Heritage Hall (Ongoing Exhibition)

Heritage Hall chronicles the life history of some of the American West’s most famous individuals. Their life stories tell of the achievements and creative works that have influenced the course of history. The photographs and biographies in The Heritage Hall are part of an ongoing and changing exhibition.

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt at home on August 9, 1923, at age 75.
Photograph by John H. Flood Jr.

Earp, Wyatt (1848-1929)

A legend of the American West, Wyatt Earp is immediately connected to the notorious gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Earp was a Pima County Arizona Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Town Marshal in Tombstone at the time. Earp and two other lawmen killed three outlaw cowboys during the shootout. In addition to his time as sheriff, he also was known for being a gambler, buffalo hunter, miner, teamster, and saloon keeper.

Inspiring images of people, past and present, who have made contributions to the American West, together with biographical data that guests can explore. Here are a few individuals you will see in the exhibition:

Loloma, Charles (1921-1991)
During the 1950s and 1960s, Scottsdale was home to famed Hopi artist Charles Loloma. Known for his one-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings, and pottery pieces, Loloma collaborated with Scottsdale designer and Cherokee artist Lloyd Kiva New. Loloma Station, a Scottsdale transit hub, is located on the site of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, and is a welcoming port for visitors who ride the trolley and other public transportation services. The Site of Western Spirit serves as a proud reminder of the Loloma’s legacy and gift to Scottsdale and indeed the world.

Lange, Dorothea (1895-1965)
Best known for her iconic images of the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange was as much of an activist as she was a pioneer in documentary photography. Her photographs of conditions in San Francisco after the Stock Market Crash of 1929 caught the eye of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which then hired her as a field investigator. Along with her husband, Lange set out across the United States to capture the experiences of sharecroppers and migrant laborers through interviews and images. Lange addressed the important social issues of her day including Japanese internment camps, contemporary American Indian concerns, and industrialized farming.

Chavez, Cesar (1927-1993)
Cesar Chavez is known for his leadership and promotion of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically for the Latino community. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later know as the United Farm Workers union) that led to numerous improvements for union laborers.

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