Journey Stories Arrives in Florence
Starting November 16 through December 29, 2013, Journey Stories is on display in Florence at the McFarland State Historic Park hosted by Florence Main Street Program. This is a great opportunity for a day trip just an hour outside of Phoenix and Tucson.
Florence will also feature a special exhibition, "Wagon Trains to Highways and Beyond," that showcases stories from local residents. These stories reveal why families came to Florence, what inspired them to stay, and how they traveled for fun or necessity throughout their lives.
In addition to the exhibitions, Florence Community Library is featuring a "Journey Stories themed" film series and speaker series. The schedule can be found by calling 520-868-8311.
Hours for the exhibition at McFarland State Historic Park are as follows: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm and guided tours are available with prior coordination. All events and programs are FREE and open to the public.
Upcoming Journey Stories Tour Dates
January 4, 2014 – February 16, 2014
Cady Hall Hosted by Patagonia Public Library
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Coordinator: Abbie Zeltzer
February 22, 2014 – April 6, 2014
Henry F. Hauser Museum
2950 E. Tacoma St.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Coordinator: Nancy Krieski
Journey Stories Educator Workshops
Free & Open to All Educators
Join leading Arizona history educators as they support you in connecting Arizona history to national history. Using local resources and networks, learn about the power of mobility and technology as it shaped this great state. Then, take what you learn back to the classroom and use it!
About Journey Stories
Journey stories – tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – are a central element of our personal heritage. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything – families and possessions – to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers.
Our transportation history is more than boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom. The Museum on Main Street exhibition Journey Stories will examine the intersection between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move.
The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom. It is accounts of immigrants coming in search of promise in a new country; stories of individuals and families relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road.
The story of the intersection between transportation and American society is complicated, but it tells us much about who we are – people who see our societal mobility as a means for asserting our individual freedom. Journey Stories will use engaging images, alongside audio and artifacts, to tell the stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.
Journey Stories is part of Museums on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museums on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
For more information, contact Whitney Klotz at 602-257-0335 x23 or firstname.lastname@example.org