CHSM 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 First Friday event, “In Their Own Words”, will take place Friday, April 5, at 10:00 am, at the Yavapai-Apache Learning Center In Clarkdale. Speaker, Larry Jackson, will share his stories growing up as a Native American in Clarkdale. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the YAN Tribal Council. Please plan to attend! Coffee and cookies will be available.
Another event coming your way is CHSM’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 30, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 10:00 am. This is an opportunity for all members and non-members alike to get together to show your commitment and to learn more about our organization. A very special part of our meeting will be the debut of our Strategic Plan which is a five year plan. A team of 8 has been working hard to assess our weaknesses and strengths, set priorities, and focus energy and resources to ensure our stakeholders that we share common goals. Marshall Whitmire, a professional consultant, was hired to guide our work to a professional plan. We are anxious to share the result with you. The planning team will be available for questions and clarification of what the Strategic Plan means to you as a supporter of CHSM. This is a very important step towards the growth we predict will happen during the next 5 years.
Mark your calendars for the Tenth Annual Clarkdale Historic Building and Home Tour on Saturday, April 13, from 9-5. Tickets are $20 available online through PayPal or onsite the day of the event. Please check out the VIP tickets for $35 which include the tour and special seating for the Bank Robbery Re-enactment with an adult beverage voucher at the 10-12 Lounge (to be redeemed April 13 only). This day of activities is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please invite your friends and family for full day of history!
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)