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    • An Arizona History Adventure

      Sharlot Hall Museum is an educational and cultural center, which fosters public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social, and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands, and which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections, conservation, exhibits, and related programs. Read More
    • Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

      The Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden is dedicated to those women of Arizona who prepared the way for others. The suggestion that a memorial rose garden be established on the grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum was first made in 1938 by Mrs. Nick Perkins. Read More
    • About Sharlot M. Hall

      "To the mother that bore my body;  to the land that mothered my soul." —dedication from "Cactus and Pine," Sept. 10, 1924 Sharlot Mabridth Hall was an unusual woman for her time: a largely self-educated but highly literate child of the frontier. Born October 27,1870, she traveled with her family from Kansas to the Arizona Territory in 1882. Her impressions of this journey remained with Read More
    • 1864 Governor's Mansion

      In the summer of 1864, workers under Samuel Blair built this log house for the governor's home and office. It is the oldest building associated with Arizona Territory still standing on its original location. Undoubtedly the Mansion escaped demolition because of Sharlot Hall, who founded this Museum in the Governor's Mansion in 1927. Read More
    • 1927 Durant Star Touring Car

      The transportation building was constructed in 1937 and served as an automotive repair shop. It holds the Museum’s vehicle collection, which includes a stagecoach used in Tombstone, Arizona (and held up at least one time), a Conestoga wagon once driven from Yuma, Arizona to Massachusetts, and Sharlot Hall’s personal Durant Star Touring car.
    • The Baskets Keep Talking

      Sharlot Hall Museum holds a magnificent collection of more then 400 Native American baskets; most are over 100 years old. "The Baskets Keep Talking" exhibit relates the Yavapai-Prescott Indian tribe’s history and culture through baskets and the stories they reveal.The displayed collection features examples from 25 Arizona tribes and includes an 800-year-old Anasazi basket in excellent condition. Read More

    Memorial Rose Garden

    Territorial-Rose-GardenThe suggestion that a memorial rose garden be established on the grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum was first made in 1938 by Mrs. Nick Perkins. However, it was not until 1948 that the president of the Prescott Garden Club, Dorothy McMullen, presented her design for the garden to the Historical Society. Members of the Garden Club then began preparing, planting, and caring for the garden. The first memorial rose bushes were planted in March 1948 by the Yavapai Cowbelles.

    In 1974 the garden was removed from its original site south of the Governor's Mansion to its present location on the north side of the Mansion where it can be seen by passers by on Gurley Street.

    Originally, each woman was represented by a rose bush. Today, all are honored, including Sharlot M. Hall, by the entire garden and each woman is remembered in the Rose Garden book and exhibit located in the Main Museum Building. This information is organized alphabetically by last name on the right side of this page.  Additional biographical information may be found in the Rose Garden Collection, family manuscript and photograph collections, and other genealogical sources housed in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library. Presently, more than 400 women have been honored, representing nearly all occupation and ethnic backgrounds.

    If you would like to nominate someone to the Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden...

    • All nominees must have been in Arizona prior to statehood, February 14, 1912.
    • You must provide a brief biography and a photograph (if available) of the honoree.
    • A donation is requested to support the care of the garden and the Rose Garden Collection.
    • Nomination Form (pdf) for the Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

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