November 6th, 2017 - Board Meeting

posted Nov 6, 2017, 2:36 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

Board meeting 6 PM Tuesday at Ajo Museum. Public is welcomed to sit in. Annual general membership meeting is held in March.

Museum closed this Saturday & for holidays

posted Nov 15, 2016, 2:28 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 2:28 PM ]

The Ajo Museum will be closed on Saturday, November 19, since the volunteer guides will be involved with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Immaculate Conception Parish that day.

The museum will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas.

The Ajo Museum’s normal visiting hours are from noon to 4 p.m. daily from late October until the end of May, though this is contingent on volunteer availability. “If the flag is flying, then someone is there to greet you.”

The museum does not have a set entrance fee but relies heavily upon monetary donations from visitors to meet its ongoing costs. “We are off to a very good start this season with nearly 200 visitors since opening last month,” noted Louie Walters. “Recent guests have included people from Canada and Germany.”

Anyone interested in becoming a guide on a weekly basis should contact Louie Walters or other members of the Ajo Historical Society.

Board Meeting November 8th

posted Nov 7, 2016, 1:25 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 1:26 PM ]

A reminder to all of the Ajo Historical Society members that we have a board meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday November 8th.  Vote early then join us if you can.

2015-2016 Visitor Count & Final Thoughts

posted Jun 12, 2016, 10:29 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 10:30 PM ]

We are finished for the season, had just over 2400 guests sign the visitor register, best turnout in last several years.
While I will open the library and meeting room for those who wish to use the resources in the off season, the rest of the museum will be buttoned down and covered up with plastic drop cloths until re-opening in mid to late October. Lacking a cooling system the building gets pretty warm during the summer. A few days ago it was 90 degrees in the library at 10 AM. Bats have long made their home in the museum and they are relentless with their droppings (however not many insects survive long with the bats on patrol). Fortunately the bats are not very active in the cool tourist months. I welcome any member who wishes to take on the task of ridding the museum of these flying mice. 

Lack of volunteers results in the day to day operation of the museum to be done by just a few. I have only been able to keep it open from noon to 4 PM since becoming your curator and president eight years ago. Formerly more volunteers allowed the museum to be open from 10AM to 4PM. It was common for Bob Hightower, the previous curator, to have annual visitors totals surpass 3000. [Bob and Dee Hightower continue to serve on the board of directors and through their efforts have kept the nearby Ajo mine overlook open for five days a week for this past season.]

I have been compiling a large obituary etc collection of Ajo connected people. It has nearly 3200 obituary articles and additional other items.I would love to have back issues of the Ajo Copper News …especially the years prior to 2006. I will cut out the obituaries and other items of interest. They may be dropped off at my home at 201 W. Morondo Ave., Ajo, AZ, 85321. At my home computer I have a file of over 7000 vital dates of Ajo connected people so if you are doing some family research I may be able to assist with this computer file.

Click here for a slideshow of D Day June 6, 1944. Click on the photos to make it advance. Or look for the advance and back arrows at lower left of program. The last lower left icon is an “end show” button.

As a special email bonus item I have attached a recent photo of John C Greenway’s 1924 Studebaker. It was a wedding present from the Carnegies. It was at the Greenway mansion for many years in storage until his son Jack Greenway removed it in about 1954 following the death of Isabella Greenway. It has re-emerged and is being prepared for public display in the Tucson area. A researcher, Tom Peterson, sent the photo and provided the above details.

Have a good summer.

Louie Walters 
President Ajo Historical Society

Museum Closing for the Summer

posted May 17, 2016, 8:08 AM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated May 17, 2016, 8:08 AM ]

The Ajo Museum will be closing for the season after Memorial Day weekend. It was a good year for visits and volunteers are working to increase the collection of yearbooks.

Nearly 2400 visitors signed the guestbook this year, making it the best turnout of the past several years. While the Pacific coast and western Canada provide the most out of state tourists I am constantly surprised at the variety of Mexican, European and Asian guests who find their way to Ajo and its museum.

Many area residents are not aware that the museum has a library with a growing collection of Ajo High School annuals. It has a copy of the first one published in 1937 and many others. We are seeking the following years to complete its set: 1969, ’83, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’88, ’90, ’92, ’94, ’99 and 2002. The library has over 4000 obituaries and other articles that may interest family genealogists. Back issues of the Ajo Copper News prior to 2004 are also gratefully accepted as a resource, he said. Yearbooks and newspapers can be taken to the museum or sent to the Ajo Historical Society, P.O. Box 778, Ajo, AZ 85321.

There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the museum.

With a few weeks left, the Ajo Museum hopes to crack the 2400 mark. If you have not seen the improvements made by Rick Shumway and Mike MacFarlane, now is your chance.

Ajo Historical Society Notes

posted May 2, 2016, 11:06 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated May 2, 2016, 11:06 PM ]

Dear friends and Ajo Historical Society members,
We are going to try to keep the Ajo Museum open until the end of May. There will be a board meeting and the annual audit of the Ajo Historical Society on Tuesday, June 7th at 6pm at the Ajo Museum. Both events will be open to all.

