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.

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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.

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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:  Wednesday, April 26,  2017
:  9 am to 2 pm

For further information contact German Quiroga (520-343-5641) or Ralph Schmitt (520-394-0125). Please bring water, lunch, tools (if available) and gloves.

Quilt Show sponsored by the Crossroads Quilters

The Crossroads Quilters of Sonoita, Elgin, and Patagonia hosted 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 featured over 50 award winning quilts and several vintage quilts.  Admission to the quilt show was free.

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


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

September 30, 2016 – Dr. John Langellier, Speaker

Friday, September 30, at 6 pm in the Tin Shed Theater, Patagonia

The Patagonia Museum met for a brief business meeting followed by Dr. John Langellier as our guest speaker. Dr. Langellier spoke on the Buffalo Soldiers and his most current book: “Fighting for Uncle Sam”. Buffalo Soldiers were first posted at Fort Huachuca during the 1890’s and patrolled eastern Santa Cruz County as needed. At the conclusion of the meeting, the movie,” Sergeant Rutledge” was shown.

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.

Special thanks to Abbie Zeltzer, Bill Eifrig, Bob Ollerton and Murphy Musick who made this possible.

View all these editions on: http://thepatagoniamuseum.info/patagonian/