Ajo Historical Society Museum

Ajo Historical Society Museum Open during the tourist season late October until late May Noon to 4 PM daily [usually...if the flag is flying we are open...sometimes things come up]
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Operating as usual

05/09/2020

From the standpoint of volunteer curator, it does not seem very likely that the Ajo Museum will be opened on a regular basis until the fall of this year. The exhibits were covered up by President Mike MacFarlane and myself back in March due to the Coronavirus. A board meeting and audit are scheduled for June.

Audit: June 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 after audit. Thank you for your interest and support. Louie Walters

03/29/2020

Pima County has extended the state of emergency to April 10.
The Ajo Museum will remain closed. Louie Walters, curator.

I messed up a few days ago...thought I had posted several Ajo Gunnery 'Base yearbook photos but guess I only clicked on ...
03/24/2020

I messed up a few days ago...thought I had posted several Ajo Gunnery 'Base yearbook photos but guess I only clicked on one. Here are some more photos from the 1942 yearbook.

Long time Ajo teacher Kenny Farmer recently lent a book entitled "Ajo Gunnery Base".   It is very similar to a high scho...
03/22/2020

Long time Ajo teacher Kenny Farmer recently lent a book entitled "Ajo Gunnery Base". It is very similar to a high school yearbook. It was published during the first year of operation during World War II. Here are some pages from it.

03/22/2020

Pima County declared a state of emergency. In part as a result museums, including the Ajo Museum, were closed due to the virus. At this time the museum anticipates being open April 1, 2020...barring an extension of the emergency. .

01/18/2020

The General Membership meeting will be on Tuesday March 10th at 5:30 pm at the Ajo Museum.

Plumbing system in patio broke...old galvanized pipe rusted out.   Will have to repair it before Red and White weekend i...
11/24/2019

Plumbing system in patio broke...old galvanized pipe rusted out. Will have to repair it before Red and White weekend in October. (it was repaired, President Mike MacFarlane ram rodded the job.)_

11/24/2019

Sunday, Nov 24,at 10 a.m. there will be a memorial service for Richard Guinn. It will be in the patio area, The museum will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. as usual.

Probably closed Thanksgiving Day,  Meanwhile here are some old,not ancient, photos of Ajo and mine.
11/18/2019

Probably closed Thanksgiving Day, Meanwhile here are some old,not ancient, photos of Ajo and mine.

04/10/2019

The Ajo Museum just received six Ajo High School yearbooks thanks to a donation from a recent visitor. Two of the six were not in the collection.
They were the yearbooks for 1999 & 2002.
The Museum has most of the school annuals beginning with the first one published in 1937. The collection needs the following years: 1969, 1985,1986, 1987, 1990, 1992 &1994. Donations of these yearbooks gladly accepted.

04/10/2019

A little less than two months to go for this season. Up to 2500 visitors so far, one of the best seasons of the last ten.

Once in a while some whatnots are left  on the doorsteps of the Ajo Museum  On Monday, March 4th, this unusual donation ...
03/09/2019

Once in a while some whatnots are left on the doorsteps of the Ajo Museum On Monday, March 4th, this unusual donation awaited my arrival. No notes have been found, so much of it is a mystery. I hope someone can tell us where they came from and who the donor is. Here are some photos. Louie Walters Curator

The Ajo Museum had a nice donation from Ajo Resale.  It is a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier.  He resides in the wes...
03/09/2019

The Ajo Museum had a nice donation from Ajo Resale. It is a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier. He resides in the western section of the museum. Thank You Ajo Resale.

Annual general membership meeting on March 12  5 p.m.  at museum.
03/07/2019

Annual general membership meeting on March 12 5 p.m. at museum.

Today the Ajo Resale store donated to the museum a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier  U S Cavalry.  I am trying to fin...
02/28/2019

Today the Ajo Resale store donated to the museum a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier U S Cavalry. I am trying to find out more about the statue. It has the initials
T (or J ) D I on the base in back with a copyright date of '89. Here are a few photos of it. Please let me know if you have some information on it.

02/20/2019

Today I added a list of about 1000 names of folks who were employed in some way by the Ajo
School District from 1912 - 2018. It is in the museum's library. Had 29 visitors today. Glad Jose' D Castillo was on hand. He is a big boost for the museum. Folks want to visit with someone who worked for the mine.

02/19/2019

Nearly 9000 names of former Ajo students are now in the Ajo Museum Library...alphabetical order. Used it today to help a lady who was on the genealogy hunt for two cousins ...found them back in the 1940's.

Will add another thousand plus names of Ajo school district employees from 1912 - 2018 tomorrow, I am trying to make the library stronger and stronger in resources for those with Ajo connections.

Help welcomed.

Louie Walters, volunteer curator

02/18/2019

New resource at Ajo Museum...7000 plus Ajo student names and last attendance year. I have been compiling a list of many Ajo High School attendees for some time. The result is a 200 page binder with most names of Ajo Jr Hi and High School students from 1919 to 2018. Some years ago I created a list of those who graduated from Ajo HS and placed it in the Ajo Museum library. Often folks would ask me about someone who attended Ajo HS but did not graduate from Ajo HS. Now, thanks to the power of a spreadsheet, the names are in alphabetical order. Maiden names for the ladies, with their marital surname if appropriate.

In no way is this list perfect, but it is a starting point. It is not for sale, but may be used at the Ajo Museum. The Ajo Copper News and the school annuals at the Ajo Museum were the major sources of information. Louie Walters, Curator

02/18/2019

The mine overlook, neighbors of the Ajo Museum, has been closed most of last week. We hope the volunteers, Bob & Dee, are okay. :Lot more visitors to the museum as a result and a lot of questions about the mine overlook. Had 53 visitors yesterday, Saturday February 16, 2019, highest single day of this season. Jose' D. Castilo "Quirrin" helps out a lot and was on hand for the crowd. Still if you want to help out as a volunteer we can use the extra ladypower or manpower. Contact President Mike MacFarlane, Jose' Castillo or myself Louie Walters, curator.

01/21/2019

Should reach 1000 visitors by end of this month. A nice turnout so far and when the desert flowers bloom this spring it should be spectacular ...lots of rainfall has arrived making conditions right.

01/11/2019
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The Ajo Museum has had over 700 visitors since opening for the season in late October. Guests from Brazil and Norway recently visited.

The museum library now has over 4200 obituaries plus several thousand other documents and photos of people once connected to Ajo. A great resource for family researchers.

The library also includes sixty high school yearbooks dating back to 1937. Normally the library does not check out books nor does it have a copier so bring a phone camera or other device to record information.

While there is no set fee to enter the museum or use its resources on site, it does need finances to meet its ongoing costs. A dollar or two per person is a modest suggestion.

The Ajo Museum is owned and maintained by the Ajo Historical Society. It is a registered non-profit charity. Membership is open to all at a cost of $25 annual or $75 lifetime dues. The members elect three board members each year to a 3 year term of office.

The mailing address is Ajo Historical Society PO Box 778, Ajo, AZ 85321.

10/22/2018

The Ajo Museum had over 50 visitors during the Red & White reunion weekend. Off to a good start.

10/15/2018

Ajo Historical Society Board meeting at Ajo Museum tomorrow October 17th at 5:30 pm. Visitors welcomed to attend.

10/11/2018

Cleanup 9 am to noon Oct 17th (Wed) in preparation for Red & White Ajo reunion weekend Oct 19th - 21st.

10/10/2018

President Mike MacFarlane is organizing a cleanup before the museum opens for the Red & White weekend...Oct 19th - 21st.

05/31/2018

We are starting to button up the Museum for the summer hiatus. Sunday is last regular day. Board meeting & audit on the 6th, date changed. I will be in Ajo most of the summer if someone wants to use the library for research. Had six visitors today...which is good for any day in May. Memorial Day weekend was disappointing, but we had already passed 3000 guests for the season, second best year out of last eleven (had 3152 back in 2008-09. It would take a hundred plus visitors in the last few days to beat that number, still I am pleased. Mike MacFarlane has new energy and ideas to improve the facility. Is 4000 out of reach next season ? thanks for your interest and support. Louie Walters

05/23/2018

It must be the (relatively) cooler weather that blew in 35 visitors these past five days. Usually most of May is a slow month at the Ajo museum, especially deep into the month. Yesterday we had 7 guests and today 10 ! Number nine of those ten was our 3000th visitor for the season which began in mid October. Currently this is the second best season of the eleven under my role as curator...best was back in 2008-2009 with 3152 when we closed it after Memorial Day weekend. With 12 days left before closing for the summer there is an outside chance we will surpass it, Our last curator, Bob Hightower, often had 3000 or more guests a season. Back then it was open 6 hours a day, now with a smaller group of volunteers it is open in the afternoon for four hours a day...noon to 4 PM. Anyone wishing to help volunteer should contact our new President, Mike MacFarlane or myself. Mike and Jose' Castillo are planning on coming up with a summer to do list so don't wait til the fall to step forward. Thanks to all who have supported the Ajo Historical Society Museum by word or deed. til later Louie Walters

Bo Johnson of Ajo Chamber of Commerce brought this photo to the Ajo Museum today.  Does none recognize anyone on the tea...
05/19/2018

Bo Johnson of Ajo Chamber of Commerce brought this photo to the Ajo Museum today. Does none recognize anyone on the team? It was taken in the Ajo plaza long ago, On the back it states "Football team Ajo, Ariz Marion" (there is an arrow pointing to the lower right player).

