The Mohave Museum of History & Arts will be hosting a Smithsonian Museum on Mainstreet Exhibition titled ‘Journey Stories’ in the fall of 2013. The Smithsonian website states that “Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America”, and to promote the Kingman Exhibit, the Kingman Journey Stories Committee is recruiting the community for artwork to illustrate Kingman’s Journey.
Submissions will be accepted throughout the month of February. Photos, paintings, drawings, sketches, anything and everything that could be made into a standard sized postcard will be considered. There are no age restrictions and submissions could be from a single artist or a group, such as a family or class. The submitting party must simply be from Kingman. Longtime resident or short time, it doesn’t matter. Any story about how one came to be in Kingman is part of the narrative to Kingman’s Journey.
At the end of February, the Kingman Journey Stories Committee will select one image that best illustrates Kingman’s Journey. No prize is being offered, however the artist will receive credit and the winning artwork will live on as part of this prestigious Smithsonian exhibit.
To submit your picture or artwork, please deliver it to the Mohave Museum of History & Arts at 400 W. Beale Street in Downtown Kingman or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, how long you have lived in Kingman and your contact information.
Journey Stories is coordinated by the Arizona Council of the Humanities and will be held in six Arizona communities, beginning June 22, 2013 in Winslow in ending April 6, 2014 in Sierra Vista. The Exhibit will be hosted in Kingman from September 28 through November 10, 2013.
Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America, and a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything – families and possessions – to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean.
The reasons behind those decisions are myriad. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers. Our transportation history is more than trains, boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom.