Smithsonian Museum Day

Superstition Mountain Museum Joins Snithsonian Magazine's 14th Annual Museum Day


Superstition Mountain Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian Magazine's 14 annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year's event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets are available HERE. Visitors who present a Museum Say ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums can be found HERE.

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Travel Restrictions on HWY 88

Paving will restrict State Route 88 to a single lane beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11. Drivers should plan for delays and allow for extra travel time.

Arizona Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be paving on State Route 88 between mileposts 197 and 203, within the city of Apache Junction and Tonto National Forest land, starting Tuesday, Sept. 11, and continuing weekdays until Friday, Sept. 21.

While paving occurs, the roadway will be narrowed to one lane only. Flagging crews and a pilot vehicle will be used to guide traffic through the work zone one direction at a time.
Paving will occur daily from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 5 a.m. to noon on Fridays. No restrictions are scheduled to be in place during weekends.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

A link to the project website can be found here:


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SMM has a New Director!

Superstition Mountain Museum has hired a new director!

Superstition Mountain Museum is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director. Annie Vaugier will be stepping into the position currently held by Liz Nicklus, who had announced her retirement earlier in the year.

Ms. Vaugier brings to the position many years of experience in the business, management, and marketing worlds, as well as experience in working with volunteers and special events in a non-profit environment.

She will be training with Ms. Nicklus for a short time before taking the reins of leadership.

Welcome, Annie, to our family here at Superstition Mountain Museum!

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HWY 88 Construction Update

The Roundabout is open!

The AZ DOT Roundabout project at the old intersection of Highway 88 and Superstition Blvd. has been completed and the Roundabout is open for business. Traffic started flowing on it on Monday afternoon. Travel to the museum is now free and clear, so come out and visit us!


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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed at the Museum!

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our family here at the Superstition Mountain Museum. We have a very short professional staff here at the museum, so basically everything you see at the museum and on the grounds is maintained by our volunteers. Our needs include people to man the gift shops, work the phones, serve as greeters or hospitality hosts in the Chapel, the Barn, on the patio and on the grounds, and people to help with maintenance and grounds keeping. If you think you would like to volunteer in a friendly positive environment and would like to become part of the museum family, please call Jeff Danford at 480-983-4888 X-105 or email Jeff at

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Instructors Wanted

Superstition Mountain Museum is looking for people interested in teaching classes or workshops at the museum this season.

In past years we have offered classes on Desert Safety & Survival, Flintknapping, Dutch Oven Cooking, Herbal Medicine, Native plants, Desert Gardening, and Navajo Weaving.  In addition to the aforementioned classes, we are also looking for artists and crafters who are interested in teaching classes or workshops at the museum.

If you are interested in teaching a class or workshop at the museum, please call Jeff Danford at 480-292-0815, or email

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Authors and Artists Wanted

Superstition Mountain Museum starting new Featured Author and Featured Artists programs!

We are starting two new programs at the Museum:

1/ Featured Author. We are looking for local (Arizona) authors to come out to the Elvis Chapel to discuss, sell, and sign their books. We are looking to fill up as many Saturdays as we can with a different author each time.

2/Featured Artist. We are also looking for local (Arizona) artists to come out and set up on the patio to demonstrate, display and sell their work. We are looking to fill up as many Saturdays as we can with a different artist each time.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please call Jeff Danford at 480-292-0815, or email

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Come see “Jack and the Beanstalk”

This week's Old Tyme Cool Comedy classic movie is "Jack and the Beanstalk"

The Olde Tyme Cool Comedy for this week is “Jack and the Beanstalk” starring Abbott and Costello. The Abbott & Costello version of the famous fairy tale about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Laugh at the heat!  Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear and beat the heat this summer by planning to attend free weekly showings of classic comedy movies at Superstition Mountain Museum.

At 1 p.m. each Tuesday and Saturday afternoons in June and July "Olde Tyme Cool Comedies," many of which are classics, will be shown, free to the public,  with donations gratefully accepted, and will be shown in the air-conditioned Elvis Chapel. Refreshments are available in Charlie's General Store, located in the Apacheland Barn. Visitors are encouraged to come early as seating in the Chapel is limited. It is also recommended to bring a cushion or pillow to sit, as the pews can be hard to sit on.

Bring the whole family to enjoy these old classics!

Tuesday's movie will be repeated on Saturday.

A complete listing of this summer's movies can be seen HERE.

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Executive Director Sought

Superstition Mountain Museum is conducting a search for a new Executive Director

The Superstition Mountain Museum is a growing regional historical museum located at the base of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona just east of Phoenix on the famed Apache Trail (SR88).

Responsibilities of the position:

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer responsible for all phases of the day-to-day, hands-on management and operation of the museum. This position reports to the Executive Committee of the SMHS Board of Directors and works with that Board to refine and achieve the goals of the Society and formulate strategic plans.

Requirements of the position:

The ideal candidate shall be an experienced museum professional with proven leadership in all phases of museum administration including:
o Preparation and management of annual budgets and spending plans, including a statement of revenues;
o Business development and marketing;
o Best practices in exhibits, acquisitions, and collections;
o Preparation and implementation of strategic plans in conjunction with the Museum’s Board;
o Development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures complying with State and Federal regulations;
o Understanding of accounting principles and concepts;
o Effective oral and written communication.

The candidate must project an approachable and professional demeanor, have excellent interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated the ability to work with and manage a large group of members, volunteers, and guests.

A degree in Museum Science, Non-Profit Management, Public Administration, or a related discipline is not mandatory, but is preferred. A combination of training, skills, knowledge, abilities, and education will be the basis for selection.

This is a full time position. Salary Range is $35K To $45K dependent on qualifications.
Regular work hours are 8AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend work is required during events and planned “after hours” meetings.

Application packet shall include:

1) A letter of interest stating the candidate’s professional experience and qualifications; 2) A Resume of experience and education; 3) Three professional references with contact information. Finalists’ references will be contacted before selection.

All candidates will remain confidential except individuals invited for interviews.

Please submit application materials by July 31 to:

Superstition Mountain Historical Society
Search Committee
P.O. Box 3845
Apache Junction, Arizona 85117-4138, or email to:
No phone calls, please.

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Meet The Authors

What: Come meet Diane and Ron Kryz, the authors of the Young Adult fiction book, “Believe in the Magic of Your Dreams

When: Saturday, June 23,

What time: 10:00 am

Where: Elvis Chapel

Listen to the authors talk about their book. You can buy a copy here at the General Store, and have them sign it. If you have Pre-teen or Teen readers in your home, they might enjoy meeting Diane and Ron.

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