, Uptown Sedona 86339
Charge: Free
More info: Call 928-282-7038, http://sedonamuseum.org/fallcraftfair/

Feature Article:
Museum’s Fall Arts & Crafts Sale

The gift-giving holiday season is fast upon us all. What do we do for those on our list who have everything? You may want to check out this weekend’s Fall Arts & Crafts Sale at the Sedona Heritage Museum. The show is Saturday only, October 22 at the Museum in Uptown Sedona. Doors are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The show will be set up in the historic Jordan apple packing shed and surrounding park.
This show is an old-fashioned arts and crafts show like you remember them to be. All items are hand-made. The artist or craftsman sits behind each table to personally tell you how they make their pieces, where they find their unusual materials or what inspires them. Many of these people only do this show or a very limited number of other shows making their items unusual and uncommon. They will have a large variety of handmade and one-of-a-kind offerings.
At this show you will find fine art, quilted items, ceramics, wood art pieces, and home decor items of all kinds. Jewelers will show beaded, fused glass, gemstones, and other original materials made into jewelry. There will be beautiful wearable art of clothing, scarves, accessories and items for children. Ornaments, gourd art, woven baskets, photography, bird houses and feeders, useable wooden pieces, cutting boards, candle lanterns, metal art, and gifts galore like lavendar products, greeting cards, candles, hand-crafted soaps & lotions, and many, many other choices round out the extensive selection.
This show has matured over the years to about 45 vendors, sold-out vendor space, and a large attendance.
The Sedona Community Center will be serving lunch on site including a vegetarian option, so your lunch purchase benefits another local non-profit. In addition to the arts and crafts booths, the Museum will hold a bake sale of only home-made goodies from 9:00 am until they are all gone! These proceeds benefit the Museum. The Museum Gift Shop will also be open for holiday shopping, and will be hosting a clearance sale.
Follow the signs from SR 89A in Uptown to the Museum and sale. For more information call 928-282-7038. The Sedona Historical Society operates the Sedona Heritage Museum in the old Jordan farmstead home and orchard sheds at 735 Jordan Rd. in Uptown. The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. http://sedonamuseum.org/fallcraftfair/

October 12, 2016 – Living History: “The Un-common Raven” with Loren Haury & Diane Phelps

Calendar Section:
Date: October 12, 2016
Topic: Living History: “The Un-common Raven” with Loren Haury & Diane Phelps
Starts: 10:00 a.m.
Ends: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, Uptown Sedona 86339
Charge: Free
More info: Call 928-282-7038, www.sedonamuseum.org

Living History Talk at Sedona Heritage Museum

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Wednesday October 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum when Loren Haury and Diane Phelps will present on “The Uncommon Raven”.
Haury and Phelps will provide an illustrated overview of the common raven focusing on the bird’s sociability, problem solving skills and playful manner. They will share the story of one raven, “Shade” who came to Sedona and participated in University of Arizona raven research, even learning language.
Haury’s color photography will illustrate the talk. He is an Arizona native whose photos have been shown in art galleries and appeared in the Sierra Club calendar. Phelps has published both “Shade, a Story of a Smart Raven” and “The Un-Common Raven”. Books will be for sale.
This is a free event and open to the public.
Every year, the Sedona Heritage Museum presents a series of Living History talks. Speakers include descendants of pioneers, long-time residents with historical stories to share or other story-tellers about history. The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona and is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 928-282-7038.

October 7, 2016 – Mata Ortiz Talk, Demo & Sale

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Date: October 7, 2016
Topic: Mata Ortiz Pottery talk and sale with historian/author John Bezy and artist Oralia Lopez
Starts: 11:00 a.m.
Ends: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, Uptown Sedona 86336
Charge: Free
More info: Call 928‑282‑7038, www.sedonamuseum.org

Mata Ortiz Artist Demo & Sale at Museum

The Sedona Heritage Museum will host a history presentation, artist’s demonstration and pottery sale on the topic of Mata Ortiz pottery on Friday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m.
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 history, inspiration, and appreciation of this unique regional art form.
Artist Oralia Lopez has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs and will be demonstrating her intricate painting skills after Bezy’s talk. A selection of her and other Mata Ortiz artists’ pottery will be available for sale at prices similar to direct prices in her village.
Mata Ortiz pottery developed in a small village in Chihuahua, Mexico, less than 100 miles from the U.S.- Mexico border. 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. Seen as a revival of an ancient Mesoamerican pottery tradition and based on 600-year-old processes, materials, pigments, and designs, this pottery is considered art, not craft. It has evolved from imitating pre-Hispanic designs to contemporary expressions by each individual potter or pottery family who produce distinctive individualized ware.
This is a free event held in the Packing Shed and is open to the public.
The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 928‑282‑7038, sedonamuseum.org.

