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New and Upcoming Exhibitions

You will See the West from a whole new perspective through our most recently opened and upcoming exhibitions: Opened Oct. 1, 2020 William P. Healey’s collection of intricately beaded and embroidered gauntlets from tribes of the Plateau, Great Basin, and parts of the...

THE RAILROAD OPENING UP THE WEST

  Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is proud to announce The Railroad Opening Up the West, a new exhibition sponsored by Frankie and Howie Alper that tells how the transcontinental railroad transformed the American West. Western Spirit contracted with...

NASA LANDS AT WESTERN SPIRIT IN MAY!

“Thanks to the collaboration between NASA and Scottsdale’s Western Spirit museum, kids and their families will be able to take part in hands-on experiences that will hopefully inspire the next generation of space explorers and continue Arizona’s legacy in our...

Edward Curtis and Red Cloud: Connecting the Past to the Present

On Thursday, March 31st, 2022, Western Spirit hosted a lively and timely evening event, Edward Curtis and Red Cloud: Connecting the Past to the Present. Edward Curtis’ great-grandson, John Edward Graybill, read an original speech given by Curtis in Santa Fe, New...

JENNIFER SANDS – BOARD TRUSTEE HONORED

48 Arizona Women and the Arizona Historical Society have selected the 48 Most Intriguing Women of Arizona for 2022. Now 11 years old, 48 Arizona Women, the sponsoring organization based in Scottsdale, started as an official Arizona Centennial Project in 2010 to...

5 QUESTIONS WITH BOARD MEMBER – PHIL HAGENAH

  Q: You and your family are no newcomers to Scottsdale and the Phoenix area. Would you talk a bit about your family’s background here? A: I’m from the 4th generation in my family to winter in Arizona. My great-grandparents first stayed at Castle Hot Springs...

Honorary Emeritus Western Spirit Trustee Honored

On March 3, 2022, the Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 27th Annual Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. The 2022 event was presented by The Scottsdale Charros. The Past Presidents Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of...

Henry Red Cloud – Executive Director of Red Cloud Renewables

Henry Red Cloud is the direct 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, one of the last Lakota war chiefs and one of the most famous Native Americans in history. Henry was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota...

John Graybill – President of Curtis Legacy Foundation

John is the youngest of only three great-grandchildren descending from Edward Curtis. John and his wife Coleen live in Buena Vista, Colorado in their perfect mountain cabin at 9000 feet. John got his photography degree at the Rhode Island School of Photography in...

Bench Repairs

If you see someone taking a mallet and chisel to the Ponderosa Pine Saddle Bench in the Christine & Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard at Western Spirit, never fear. What you are seeing is the artist, carver David Armstrong, taking care of some wood rot that...

Not So Anonymous, the Women who Created Hopi Pottery

One of the most important writers of the 20th century—or any century—British novelist Virginia Woolf once wrote that, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” referring to the overwhelming number of books, paintings, musical compositions, artworks, textiles,...