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Press Release – March 22, 2024

Press Release – March 22, 2024

FULL RUN OF HISTORIC YAVAPAI MAGAZINE TO BE DIGITIZED, PUBLIC PROGRAMS TO COME!

Arizona Humanities Grant awarded to the Sharlot Hall Museum Research Center (SHMRC) for the Yavapai Magazine Digitization Project.

 Prescott, AZ: Arizona Humanities has awarded a grant to SHMRC for the Yavapai Magazine Digitization Project. The SHMRC, located at 115 S McCormick St, Prescott, AZ 86303, is believed to be the only institution in Arizona to have the entirety of Yavapai Magazine’s 18-year run (1914-1932) in both hard copy and on microfiche. The digitization will make available to the public all 4,100 pages of Yavapai Magazine and will benefit anyone interested in Arizona history including teachers, genealogists, amateur and professional historians, archivists, and others. This project has been made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Yavapai Magazine covers 18 years of material on Arizona’s mining and ranching industries, and numerous topics including the Northern Arizona Fair, dry farming, Arizona’s climate, its tuberculosis sanatoriums, and Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo. It also covered Northern Arizona’s “movers and shakers.” It contains news of Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Apache, Navajo, and Gila counties, detailing the evolution of their towns and cities. Every issue includes photographs, drawings, maps, and statewide advertisements.

The public will be invited to learn about the content of Yavapai Magazine, its importance to Northern and Central Arizona’s history, and how to access and use the digital version of the magazine through a panel presentation of experts, including scholars from Arizona State University, Yavapai College, and Arizona Historical Society. Digital versions of Yavapai Magazine will also provide history, civics, science, and language lessons for students in area schools through the Museum Education Department’s Traveling Trunks and Teen Curation programs.

The Museum’s Education Department annually works with K-12 schools in the region to engage nearly 3,000 students in history and enrichment activities. In addition to conducting 32 school tours with 1,300 students—including home schoolers. Students are also reached through the “Traveling Trunks” program, in which staff and docents take 11 trunks filled with artifacts related to Arizona history into area classrooms. In addition, future Teen Curation summer camps will immerse youth in Arizona’s history, people, and cultures. Youth participating in Teen Curation will create their own museum exhibit based on these activities and the topics in Yavapai Magazine.

The Sharlot Hall Museum (SHM) inspires “the future by interacting with Central Arizona’s diverse and continuing history” through its mission to engage “people with Central Arizona’s evolving story through interactive educational and cultural experiences.” This project is a good fit with the Museum’s mission and the Arizona Humanities mission because it will create “opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.”

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