CHSM New Monthly Event
CHSM has created a monthly event we call "First Fridays" "In Their Own Words". This is usually a presentation given by one of our local citizens. We hear stories and share memories, sometimes photos and memorabilia from a guest speaker. Our next presentation will be given by Jane Goddard on February 1, at 10:00 am. Jane is the daughter of Jess Goddard, who was one of Arizona's great cowboys. Her uncle Carl worked at the smelter in Clarkdale and her uncle Don Goddard retired from the Clarkdale Cement Plant in 1988.
On March 1, we will be entertained by our own Dinah Gemmill. Dinah was born and raised in Clarkdale. After college she and her husband Jim came back to live and raise their children here. Now her children are familiar faces in our small community as well as her grandchildren and great grandchild. She has wonderful stories and many memories to share.
We meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for these community events. Admission is free and coffee and cookies will be served. St. Thomas is located at 889 First South in Clarkdale. Help support St. Thomas Episcopal Church by donating non-perishable food items at this event or by leaving food items in the receptacle at the church at your convenience.
Future speakers will be listed here for April, May and June.
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)