Summer Volunteers Needed at Museum!

The large number of part-time winter volunteers heading for cooler climates once again is leaving the folks at the Superstition Mountain Museum short of volunteers during the summer months.

Volunteers for the Museum Gift Shop and General Store (both air-conditioned) are critically needed. If you are a year-around resident and could spare four hours per week (one shift, a.m. or p.m.) to help out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Both men and women, 18 years of age and over, would be welcomed in any or all positions. Summer special projects at the Museum include creating and hanging new wooden signage, installing a donated surround system in the chapel, putting up new exhibits, and replacing plants and enhancing the grounds.

It is a great way to learn more about the history of this area and to meet some really nice local people who are already volunteers. We all know how long those hot summer days can become, so liven up your week with a volunteer session at the Museum.

To learn more about our exciting volunteer opportunities, come to the Museum Gift Shop and get an application, or contact Jeff Danford at the Museum at 480-983-4888 ext. 105 or by email at

Free Admission for Military Families Begins Memorial Day!

Superstition Mountain Museum, one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across America, has joined other museums in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children again this summer.

A sign on the museum site identifies Superstition Mountain Museum as a Blue Star Museum

The gesture is a “thank you” to U.S. military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice. It also affords military families a way to spend quality time together without worrying about the budget.

The free admission offer begins on Memorial Day, May 29, this year and is good through Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017.

Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums? The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card , a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit? The military ID holder plus up to five family members. The military ID holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program.

Visit the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) website for more information and a list of museums, covering a broad range of art, history, science and cultural topics,that are participating in this program.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.

Dedication of Eighth of An Inch Mine – Saturday, May 20th

An air of celebration will prevail on Saturday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Superstition Mountain Museum during a brief dedication ceremony for the new mining exhibit recently completed on the grounds. Everyone in the community is cordially invited to attend and meet the stalwart volunteer Stamp Mill Crew who spent the winter building a historically accurate small mine operation exhibit that they have named “The Eighth-of-an-Inch Mine.”

Eighth of An Inch Mine Headframe

How the mine got that name is a story interwoven throughout the 600 hours of volunteer labor put in by the 14-man crew that is dedicating its efforts to bringing Arizona mining history to life on the museum grounds. The timbers of the headframe that towers over the pit are from an authentic mine headframe donated to the museum by the Douglas Mansion Museum in Jerome, AZ.

According to Roger Camplin, the Jerome museum was replacing the headframe. “We asked if we could have the timbers in exchange for help in constructing the replacement. They agreed. We cut the rotted ends off the timbers and have a shorter, but great-looking, headframe.” Camplin relates that the mine name comes from the fact that the lead person on the crew, Ken Geiger, mandated “all measurements must be within 1/8 inch, regardless of old timbers and old eyes.”

Serving on the construction crew and contributing a lot of sweat equity were Guy Bolinger, Roger Camplin, Dwight Carlson, Charlie Connell, Lee Cooper, Rob Dunlap, Ken Geiger, Jim Geil, Buddy Inserra, Bill Kane, Bill Lytle, Chuck Messersmith, Mike Norton, Dave Raring and Derry Wolford.

Camplin also thanked the following donors:
Arizona Prospecting Association – Cash; Charlie Connell – Mine rail and hardware; Douglas Mansion Museum – Old headframe; Treasure Island Gravel – 20 tons of gravel; Stewart Harrah – Headframe pulley and ore bucket.

DeGrazia Exhibit Extended!

The Ted DeGrazia Exhibit has been extended indefinitely. It will remain at the Museum for an as yet unspecified length of time. In addition, some new pieces were added to the Exhibit last week by Lance Laber from the Tuscon DeGrazia Foundation. If you haven’t had a chance to see awesome paintings by DeGrazia, you still have some time.

Summer Schedule Announced for Stamp Mill Demos

The summer schedule for the Stamp Mill Demos has been announced.

During the upcoming summer, the ore mill demonstrations will be performed once monthly. According to Museum Director Liz Nicklus, the monthly demonstrations will be at 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays – May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, and Sept 9.

People are urged to visit the museum on one of these days and see the behemoth in action. Attendees can hear the stamps pounding the ore, feel the ground shake, and immerse themselves in a moment of history snatched from the past.

