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Coming This Fall

The Gather began as a conversation about a colophon (an emblematic device, or a note, especially one relating to the circumstances of production, as the printer's or scribe's names place, and date, put at the conclusion of a book or manuscript – or in this case a...

Inaugural Jim & Sandy Bruner Scholarship Program Winner Announced

In April 2022, when then-Chairman of the Western Spirit Board of Trustees, Jim Bruner, rotated into the Chairman Emeritus role after 16.5 years, fellow trustees and staff created a plan to honor Jim and his wife Sandy for their many years of dedication and...

A Message from the Executive Director – September 2022 Newsletter

Recently I had the privilege of serving as a judge for the Eiteljorg Museum’s 17th annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale in Indianapolis. Wow, do they know how to ‘get it right!’ The artwork, the exhibition design, the activities, and the hospitality were all...

A Conversation with Board of Trustee Christine Mollring

Christine Mollring was born and educated in Santos, Brazil. Her parents, Henry and Mollie Usher, were both Londoners. At the age of 15, after the close of World War II, she traveled to London with her sister and paternal grandmother. Having danced ballet for 10 years,...

In the “Footprint” of Western Spirit—Part 1.

Along the bottom of this “plane’s-eye view” of Old Town Scottsdale, taken in 1936, you will note the two blocks between Main Street and 2nd Street. This—the site where Western Spirit now stands—was once Doc Bishop's cotton and alfalfa fields. T. S. “Doc” Bishop, whose...

A Message from the Executive Director

Museums are informal lifelong learning environments; that’s what lured me to this profession. More polarized than ever, our society needs these types of learning environments, as underscored by a program we hosted a few weeks ago. How do I know the program resonated...

SHHH – TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

Our biggest, baddest Best of the Valley ever includes 561 of the most laudable people, places and things in Greater Phoenix…. Thank you to all our PHOENIX magazine readers and online users for a record vote turnout on Best of the Valley 2022.   And the winner...

REMARKABLE PRESENCE

As of July 2022, nearly 31,000 people in Arizona have died of COVID-19. They were people with family, friends, children, and pets. People who mentored others and changed lives. They are gone. Their belongings and memories are left with the people involved in their...