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Hours on Satuday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hours on Sunday 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
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The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation’s mission is
To preserve and promote the Prescott area’s western heritage through education, events, art, music, and projects that enhance its western lifestyle, making Prescott and Yavapai County unique and desirable places to live & visit
If you have been asking “Where in the Sam Hill is the most comprehensive and unique showcase of Prescott and Yavapai County history, heritage, and culture?” Well just enter the Western Heritage Center located in the historic Sam Hill Hardware Co. building at 156 C South Montezuma Street. Originally founded in 1877, the great fire of 1900 destroyed the original building but was rebuilt and by 1903 soon became the region’s largest hardware supplier.
The Western Heritage Center opened on May 16, 2019 to one of the largest Chamber of Commerce sponsored grand opening celebrations in Prescott’s history. Since then, the Center has seen tens of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and 55 countries, even with the Covid 19 Pandemic shuttering the doors for a total of eight months during the past two years. Although the last two years were difficult for most businesses, the Center survived primarily due to the continued generous support of the community. In addition, the Center was only open 14 of the last 17 months, and we still welcomed over 40,000 visitors.
When you enter the Center at 156 C South Montezuma (historic Whiskey Row), you will have an opportunity to see more than 25 unique exhibits that cannot be seen anywhere else.
Some interesting facts about the Western Heritage Center and why it is unlike any other facility in the United States.
- The Center is open at no charge to everyone. Our goal is to offer our visitors an educational experience focusing on the history and heritage of Prescott & Yavapai County.
- The Center is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We have no paid staff.
- The Center is a “Showcase” of multiple museums, other organizations, and private collections that provide the remarkable history & heritage of Prescott & Yavapai County.
- Our Foundation awards scholarships each year to students that have a passion for, and the talent to help preserve our heritage through western art, music, literature, craft, trade, ranching, rodeo, or associated studies. Since 2013, we have awarded 15 scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each.
- Prior to the COVID 19 closures, the Center had initiated tours for 3rd and 4th grade classes to provide and educational experience revolving around our history & heritage in Yavapai County. Now that the pandemic is hopefully coming to an end, we will once again begin offering student tours of the Center. The students will learn about some Yavapai County history that is not offered anywhere else.
- We do not charge museums or other organizations for the highly prized exhibit space on historic Whiskey Row, although a few of the exhibitors donate some funds each year to help the Center.
- We ask the museums and other organizations to periodically update the items they have on display to keep the exhibits fresh.
- Other exhibits are a mixture of loaned items and items that have been donated to the Center.
- We only accept items for exhibits that can be displayed soon after the donation or loan is documented. The Center does not have a facility to store exhibits, memorabilia, or artifacts.
- We are funded by our great local supporters through donations at the door, sales at the mercantile, sponsorships for our annual Western Heritage Banquet, other major donors, and a few grants. We receive no funding from the City, County, or State.
- In addition, the Western Heritage Center has many fundraising events scheduled for the Heritage Stage, ranging from informative talks on Arizona history, to musical events, and other forms of entertainment.
- The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation initiated discussion in early 2021 regarding the 50th Anniversary release of “Junior Bonner,” the film shot entirely in Yavapai County, primarily at the PFD Rodeo Grounds, the Palace Saloon, and in downtown Prescott. Our Foundation Chairs the “Junior Bonner Days” Planning Committee, and is collaborating with the PFD Rodeo, City of Prescott, Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Palace Restaurant & Bar, Phippen Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, the Marriott SpringHill Suites and the Hassayampa Inn to provide special events, exhibits, and other activities to area residents and visitors to Prescott.
The Board of Directors believes that the huge success of the Western Heritage Center is due in a large part to our very dedicated volunteers who helped build most of the exhibits, and those that work as docents and in mercantile sales. They are greatly appreciated! Lastly, our Board of Directors would like to thank our wonderful donors, sponsors, those that purchase items in our mercantile, and those who attend our ticketed events, as they have kept this dream alive. As a result, the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation recently signed an extension to our lease with options to extend it for years to come.
PLEASE VISIT THE WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER ON MAY 27th, 28th, OR 29th TO CONGRATULATE OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING THIS VISION COME TO FRUITION!!
★ EDUCATE ★ CELEBRATE ★ PRESERVE ★ PROMOTE ★
Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit Corporation