Houser Concert to Cap Museum Lecture Series on April 6

A concert of toe-tappin’ and exuberant Country, Western, Bluegrass and Gospel music performed by Ron Houser and his daughter Tara Houser-Jones will close the season-long free lecture series at Superstition Mountain Museum on Thursday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The well-known local entertainers will combine their beautiful voices and their expertise playing the guitar and fiddle in a special concert sure to delight music fans.

Their performance will end the 2017 season’s presentations on a high note. Also at this event, the winning raffle ticket will be drawn for the beautiful coral and silver necklace and earring set made by Native American Master Silversmith Tommy Jackson that is the top prize for the museum’s season-long Fundraising Raffle.

The concert will be held in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater so attendees should bring a lawn chair or cushion to sit on.

Superstition Mountain Museum Is Proud to Participate in Arizona Gives Day, April 4, 2017

The Superstition Mountain Museum will be joining in Arizona Gives Day, along with hundreds of other nonprofits from all over the state on Tuesday, April 4, to raise much-needed funds. Through, Arizonans will be able to support their favorite nonprofit(s) for exactly 24 hours of virtual giving to strive for additional cash incentive prizes. Sponsored by FirstBank, this 5th annual day of fundraising is a community-led effort to invest in our state. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has raised $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013.

“We are pleased to be involved with Arizona Gives Day this year for the first time,” said Museum Director Liz Nicklus. “It is a great way to draw attention to the needs of the many non-profit organizations who, like us, rely heavily on donations to keep operating.”
Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide single day of giving that invites Arizonans to find their favorite causes at on April 4, 2017, and donate day-of or schedule their donations in advance. It is a statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign that takes place the first Tuesday of April each year.

This event helps people find, learn about and contribute to the causes they believe in. Arizona Gives Day also enables nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique online giving platform.

From 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on April 4, supporters of the Superstition Mountain Museum can go to and select the museum to make a direct contribution. Donations are crucial to helping fund our museum throughout the year as the museum and the historical society take no public monies.

Though Arizona Gives Day only happens once a year, this website is available for year-round giving with the purpose of building the spirit of philanthropy throughout Arizona’s communities.
The Superstition Mountain Museum is the realization of a dream shared by several individuals who formed the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Inc. in 1980. This organization is a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) 3, organized to collect and preserve the history, legends and lore of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, to support research, education and publication involving the region, and to develop a historical museum and research library devoted to these endeavors.
As the museum continues to grow and flourish it has become a hub of activity with people walking the grounds and visiting the many educational exhibits outside and in the museum gallery. Each season, the schedule is packed with special events, lectures, and classes.

Museum Hosts Model Train Tour Stop, Arts and Crafts Event Weekend of April 1-2

April 1-2 weekend is shaping up as a busy one at the Superstition Mountain Museum as the museum’s Garden-Scale Model Railroad Exhibit will be a featured stop on the Arizona Big Trains Operators (ABTO) annual Spring Open House Tour on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The museum’s large, impressive historical train layout, along with 11 other sites boasting extensive G-scale model railroad set-ups, will be on display for public viewing. The ABTO sponsors both an annual Christmas Tour and a Spring Tour in an effort to promote this hobby to the public. Admission is free. Donations to ABTO to help support the train display at Cardon’s Childrens’ Hospital are accepted.

On Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the museum will also be hosting the last Arts and Crafts on the Patio event of the season. Two or three times a year, everyone has a lot of fun when artists and craftsmen gather on the patio at Superstition Mountain Museum and demonstrate, display and sell their work. Museum visitors never know just what they will find and participants are always ready and eager to discuss their work and chat with visitors. Handcrafted merchandise varies from painted gourds to handmade jewelry to breathtaking photographs. Admission to this activity is also free.

A special guest children’s author, Paula Goldsmith, will also be on hand on Saturday, April 1, to sign her book The Adventures of Baby Cuz: A Trip to Arizona and to pass out free bear coloring papers for the first 50 children.

While on the museum site, visitors can see also walk the labeled Nature Trail, view the 20-stamp ore mill and newly- finished arrastre, and take keepsake photos.