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.
We meet at the ramadas on Beaty Lane and Highway 82.
Please bring water, gloves and appropriate clothing.
Our next cleanup will be in December. Exact day and time to be determined. For more information contact German Quiroga: 520-343-5641.
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.
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: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 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.
Friday,September 30, at 6 pm in the Tin Shed Theater, Patagonia
Join us for a brief business meeting followed by Dr. John Langellier as our guest speaker. Dr. Langellier will speak on the Buffalo Soldiers and his most current book: “Fighting for Uncle Sam”. Buffalo Soldiers were posted at Fort Huachuca during the 1890’s and patrolled eastern Santa Cruz County as needed. At the conclusion of our meeting, the movie,” Sergeant Rutledge”, will be shown. Refreshments will be offered.
The Patagonia Museum is located in the 1914 Patagonia Grammar School, 100 School Street, Patagonia, Arizona.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: