CHSM is 10 years old! Wow...can you believe it? We think a celebration is in order and we hope you will come help us share ten years of preserving Clarkdale’s unique history! On July 4, 2008, we opened the doors of the Clarkdale Heritage Center in the former Department of Motor Vehicles Building. The building had undergone $50,000-$60,000 renovation to create a museum staffed by Clarkdale citizens and volunteers. Thanks to the town of Clarkdale, led by Pat Williams, they applied for a grant from the state of Arizona Department of Tourism. Governor Janet Napolitano, in person, presented the check to the group. Since then our name has changed and we want to tell you more since our adventure began!
So we invite you to the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:00 to 3:00 to take a look at some of our treasures from the archives, to hear oral histories, to view a power point presentation at 11:00, find out about “First Fridays at the Museum” schedule for fall, special upcoming volunteer opportunities, and the Tenth Annual Historic Building and Home Tour and Bank Robbery Re-enactment on April 13, 2019. We also have two new faces on our CHSM Board of Directors: Rae Ann Pellegatti and Michelle Dermo (our new treasurer). Stop by and introduce yourself to them!
One table will be reserved for your special Clarkdale memories and personal donations you would like us to have. All Clarkdale memorabilia is needed. Family photographs are especially welcome—our policy is to scan photograps and return them to you safely. One of our archivists will be at this table to accept your items and complete the appropriate paperwork.
So mark this day on your fall calendar to see what we’ve been up to for the past ten years. Bring your friends and neighbors too!
All items are available for study and research. The museum is a great place to donate personal family paper items that people might consider irrelevant but that actually shed a great deal of light on the growth and development of Clarkdale. Archives are permanently valuable records, such as letters, reports, accounts, manuscripts, and other records that provide information about people and places.
Senator William Andrews Clark—copper magnate, railroad baron, and one of the richest men of the Gilded Age—bought the United Verde Copper Company mine in Jerome in 1888. When he decided to move his smelter further downhill in 1912, he planned and built Clarkdale to house his workers. Arizona's first company town, it included residences, a business district, a hospital, schools, and a town park. The town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is housed in the old clinic building, designed by Los Angeles architect Arthur R. Kelly and constructed during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The clinic dispensed medicine and treated minor injuries of the smelter workers and their families on a 24-hour basis. The clinic closed in the early 1950s, and when the town incorporated in 1957, the building became town offices. A jail was constructed in the boiler room while the police department occupied the basement. In the early 1980s, the Clark Memorial Library moved into the building, which later housed the Department of Motor Vehicles. The renovated building was formally opened as the Clarkdale Museum in 2008.
Sun - CLOSED
Mon - CLOSED
Tue - CLOSED
Wed - 10am - 1pm
Thu - 11am - 2pm
Fri - 11am - 2pm
Sat - 11am - 2pm
(or by appointment)