Our Next Meeting: December 5, 2015

Join us on Saturday, December 5, at 10:30 am in the Patagonia Public Library for The Patagonia Museum meeting. Historian and author Dr. John Langellier will be our guest speaker. His topic will include the Indian Scouts and General Crook in the Arizona territory.

Apache scouts Alchesay, who would earn the Medal of Honor (right) and Dutchy (left) flank General George Crook, who championed the deployment of Indian scouts. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

Apache scouts Alchesay, who would earn the Medal of Honor (right) and Dutchy (left) flank General George Crook, who championed the deployment of Indian scouts. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

Rio Sonora Bus Tour

The Patagonia Museum hosted a guided bus tour to the Rio Sonora on November 15 thru November 17, 2015. The cost was $495 per person (double occupancy) which included transportation, lodging and meals (with gratuities). We departed from Patagonia on Sunday, November 15 at 8am. We visited historic and significant sites along the way. We spent two nights in Banamichi staying at La Posada del Rio Sonora. We returned to Patagonia on Tuesday afternoon, November 17. Visit our Facebook Page for more Photos from our trip.

These images from our March trip were provided courtesy of photojournalist, Lynn Davison.

El Rio Sonora

La Posada in Banamichi

Banamichi Church at dusk

Oral Histories

Final TPM Oral Histories 12 (2)                        From 2009 and 2012, The Patagonia Museum collected oral histories from members of the community. Twelve of them  are transcribed here: Cynthia Morriss, Donnie Martin, Elena Quiroga, George Proctor, Jeanette Swyers, Lucy Mihalik, Lydia Dojaquez, Michael Cervantes, Ramon S. Quiroga, Carmen Soto, Paul Mihalik and Jesus Lopez. To see the oral histories of Doug Thaemert and Guillermo Matus with Mike Yourgules go to the online Arizona Memory Project.

Santa Cruz Patagonian Newspaper

The Santa Cruz Patagonian Newspaper was first published in Patagonia on December 1912. The Patagonia Museum, the Patagonia Library and the Friends of the Patagonia Library have partnered to reformat copies of this local newspaper on electronic media. The total collection purchased from the Arizona Library State Archives includes 693 editions of this newspaper from 1915 to 1929.    View all these editions on:

The Patagonia Museum in the Creative Spirit Artists Gallery


The Patagonia Museum became a member of the Creative Spirit Artists Gallery in January 1, 2013.

The Patagonia Museum’s space at the Gallery

Our merchandise space is located in the rear area of the gallery, 317 Mc Keown Avenue, Patagonia.

The Patagonia Museum and Lochiel Schoolhouse t-shirts are available for purchase.

Several books detailing the history of the Patagonia area are also available for purchase, including

Tom and Joan Woods’ “The Other Side of the Mountain”  details the history of Tom and Gertrude Gardner in the  1800’s.

Net profits from our sales support our mission and goals.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.



The Patagonia Museum conducts litter cleanups on Highway 82, between Mileposts 18 and 19, on a quarterly basis.

We meet at the ramadas on Beaty and Highway 82.

Please bring water, gloves and appropriate clothing.

Our next cleanup will be on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4 pm. For more information contact German Quiroga: 520-343-5641.

Join us for an enjoyable work day!

Lochiel, Arizona – One Room School House

Built before 1905 of adobe and used extensively as a schoolhouse through the 1970’s, the property, owned by the Patagonia School District, became a site for vandals and litterbugs as recently as 2009. In 2010 The Patagonia Museum leased the schoolhouse property from the Patagonia School District for the purpose of preserving this historic site for future generations to be utilized as a historic and educational facility for our students and community. The work continues today with the help of dozens of volunteers and financial and in-kind support from individuals and groups including: the Patagonia Regional Community Foundation, Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, Tucson Glass and Mirror and the San Rafael Valley Association. Volunteer and architect Brian McCarthy has provided The Patagonia Museum with an architectural drawing of the schoolhouse. Architectural Drawing of Schoolhouse

The Patagonia Museum usually hosts a workday on the last Saturday of the month except for the months of November and December when a Saturday in early December is dedicated to the workday. Everyone with an interest in this endeavor is welcome. To read a recent article about our work go to: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/volunteers-renovate-one-room-lochiel-schoolhouse/article_cafe9ec5-02e4-5cfe-8109-20704f58092b.html

A Project of The Patagonia Museum

Help preserve our local history. Join us for an enjoyable work day!

Date:  Saturday, December 12, 2015
:  9 am to 2 pm

For further information contact German Quiroga (520-343-5641) or Ralph Schmitt (520-394-2732). Please bring water, lunch, tools (if available) and gloves.