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Kingman Journey Stories Exhibit

A Smithsonian Museum on Main Street project

Six Arizona rural communities will be hosting a Smithsonian Museum on Mainstreet Exhibition titled Journey Stories. “Journey Stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America” according the Smithsonian’s website.

The Journey Stories Exhibit has traveled throughout America from 2009 to 2012, visiting 100 communities in 18 states. This is the first opportunity for Arizona to host the Exhibition.  Coordinated by the Arizona Humanities Council, Journey Stories will begin in Winslow in June of 2013 and commence in Sierra Vista in April of 2014. Kingman is the third stop, running from September 28 to November 9, 2013 at the Mohave Museum of History & Arts.

Links for more information about the exhibit:

Kingman Exhibit

The Exhibition opens in Kingman at 1:00 pm on September 28, 2013. On that same day, 5,000 spectators are anticipated downtown for the Andy Devine Days Parade. The parade was designated an Arizona State Treasure by Governor Napolitano in 2005.
  • Pioneer Days - Ranching & Mining (Sept 28 - Oct 11) During the first two weeks, the Kingman Quilters Guild will host a co-display of Journey Stories quilts in the main show room. The quilt exhibit  will consist of three sections: one to tell the history of American quilting with examples of popular quilts from seven eras;  the second section will have 25-30 small journey quilts (made by Kingman Quilters Guild members) depicting their individual journeys through life; and the third section will consist of the history of transportation in Mohave County told through quilts.
  • The Railroad (Oct 11 - Oct 19) On October 13, the Kingman Railroad Museum will host an open house and presentation on travel by rail, and October 19, a Harvey House presentation will be held at the Mohave Museum of History & Arts (see Presentations for more information).
  • Route 66 "The Mother Road" (Oct 19 - Nov 2) The highway's impact on Kingman is undeniable, so we're celebrating it with two weeks. Things kick off with a Route 66 presentation by famed author Jim Hinckley and an Ice Cream Social at the Chillin' on Beale Street block party in Historic Downtown Kingman.
  • Taking Flight (Nov 2 - Nov 9) Historian Rob Chillcoat, Kingman Army Airfield Museum curator, will give a presentation on the history of aviation in Kingman.

The Kingman Library also invites you to come out and learn more about local journey stories and the history of the area and its settlement. The Library (located at the corner of Beverly Ave and Burbank) has a special collection set aside to make your search easier.


Images of America - Kingman, by Dan MessersmithDan Messersmith, Mohave County Historian and author of several publications including Kingman (from the Images of America series): Dan will be on site to introduce visitors to the exhibit with a presentation on the history of Kingman.
Date: September 28, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm 
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the Museum Library
Joe Hart, Arizona State Mine Inspector, is a 4th generation Arizonan and a lifetime resident of Kingman. Joe worked at the Duval Mining Corporation for 20 years. His presentation will cover gold and copper mining from the Tennessee Mine, old and new Mineral Park,  Oatman mines, and  Boriana Mine in Hualapais.
Date: October 5, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where:  Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main Museum Library.
Jay Cravath, Ph. D.: Dr. Cravath's “Along the California Trail” covers an ancient set of Indian paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major artery for travel through Arizona. The Gila provided a ready route for the earliest traders, including Toltecs of Mexico, who traded with the Mogollon, Anasazi and Hohokam. This program focuses on the varied travelers along this route—their struggles, stories and fates. It also explores the legacies these explorers left. The journals, stories, songs and art that came from these travels are rich and revealing of our state’s explorers and citizens.
Date: October 11, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where:  Mohave Community College - Neal Campus Kingman (1971 Jagerson Ave)
Roy Purcell, famed Southwestern artist and former director of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and the Southern Nevada Museum in Henderson: Roy will give a guided tour of the ‘Mohave Epic’ Exhibit he created at the Museum nearly 50 years ago.
Date: October 12, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Where:  Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main Mohave Epic room
David Bacon, Curator of the Kingman Railroad Museum: David will cover the history of the Sante Fe Rail Road and how it has impacted Kingman.
Date: October 13, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (during the Railroad Museum Open House, going from 9 am to 5 pm)
Where:  Kingman Rail Road Museum, (402 E. Andy Devine Ave)
Harvey Girls at the Grand Canyon in 1950, image courtesy of the Winslow Old Trails MuseumAnn-Mary Lutzick, Director of the Old Trails Museum in Winslow, Board Member of the Museum Association of Arizona and author of Winslow (from the Images of America series): Ann-Mary's "Harvey Girls of the Southwest" covers the Fred Harvey Company which operated its exceptional chain of restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railway from 1876 through the 1950s. Among its many innovations was the employment of over 100,000 “Harvey Girl” waitresses: single women from the East and Midwest who chose to leave their families, commit to terms of service, and adhere to strict conduct and wardrobe requirements. This presentation explores the creation of the Harvey Girls, their life and work at the Harvey Houses and grand hotels in the Southwest, and their influence on the changing roles of women in the national workforce, as well as on society and popular culture in the American West.
Directly following Ms. Lutzick's presentation, Debbie Burnham-Kidwell will cover the Kingman Harvey House. Kingman's Harvey House was located across 4th Street from the Railroad depot until the mid-1950's when it caught fire and was torn down. 
Date: October 19, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main show room
Route 66 Encyclopedia, by Jim HinckleyJim Hinckley, Route 66 Historian and Author of several books including the Route 66 Encyclopedia: Jim’s talk is about the passion for the road less traveled, the history of the people who followed those roads, and the vehicles in which they made those travels: 
Date: October 19, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm (in conjunction with October's Chillin' on Beale Street)
Dr. John Craft, Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Dr. Craft’s “Along Old Route 66” presentation includes tales of the Mother Road’s impact as told by longtime Arizona residents.  His talk includes fascinating footage from two television documentaries that were produced in Arizona and broadcast across the U.S.
Date: October 24, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main show room
Dan Messersmith, Mohave County Historian and author of several publications including  Kingman (from the Images of America series): Dan will be at the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum to give a guided tour of the exhibit.
Date: October 26, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: Begining at 10:00 am 
Where: Powerhouse Route 66 Museum (120 W. Andy Devine Ave)
Rob Chilcoat: Historian and Curator of the Kingman Army Airfield Museum: Rob’s talk will cover the history of the TAT Port Kingman and the Kingman Army Airfield.
Date: November 5 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main show room
Elizabeth Larson, Ph.D., lecturer at the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University: “Who Lives in Arizona? Arizona's Changing Demography” uses national census data, media coverage, and other graphics to explore how Arizona's population has changed over the decades and how trends indicate it will grow in the future.
Date: November 7 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Mohave Museum of History & Arts (400 W. Beale Street) in the main show room

Arizona Tour Schedule


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Journey Stories has been made possible in Kingman by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.