Originally Published: June 11, 2017 6 a.m.
Almost nine decades ago, a remarkable woman named Sharlot welcomed her first guests to the old Governor’s Mansion Museum, a short distance from the Prescott courthouse plaza.
To celebrate that “first” opening, admission to the Sharlot Hall Museum will be FREE on Monday, June 12. Prescott-area residents are encouraged to revisit the museum and its grounds — a park-like setting that abounds with history.
In June 1928, Miss Hall had inspired community leaders to support “saving” the historic log building that had served as home and office of Arizona Territory’s first governor. So much history. It should be saved and restored.
As the first woman to hold public office in the Territory, Sharlot Hall — a writer, poet and historian who had collected artifacts from Prescott’s founding and earliest times — opened for exhibition the mansion’s doors for the first time.
She dedicated the rest of her life to preserve the mansion and present the area’s history. The museum that now bears her name has become a four-acre campus and historic site showcasing the heritage of Central Arizona. The Governor’s Mansion has become the centerpiece of the site that includes other historic buildings, exhibits and displays.
In honoring its opening, the City of Prescott proclaimed June 11 as “Sharlot Hall Museum Day” in recognizing it “as a local and state treasure, and encourage Arizonans to continue learning about Arizona’s rich history.”
“We’ve chosen Monday, June 12, to celebrate the 89th anniversary of that opening by waiving admission fees for the day,” explains Fred Veil, executive director for the museum.
“Why Monday? ... to allow local residents and visitors adequate time to fully appreciate all that the museum offers,” said Veil, noting that hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12, instead of the four-hour window of Sunday, June 11.
Considered the “Crown Jewel of Northern Arizona,” the museum is located two blocks west of the Prescott courthouse plaza at 415 W. Gurley St.
Information from Sharlot Hall Museum