We have four horses now for the model stage coach.  Now need some heavy pullers for the wagon like toy oxen or mules.  S...
05/17/2018

We have four horses now for the model stage coach. Now need some heavy pullers for the wagon like toy oxen or mules. Should be nearly four inches tall at shoulder if they are mules a bit smaller if oxen. We are trying to create a scene from
Ajo's history about 1855. Here is a photo of a mural done in 1946. It is currently seldom seen by the public since the building that has it has been closed for several years in Ajo. The artist included a wagon heading to California loaded with copper ore. (back ground on left side).

05/16/2018

As things slow down visitor wise at the Ajo Museum, we volunteers have time to have a bit of fun on various projects. These past few weeks we rediscovered a stage coach and a buckboard covered wagon...each without wheels let along rigging. We now have four horses for the stage coach, but need some strong animals like ox or mules to pull the wagon. (Also maybe some spare wheels as the ones I came up with won't stand up under a heavy load of copper ore. ) Here are a few photos of the work in progress. Louie Walters curator. P.S. won't turn any three or four inch passengers down. One wood carver may come up with a driver ! and that is a very important contribution.

05/15/2018

We are knocking on the door of 3000 visitors since October. Need 40 more by the end of this month. May usually slows down to a trickle of guests. Had five yesterday and two today. We still keep busy, did some painting and other odd jobs recently. Mike MacFarlane, our president, will put out the call for a cleanup day in the fall. We hope to be all tidy in time for the Ajo Red & White reunion weekend of October 19th -21st. Anyone who wants to use the museum library after June 5th should contact myself (curator) at (520) 387 -5698. I will be in Ajo for most of this summer.
There will be a board meeting on June 5th. Anyone who wants to join the Ajo Historical Society ($12.50/ year or $75/lifetime) should pick up a form and return it with a check or cash before June 5th. The board has to act on each application (by-laws)...next board meeting is in October. Have a good summer. Louie Walters

05/11/2018

Hi As visitors slow down at the museum the volunteers engage in projects to enhance it. Mike MacFarlane, our new President, has been installing solar powered security lights and looking for more ways to make the building better. Jose' Castillo is working on a model stage coach and a model buckboard. He is trying to make the details authentic. Louie Walters has been adding touches to the mine model with a Native American looking for red rocks to make "Au auho" [red paint]. Nearby armed with a canon and a sword is Capita'n Asalante Rojo...a stand in along with his companion for the Spaniards who were seeking wealth at "la mina de las platas de Ajo" [the silver mines of Ajo] in the 1750's. [Oh, one translation for "Asalante Rojo" is "Red Raider", which coincidentally is the nickname for the Ajo high school teams."] Each volunteer helps the others with their projects.
The museum will be closed after June 3rd for the summer.

05/04/2018

The Ajo Museum is closing in on 3000 visitors for the season with 2923 as of yesterday. It will stop being opened daily by June 3rd. Too few visitors and too much heat to make it worthwhile for us guides.

Jose' Castillo and Louie Walters honored at the March 28, 2018 Ajo Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as Volunteers of t...
04/05/2018

Jose' Castillo and Louie Walters honored at the March 28, 2018 Ajo Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as Volunteers of the year.

04/01/2018

Over 2600 people have paid the Ajo Museum a visit since opening for the season in October. Best year since 2006-2007.

Jose' Castillo and myself (Louie Walters) were honored last week by being chosen as the volunteers of the year by the Ajo Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet.

Address

160 S Mission Rd [ PO Box778 ]
Ajo, AZ
85321

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(520) 387-7105

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I am interested in finding out more about the teacherage that was built to accommodate teachers for the new Curley School when the town was first built. I know that it housed teachers right after WWI, and that advertising went out all over the country to attract teachers to this remote location, but don't know more.
Are you closed today? We are at the museum but no one is here. Guess we'll have to try again!