Sharlott Hall Museum
public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social,
and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands, and
which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections,
conservation, exhibits, and related programs.

Sharlot Hall Museum is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall
(1870-1943), who became well known as a poet, activist, politician, and
Arizona’s first territorial historian. Sharlot Hall was one of the West’s most
remarkable women. As early as 1907, Ms. Hall saw the need to save Arizona’
s history and planned to develop a museum. She began to collect both
native American Indian and pioneer material.

In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor’s residence and
offices, and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents
opening it as a museum in 1928. Today, the Museum features eleven exhibit
buildings (six of which are historic), compelling exhibits and beautiful
gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals.

The Library and Archives, open to the public, hold a vast collection of rare
books, original documents, historical photographs, maps and oral history.
The theater in the Lawler Exhibit Center provides a venue for temporary
exhibits and displays; for the historical lecture series and educational
presentations; music events in support of our Folk Music Festival in
October; and the Museum’s Living History programs that bring the past
alive through hands-on demonstrations. When visiting the Museum, be sure
to stop by our Museum Store which is located in the Bashford House – an
1875 Victorian home.

The Museum offers a growing “Arizona History Adventure” experience for
guests, highlighted by themed programs on the second Saturday of each
month on the Museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Military-themed
“Frontier History Experience” is also offered at the Fort Whipple Museum
on the third Saturday of each month, May through October, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
volunteers from around the state. “Living History” training is done on a wide variety of subjects to acquaint
volunteers and staff with 19th century life. Work sessions are held to help create the period garments that are often
worn while participating in the program. Accuracy is stressed as much here as in exhibits or other programming
done by the Museum.

Our Day in the Life program welcomes youth from the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, home school communities,
and local civic and youth organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. The annual program provides the chance
for youth from different backgrounds to learn from each other about their respective cultures and the diverse
history of the area, as well as experience what life would have been like for children in Native communities and late
19th century American settlements

Scouting programs are an essential part of many young peoples’ lives and the Sharlot Hall Museum is proud to offer
enriching, unique programs that supplement both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs. Our programs are built on
the one-of-a-kind resources of the museum including historic narratives, exhibits and collections resources. If you
have any questions or would like to enroll your scout troop in a program, email Jenny Pederson for more
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