2017 Annual Meeting

The Patagonia Museum Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

Patagonia Public Library


Election of Museum Officers for 2017

Museum, Schoolhouse and Event Updates

Guest Speaker: Doug Kupel

Author of “Patagonia: Jewel of the Sonoita Valley”


Doug Kupel is the Deputy Director for Glendale Water Services, where he manages environmental resources for both the City as a whole and the water department.  The University of Arizona Press published his book Fuel for Growth:  Water and Arizona’s Urban Environment in 2003.         He received his doctoral degree from Arizona State University where he completed his dissertation on urban water history in Phoenix.  Dr. Kupel received a master’s degree from the University of Arizona where he wrote his thesis on the water history of the Tucson area.


Dr. Kupel has conducted extensive research in the area of water history, specializing in Indian water rights and municipal use.  He is the author of several reports on the water history of Arizona Indian tribes and municipalities.  His writings have been published in the academic press, including the Journal of Arizona History, the Mining History Journal, the Public Historian, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Western Legal History. Dr. Kupel is an educator.  He was certified as an instructor in history and anthropology by the State Board of Directors of Community Colleges in Arizona.  Dr. Kupel has taught courses at Arizona State University, ASU West, ASU Downtown, Phoenix College, Grand Canyon University, and Gateway Community College.


The Patagonia Museum. PO Box 919, Patagonia AZ  85624     www.thepatagoniamusaeum.orgPatagonia Jewel of the Sonoita Valley

Banamichi Bus Tour March 7-9, 2017

The Patagonia Museum is proud to offer our third bus tour to Banamichi, Sonora. Our scholar on board will be Rebecca Orozco, a history and anthropology instructor at Cochise College and the University of Arizona. Photojournalist Bill Steen, co-operator of The Canelo Project, will be our local guide who will coordinate our tour along the Rio Sonora. The Ronstadt Generations trio will provide the musical entertainment on our trip. Cost is $550 for museum members and $600 for non-members. The price includes all meals, meal gratuities, transportation and double-occupancy lodging.

For more information contact German Quiroga, 520-343-5641, info@thepatagoniamuseum.org



La Posada in Banamichi

La Posada in Banamichi

Banamichi Church at dusk

Banamichi Church at dusk

El Rio Sonora

El Rio Sonora

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, once every two months or so.

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


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.


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 March 23 at 3 pm. 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.

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  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:  Thursday, January 26,  2017
:  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.

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.

In 2014 the Patagonia 1914 Grammar School was the longest continuously utilized elementary school facility in the state of Arizona.

The Patagonia Museum Grand Opening

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 info@thepatagoniamuseum.org for more information.

Arizona Rangers and Congressman Grijalva

Arizona Rangers and Congressman Grijalva

Grand Opening Ceremony

Grand Opening Ceremony

2016 Annual Meeting

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”

Babocomari Ranch

Babocomari Ranch


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.