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Journey Stories - Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions

Journey Stories Arrives in Patagonia

Starting January 4 through February 16, 2014 Journey Stories is on display in Patagonia at Cady Hall hosted by the Patagonia Public Library.

Patagonia will also feature a special exhibition, "A Woven Journey," that showcases the threads of water, people, and progress in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.

In addition to the exhibitions, Patagonia Public Library also offers many programs and events including Cowboy Family Fun Day, a performance by Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, and Patagonia Museum Day. The schedule can be found by calling 520-394-2010.

Hours for the exhibition at Cady Hall are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:00 5:00pm, Tuesday, 10:00am 5:00pm, and Saturday, 12:00 6:00pm. Guided tours are available with prior coordination. All events and programs are FREE and open to the public.

Click here to learn more about all the Journey Stories special events and programs in Patagonia!

Upcoming Journey Stories Tour Dates

January 4, 2014 February 16, 2014
Cady Hall Hosted by Patagonia Public Library
346 Duquesne
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!

Click here for more information and to register.


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

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