October 3, 2016 – Sedona Heritage Museum Publishes New Book

The Sedona Heritage Museum’s publishing arm, Sedona Heritage Publishing, is proud to announce the release of their latest book, “Through the Camera Lens of a One Room School Teacher”. The small book is a collection of photos and annotations by Ruth Woolf (Jordan), created in 1922-23 while she was in her first teaching position at the Beaver Creek School near Sedona.
With her little box camera, she captured wonderful images, but best of all, she wrote thoughtful and descriptive commentary on the back of each photo, providing insights into the place, people and time.
Photos range from Soda Springs Ranch, where she boarded; to intimate shots while she cut hair for students; and general photos of the school. Especially insightful are her photos and remarks of students playing, on school field trips and performing in school pageants.
While at Beaver Creek she met a Sedona orchardist, Walter Jordan, and married. Their home is now the site of the Sedona Heritage Museum. A life-long teacher, there is a chapter on her later work as a teacher at both the Sedona School and Red Rock School, also illustrated with photos.
“Through the Camera Lens of a One Room School Teacher” is now available in the Museum’s Gift Shop.
The Sedona Heritage Museum is in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Rd in Uptown Sedona, AZ. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., daily. For more information, call 928-282-7038. sedonamuseum.org.

9/3/2016 – Tribute to All Who are “Workin’ At It”

The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Coyote Peach in a special performance in honor of Labor Day on Saturday, September 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Peach has combined some of his most popular history-based stories with some new tales into a special Labor Day-themed program he calls “Workin’ At It.” Fans of Mike’s shows will recognize well-loved titles and enjoy new stories from his forthcoming book, Leave Your Big Behavior in Your Home Corral.

Finding themselves on the quirky side of history, Mike’s protagonists often fall prey to their own foibles: “So when it comes to your friends, my lads, don’t be too quick to judge them. And if they laugh at your mistakes, that’s nothing to begrudge them. Those with whom you’re closest and in whom your trust is put, will likely do the same as you when the shoe’s on the other foot.”
Others find themselves tarred with the broad brush of historical hindsight: “There are holes in the Indian blanket, there’s a crack in the Liberty Bell, and many a good intention has paved the road to hell.”

Peach is an award-winning actor, playwright, historian and published cowboy poet. He spins tales using jokes, stories, first person narrative, and original poems in his informative and entertaining shows.

The show is about an hour long. Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free. Museum admission is separate.

8/22/2016 – Cultural Tours of Northwest Chihuahua Mexico

The Sedona Heritage Museum will partner with John V. Bezy for 3-day cultural tours of northwest Chihuahua, Mexico.

The three-day trip to a non-tourist part of Mexico features a visit to the village of Mata Ortiz. The town is known for its ceramics which are a revival of the prehistoric Paquimé tradition. The air is often filled with the smoke from the many kilns. Along with this visit to the town of famous potters, Bezy will take the intimate group of only 8-10 people on a tour of a rich cultural mix of Mexican, Mormon, and Mennonite historical sites, to place in the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert, and a visit to Paquimé – the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest.

Tour guide John V. Bezy has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz and been studying the archeology and culture of this area for more than 30 years.

Three small tours are planned so travelers have a choice of travel dates: October 11-13, or November 9-11, or December 6-8. Cost is $575 double occupancy; $650 single occupancy, (includes all transportation, tours, hotels, entrance fees, and tips). A portion of the trip cost is a donation to the Sedona Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit, and registration includes a complimentary 2017 membership in the Sedona Historical Society.

Again, space is limited and these trips will sell out, so interested individuals should call the Museum soon to insure their seats. Informational flyers and registration forms are available at the Museum or by visiting www.sedonamuseum.org. For more info, call Lisa at 928-282-7038.