The Fred Harvey and Santa Fe Railway companies vigorously promoted tourism to the Southwest through Harvey’s grand hotels along the Santa Fe line. Winslow’s proximity to natural and cultural sites made it an ideal tourism destination, and so La Posada opened there in 1930. After the hotel closed in 1957, the building served as Santa Fe offices while local volunteers secured a National Register listing and grant funds to save it. A group of friends from southern California completed the process and reopened La Posada in 1997. Through historic and contemporary images, this presentation explores the hotel’s heyday, dormancy, and rehabilitation.
Ann-Mary Lutzick has been the director of Winslow’s Old Trails Museum since 2010, and she also serves on the board of the Museum Association of Arizona. She worked for the Arizona Humanities Council from 1999 to 2011, coordinating their grants and Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Lutzick earned her M.A. in public history from Arizona State University, her B.A. in history from the University of Virginia, and her professional certificate from Arizona State University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She lives with her husband and pets in Snowdrift Art Space, their home, studio, and gallery on Historic Route 66 in downtown Winslow.