If you have any old issues of the Ajo Copper News, especially those of the 1970’s and late 1960’s, the Ajo Museum can use them for its library and research. Duplicates may be used to cut out articles of interest.

We have 80% of the Ajo High School annuals dating back to 1937. Missing volumes include 1969, most of the 1980’s and 2002. If you wish to donate an annual to the museum’s library please contact me. I will double check to see if we have it or if it will help complete the collection. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to me.
The museum library has over 3000 obituaries, copies of death certificates, photos and other items pertaining to those people who in some way were connected to Ajo and the surrounding area. Those interested in family research etc will find it a treasure trove of data. The museum does not have a copier but many visitors using the research material have found that their cameras provide a convenient way of recording information. I have a large file of vital birth and death dates here on my home computer of Ajo connected people. It is very easy for me to pull up that data and transmit it by email. I would be happy to help out Ajo Historical Society members in this way.
Hoping that you will pay your museum a visit before the end of the season. I anticipate that it will be open again in late October.
Sincerely yours,
G Louie Walters, President Ajo Historical Society & volunteer curator Ajo Museum

March 8, 2016 General Meeting Agenda

posted Mar 6, 2016, 8:27 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 8:27 PM ]

“The general purpose of the corporation shall be to procure, preserve and exhibit material and artifacts pertaining to the history of Ajo, State of Arizona, and its people; to provide facilities for the maintenance, operation and exhibition of historical articles; to honor the memory of those persons who helped shape the history and destiny of Ajo and to promote an appreciation of such.”  Paragraph III, Articles of Incorporation of Ajo Historical Society, March 14, 1975.  Published in Ajo Copper News May 15, 1975.

Ajo Historical Society General Meeting Agenda 

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call of officers. 
  3. Reading of the minutes of the last General Meeting of March 10, 2015
  4. Letters and communications of Secretary…Paulette Walters
  5. Treasurer’s report…Dee Hightower
  6. Officer’s reports
    1. President report of past year to current…questions
    2. Other officers reports…questions
  7. Old Business
    1. Other
  8. New Business
    1. Other
    2. Nomination & Election of three board members to serve three year term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019.
      current board members:
      2014 – 2016   Jose’ Castillo, Mike MacFarlane, Mike Mason
      2015 – 2017   Bob Hightower, Dee Hightower, Tom Reese
      2016 – 2018   Lito Castillo, Paulette Walters, Louie Walters
    3. Motion to destroy ballots from 2015 election (moot).
  9. Time/Date for Next General Meeting   March 14, 2017 at ______PM
  10. Announcements:
    Email and/or current mailing addresses needed by Secretary.
    oard meeting to follow after short break.
  11. Adjournment

Museum opened for the season!

posted Nov 23, 2015, 8:15 AM by Patrick M Walters

The Ajo Museum is open for the winter visitors season. Curator Louie Walters says that while the museum is open most days from noon to 4 p.m., it will be closed for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. An all-volunteer operation, the docents have welcomed over one hundred visitors this past month including a Russian and an English couple. While there is no set entrance fee, Walters said donations to offset the ongoing costs are welcome. The repair work necessitated by last year’s storms has been nearly completed by Rick Shumway, Mike MacFarlane and others, according to Walters. “If you have not been at the museum for a while you will be pleasantly surprised at the improvements” he said.

The museum is located within old Saint Catherine’s Indian Mission a quarter mile to the west of the mine overlook.

January 20, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

posted Jan 20, 2015, 8:10 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 8:10 PM ]


December 9, 2014 Emergency Board Meeting

posted Jan 20, 2015, 8:09 PM by Patrick M Walters   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 8:09 PM ]

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

Roll call: present – Dee & Bob Hightower, Jose Castillo, Lito Castillo, Mike Mason, Tom Reese & Louie & Paulette Walters; absent - Andy Kearney.

President Louie reported that the sheetrock was up, taped, & textured.

A new Change Order #1 which was updated to become Change Order #3 received asking for $500.00 for re-wiring. Discussion. Bob made a motion to refuse Change Order #3; seconded by Tom; motion passed by show of hands voting yes – Dee, Bob, Tom, Mike, Paulette; no – Louie.

Change Order #2 requesting $2,338.39 for extra materials received. Discussion. Jose made a motion that the building committee (Jose & Mike) contact Mr. Yanez to ask him to attend a board meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the museum re Change Order #2; seconded by Tom; motion passed unanimously.

Bob made a motion to put a small Christmas ad and also a thank you ad for the roofing donations in the Ajo Copper News; seconded by Lito; motion passed. Dee will put in the ad.

Wayne Madewell is a new volunteer guide at museum on Fridays.

Bob made a motion to accept Lynn & Clair Schraeder as new members; seconded by Jose; motion passed. The Schraeder’s paid dues for one year.

Next regular board meeting is on Tuesday January 20, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Bob made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Mike; motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Paulette Walters, Secretary

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