Friday, August 24, 2012

Smithsonian returns to AZ with Journey Stories

Journey Stories - Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions

The Arizona Humanities Council is thrilled to share the
2013 - 2014 Journey Stories tour itinerary!

June 22, 2013 – August 4, 2013
Old Trails Museum/Winslow Historical Society @ La Posada Hotel

303 E. Second St.
Winslow, AZ 86047
Coordinator: Ann-Mary Lutzick
November 16, 2013 – December 29, 2013
Florence Main Street Program at McFarland State Historic Park

24 W. Ruggles St.
Florence, AZ 85132
Coordinator: Jennifer Evans
August 10, 2013 – September 22, 2013
Casa Malpais

418 E. Main St.
Springerville, AZ 85938
Coordinator: Greg Cross
January 4, 2014 – February 16, 2014
Patagonia Public Library

346 Duquesne
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Coordinator: Abbie Zeltzer
September 28, 2013 – November 10, 2013
Kingman Powerhouse Visitors Center at Mohave Museum of History and Art

400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86501
928-753-6106 x21
Coordinator: Joshua Noble
February 22, 2014 – April 6, 2014
Henry F. Hauser Museum

2950 E. Tacoma St.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Coordinator: Nancy Krieski

About Journey Stories

Journey stories – tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – are a central element of our personal heritage.

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. 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 boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom. The Museum on Main Street exhibition Journey Stories will examine the intersection between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move.

The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom. It is accounts of immigrants coming in search of promise in a new country; stories of individuals and families relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road.

The story of the intersection between transportation and American society is complicated, but it tells us much about who we are – people who see our societal mobility as a means for asserting our individual freedom. Journey Stories will use engaging images, alongside audio and artifacts, to tell the stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.

Journey Stories is part of Museums on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museums on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
For more information, contact Celina Chiarello at 602-257-0335 x23 or

Museum on Main Street (MoMS)

Museum on Main Street is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, state humanities councils, and rural museums across America. Smithsonian designers have developed an exhibition format tailored to small, rural museums: exhibits are freestanding, contain original objects, and travel in easy-to-handle wheeled crates.

Rural museums benefit from the name recognition of the Smithsonian Institution as well as the programming expertise of state humanities councils, which facilitate local exhibit development and program planning by providing funding, scholarly consultations, packaged programs, and preparatory workshops, along with materials developed by MoMS. Visit to learn more.

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