Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott has a remarkable, ambitious woman to thank for its success. Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870–1943) was, among other things, a historian, journalist, poet, collector and the first woman to hold office in the Arizona territorial government. In1928 she opened a small museum dedicated to Arizona history. Her collection of artifacts and photographs was commendable in its diversity and, along with the carefully planned landscape and gardens, grew over the next dozen years into today’s Sharlot Hall Museum. The heart of the museum remains an 1864 log house that served as the Governor’s Mansion. Built in Prescott for John Noble Goodwin, the first governor of Arizona Territory, it is the oldest territorial building on its original site.
Construction of the new Education Center will provide much-needed space for cultural and educational activities, plus provide a venue for varied community activities in the multipurpose auditorium space. A pavered walkway to McCormick Street will allow off-hours access to the facility for both theater-style events and specialty gatherings.
The Library and Archives, open to the public, hold a vast collection of rare books, original documents, historical photographs, maps and oral history. The Sharlot Hall Theater, in the Lawler Exhibit Center, provides a venue for exhibits and displays; for the historical lecture series and educational presentations; music events in support of the Folk Music Festival in October; and the Museum’s Living History programs that bring the past alive through hands-on demonstrations.
As both an historic site and a heritage campus, Sharlot Hall Museum is the “Crown Jewel” of Northern Arizona with its eleven 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. The expansion of this historical museum, originally slated for February 21st, has been moved to February 28th.
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