900 First North Street
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
P O Box 806
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
|Wednesday||10 AM - 1 PM|
|Thursday - Friday||11 AM - 2 PM|
|Sunday - Tuesday||closed|
or by appointment
Admission is free. All donations are appreciated and welcome.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Cindy Emmett, Past Chairperson
Michael Lindner, Chairperson (beginning January 2020.
Rae Lewis, Collections Manager
The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum was established as a museum housed in the town’s former clinic building built by United Verde Copper Company. The clinic was built in 1918 to serve the smelter workers and their families.
Through its collections, public programs and preservation activities, the mission of CHSM is to foster a deep understanding and appreciation of Clarkdale’s and the region’s rich history as well as support economic development and contribute to a higher quality of life for its citizens.
CHSM was established in 2003 and opened its doors in 2008. Its staff is an all volunteer effort to tell the story of the copper smelter and the story of Clarkdale, the first masterplanned company town in Arizona.
Artifacts include UVCC ledgers used in conducting business, providing utilities, building and home maintenance records of rentals occupied by smelter workers and white collar employees. The nearby Clark Memorial Clubhouse is available for tours and rental upon application.
Cataloguing and preserving records and artifacts is time-consuming and costly. Volunteers are always needed to serve as hosts in the museum or at special events or to help with specific projects, such as our annual home tours and our Sentimental Journey big band dances.
A survey was conducted in 1989 of the complete townsite with recognition given to those houses which contributed to the historic district. An additional survey is available which was completed by the Phelps Dodge Corporation upon closure of the mine in Jerome and the smelter in Clarkdale in 1950.
CHSM offers exhibits on the early Native Americans of the area, the copper smelting process, early geologic diagrams, artifacts from the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, early businesses and blueprints. Many docents were born or raised in Clarkdale and attended the Clarkdale schools.
A board of directors governs the activities, finances, operation, volunteers, collections, and all programs offered by CHSM. It meets monthly on the third Wednesday.
Access: Staff Only, Members
Appointment required: No
CHSM issues an annual report in January to its members from the treasurer, secretary, collections manager, and the chairperson. All board meetings are open to the members and non members.
We would appreciate having you join us in this important community effort by becoming a member of the society or by making a contribution to the museum. Membership is available at varying levels, with benefits including discounts on items from our bookstore and the ability to sign out a variety of materials from our reference library.
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