April 26th – Workday at the Lochiel Schoolhouse

The Patagonia Museum will host a workday at the Lochiel Schoolhouse on Wednesday, April 26 from 9 – 2.

A quick update on our progress: The new chalkboards have been installed, thanks to Ralph Schmitt and Dick Volz. Dave Tuggle removed several courses from the brick wall in front of the schoolhouse. We are continuing to work on the conversion of the teacherage to a visitor center.

If you can give us a hand, please bring water, lunch and gloves. We hope to see you in Lochiel.

The Lochiel School House

Quilt Show sponsored by the Crossroads Quilters

The Crossroads Quilters of Sonoita, Elgin, and Patagonia are hosting a quilt show on Saturday, April 22  from 12 noon to 4 pm and Sunday, April 23 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Patagonia Museum.

The show will feature over 50 award winning quilts and several vintage quilts.  Admission to the quilt show is free.

The quilt show is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Patagonia Library who are hosting a fundraising brunch at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 22 at Cady Hall in Patagonia.

Tickets are $35 and the proceeds will go towards library technology upgrades. The brunch speaker is Nancy Landon of Tucson’s Cactus Quilt Shop. For more information about the brunch call 520-394-2010

Our Next Meeting

Join us for a brief business meeting on Friday, April 21. at 3pm in the Patagonia Public Library.

Our guest speaker is Bernard G. Siquieros, an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Curator of Education at Himdag Ki: Hiking, Hemu, Im B I-Ha’ap, the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Cultural Center and Museum. Mr. Siquieros has served as counselor, researcher, program coordinator, and education administrator in education entities on and off the Tohono O’odham Nation. He is an avid photographer and has contributed immensely to the tribe’s photo documentation efforts at Himdag Ki.

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The Patagonia Museum Hours

The Patagonia Museum is located in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia, Arizona.

Museum Hours:

October through May: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 2 pm to 4 pm

June through September: Friday and Saturday – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Other times by request or appointment. Contact: German Quiroga, 520-343-5641 

or Bob Ollerton, 520-288-1873 or info@thepatagoniamuseum.org


The Patagonia 1914 Grammar School was the longest continuously utilized elementary school facility in Arizona in 2014. Now the home of The Patagonia Museum.

When it closed in 2014, the Patagonia 1914 Grammar School was the longest continuously utilized elementary school facility in the state of Arizona.

February 11, 2017 Presentation

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

Patagonia Public Library

Following Father Kino’s Footsteps in the Sonoita Valley

 Sobaipuri-O’odham Arrow Point

Sobaipuri-O’odham Arrow Point

Early O'odham Ware

Early O’odham Ware


Anthropologist Dr.Deni Seymour discussed the early Patagonia people (Sobaipuri-O’odham) circa 1690 – 1770 .

The Sonoita Valley has a rich past spanning the prehistoric era into the historic. The valley’s character has been shaped by human-environment interactions. This talk focuses on the early historic period from the time of Father Kino in the 1690s up through the late 1700s when the Europeans first encountered the Sobaipuri-O’odham and when this interaction had its greatest impact. The Sobaipuri-O’odham settlement of Sonoita played a key role in the area through time and were central in the area’s history.

Dr. Deni Seymour is an internationally recognized authority on protohistoric and historic Native American and Spanish colonial archaeology and ethnohistory. For 30 years she has studied the ancestral Apache, Sobaipuri-O’odham, and lesser-known mobile groups (Jano, Jocome, Manso, Suma, and Jumano) who were present at the same time. She has excavated two Spanish-period presidios (Santa Cruz de Terrenate and Tubac), numerous Kino-period mission sites, and several indigenous sites of the period. She works with indigenous groups in reconnecting with their heritage, tackles Coronado and Niza expedition archaeology, and is rewriting the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period southern Southwest. She has published extensively on these groups and this period, with more than 80 publications in refereed journals, edited volumes, and popular venues, and has served as guest editor for journals. She has also authored six books.

She received her doctorate and MA degrees in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1990 and her BAs with honors in both Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980. She has taught, was employed by a number of state and federal agencies, and has worked for a number of cultural resource management firms, including one she founded and directed. Now she is a full-time research archaeologist affiliated with two academic institutions and the nonprofit research group Jornada Research Institute and she serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations.

2017 Annual Meeting


The Patagonia Museum Annual Meeting was held in the Patagonia Public Library on January 21, 2017. Officers selected for 2017 were: German Quiroga, President; Bob Ollerton, Vice-President; Maureen DeLaOssa, Secretary; Mary Jane Pottebaum, Treasurer; Bob Bergier and Ralph Schmitt, Members-at-Large.

Doug Kupel, our guest speaker , noted that the schoolhouses under our care as well as the historic built environment in Patagonia could be eligible for National Register of Historic Site recognition.Patagonia Jewel of the Sonoita Valley

O’Odham Rancherias

O'odham Rancherias

O’odham Rancherias from the 1600’s. The O’odham people inhabited a large area of desert, foothills and river valleys south from the Gila River (in Arizona), east to the Rio Sonora , west to the Colorado River and south into Sonora, Mexico. This map displays the seasonal villages occupied by the O’odham early during the Spanish migration in our area of interest. Sonoitac (where the corn grows) is the current location of the Native Seed Search Conservation Farm in Patagonia. This map was reprinted courtesy of the University of Arizona Press from Dr. Thomas Sheridan’s Landscapes of Fraud.

Museum Docent Schedule

The Patagonia Museum relies on our volunteers. The link below is our current schedule. If you are interested in being a docent at our museum, please, contact me. The opportunity requires about 2 and one half hours of your time.

German Quiroga……..The Patagonia Museum President……info@thepatagoniamuseum.org…520-343-5641

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The Patagonia Museum Membership Application


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 ( $5 if you are a student) 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.

You may also join or renew through our “Donate Now” button on this page. Please allow Just Give to send us your name, email and mailing address to confirm your membership.


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

We meet at the ramadas on Beaty Lane and Highway 82.

Please bring water, gloves and appropriate clothing.

Our next cleanup will be on June 23 at 7 am. For more information contact German Quiroga: 520-343-5641.

Crying Indian Photo

The museum mile is one of the more picturesque areas on Highway 82. Bordering the Nature Conservancy and the Patagonia Cemetery, the road leads our volunteers on a historic route through what was once the eastern section of the San Jose de Sonoita Land Grant. Usually, we fill two to three bags full of litter. One bag is usually recyclable, with cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic water bottles collected.