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Plenty of cool free events planned for museum’s month-long 50th anniversary celebration

 

MOHAVE COUNTY – The Mohave Museum of History and Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month and the museum is where you will want to be the next three Saturdays and the last Friday of April.

The entry fees will be waived April 7, April 14, April 21 – all Saturdays – and Friday, April 27, the actual date of the anniversary. Also, all gift shop purchases will come with a 10 percent discount.

 

According to Mohave County Museum board member Mert Glancy, the Hualapai Tribe has put in a special exhibit to mark the occasion.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Jeff McMichael will give a speech on Mohave County history. He has the pedigree to do so. Glancy said McMichael’s father built the building now housing Beale Celebrations and the building now housing the Kingman Fire Department’s administrative offices on Oak Street and “all kinds of other buildings,” said Glancy. “He also manufactured the blocks (used in construction).”

Noted author and Route 66 historian Jim Hinckley will speak at 2 p.m. on April 14 and the following week, April 21, board members will be stationed at various exhibits in which they have expertise to interact with visitors. State Mine Inspector Joe Hart, for example, will spend the day in the museum’s mining section. Tours will be available on April 21, as well.

Emotions might run a little strong on April 27 when a number of former museum directors will be in attendance, including Roy Purcell, the first director, who had a special relationship with the Hualapai Tribe, said Mert. Members of the Croziers, a pioneering Kingman family, also will speak, and there will be native artwork, weaving and foods available.

Dancers from the tribe will perform that day and Purcell will return a basket to the tribe that a member gave him as a gift decades ago. The museum a couple of years ago returned several native baskets to the tribe so they can be displayed at the Hualapai Cultural Center.

Pick a Brick

The museum has teamed up with the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers to sell memorial bricks that will be placed in front of the museum. Orders will be taken and the bricks cost $50. The profit will be split between the two entities, with the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers using its share to help fund the group’s annual scholarships program and the museum will use its share to subsidize operating costs, said Glancy.

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