The Patagonia Museum met on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:30 am in the Patagonia Public Library. Dwight Thibodeaux, Rio Rico Historian, was our guest speaker. He spoke about Georges Simenon and “The Bottom of the Bottle”. “The Bottom of the Bottle” detailed life on the Baca Float Ranch in 1948. Filmed locally in Patagonia, Rio Rico, Nogales, San Xavier del Bac, and Old Tucson Studios. This may have been the only major motion picture made in Santa Cruz County that was about the people who lived here.
The Patagonia Museum is located in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia, Arizona.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 4pm. October through May. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Other times by request or appointment. Contact: German Quiroga, 520-343-5641
or Bob Ollerton, 520-288-1873
SUMMER HOURS: FRIDAY AND SATURDAYS, 10:30 AM TO 12:30 PM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER.
The Patagonia Museum celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Patagonia Museum will occupy the Patagonia 1914 Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia AZ 85624. The museum will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm, Thursday thru Saturday, beginning on January 28, 2016. Other times by request or appointment.
Please call German Quiroga, 520-343-5641, Bob Ollerton, 520-288-1873 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Patagonia Museum met on Saturday, January 23, 2016, in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School. Elected officers for 2016 are: German Quiroga, President; Bob Ollerton, Vice-President; Mary Jane Pottebaum, Treasurer; Bea Quiroga, Secretary; Ralph Schmitt, Member-at-Large; Bob Bergier, Member-at-Large.
Dr. Michael Brescia, research curator at the Arizona State Museum, delivered another interesting and informative presentation..
“Water Rights and Grazing on the Babocómari Ranch: Legacies of the Gadsden Purchase in Southern Arizona”
Historian Michael Brescia examined the unique features of the land grant that established the Babocómari Ranch under Mexican rule. In addition to grazing and water rights, he explored the property protections afforded under American law to the heirs and successors-in-interest of the original grant. The Babocómari Ranch remains the largest private contiguous ranch in the State of Arizona and dates to late 1820s and early 1830s.
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.
Please join The Patagonia Museum and help preserve and collect the history and culture of eastern Santa Cruz County. For as little as $35 a year you can make a difference. Download our membership application and start supporting our efforts to promote an appreciation and awareness of our local history and culture.
This brochure was produced after the first Earth/ Arizona Trail Day celebration in April 2010 when the first guided walking tour was presented by The Patagonia Museum. This event has developed into EarthFest, celebrated every year around Earth Day.Patagonia Brochure_2015-10-28
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 became a member of the Creative Spirit Artists Gallery in January 1, 2013.
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.
We meet at the ramadas on Beaty and Highway 82.
Please bring water, gloves and appropriate clothing.
Our next cleanup will be on Friday, June 24, 2016, at 5 am. For more information contact German Quiroga: 520-343-5641.