Cave Creek – The Cave Creek Museum will open for the 2021-2022 season on October 1.
The new season is filled with première exhibits, newly acquired collections and educational special events for all ages.
The exhibits include a Meal of Rock that looks good enough to eat and an ancient, never before seen artifact collection showcasing the Cave Creek area’s prehistoric history debuts in the Archeology Wing. Novel projections in the museum’s History Wing bring history to life for the first time. In addition, the museum will debut the area’s Desert Defender, who brought environmental activism to the foothills area; a weekly column to the Foothills Sentential; and poetry to Cave Creek as the first poet laureate.
Programing includes an evening with the ghost hunters of Cave Creek; literary evenings with popular local authors; entertainment by the Desert Foothills Theater; children’s interactive programing; and the arrival of Southwest Santa.
The museum’s fine art collection, which depicts the legacy of Cave Creek’s Southwest Fine Arts heritage, will make an appearance, for the first time in years, in the main atrium of the Cave Creek Museum.
Other one-of-a-kind exhibits include a discovery trip through the newly remodeled museum store, where inspirational and educational gifts can be found. And, some of the museum’s most popular exhibits will again open including the Tubercular Cabin; the first Cave Creek church; and Arizona’s only fully operational ten-stamp ore crushing mill. Guests can watch the ten 1,000-pound stamps slam down in synchronized precision, and hear the pounding echo against the desert foothills, just as it did 100 years ago (see website for details).
Cave Creek’s new website, cavecreekmuseum.org, features events, programs, special tours and stories from the characters and objects that made the Cave Creek Mining District what it is today. The 2021-2022 season, October 1, 2021-May 31, 2022, promises family and friends an adventure through time and continuous discovery.
The 51-year-old museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz. Open October through May. The museum can be reached at 480488.2764 or cavecreekmuseum.org. Where History Comes Alive.
Museum plans Family Days
The Cave Creek Museum will proudly showcase Kiwanis Family Days, on October 10, 2021 from 2-4 pm.
The Cave Creek Museum will be host to the event and the Arizona Science Center for a family-friendly afternoon featuring the theme “SuperheroScience.” During the fun-filled program, children will become real-life superheroes as they explore how superheroes use their powers and learn the science behind several such popular superpowers as freeze rays, shrinking
abilities and even lighting discharge.
The event will feature two sessions, the first at 2:00-2:45 pm and the second 3:00-3:45 pm. The program is free thanks to the generosity of Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Limited to 100 persons per session. Please check the museum website at cavecreekmuseum.org early to reserve a space for one of the two sessions.
The 51-year-old museum preserves the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz. Open October through May. The museum can be reached at 480488.2764 or cavecreekmuseum.org. Where History Comes Alive.
Demonstration planned for October 9
The Cave Creek Museum will offer demonstrations of its stamp mill on October 9 from 11:30 -1:30 pm.
Evelyn Johnson, interim executive director, says the museum will start up its incredible stamp mill, water tower, mineral panning, blacksmithing and more that Saturday.
“Cave Creek Museum is proud to feature Arizona mining history,” says Johnson. “Our historic stamp mill and tramway is from the Golden Reef Mine on Continental Mountain and is the only one in Arizona within five miles of its original site. We want people to come and experience how gold mining was done.”
The stamp mill will be operated on the second Saturday of each month during the museum’s 2021-22 season.