Our logo features a 1995 sketch of early courthouse by renowned western artist, Mel Bradshaw.
Together, Navajo County and the City of Holbrook make it possible for the Historical Society’s Museum and offices to be housed in the 119 year-old historic courthouse. Financial support from the city provides funds for the information desk salaries and archival materials.
The society is a non-profit 501(c) organization and maintains a small book/gift shop, that with donations and memberships supplement the city allocation for archival and exhibit materials.
The book/gift shop is located in the main reception area that offers a selection of publications that cover subjects from Petrified Forest National Park to Route 66, gems and rocks, Native American cultures, regional cookbooks, archeology and more, including books for children. Other merchandise includes petrified wood, key chains, postcards, coins and magnets. As a non-profit operated shop, no merchandise tax is added.
An access ramp into the courthouse is located on the north side of the building, entered from Buffalo Street, to serve physically handicapped visitors.
The Navajo County Historical Society maintains an Arizona Historical Society accredited museum and archives. The society serves as the caretaker of objects, photographs and documents from the public. More than 70 exhibit areas can be viewed in the historic courthouse and annex wing for no admission fee.
Volunteers give more than 2,000 hours of their time each year to maintain and document the museum collections, and do preservation and archival work.
The Historical Society is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the society's membership.
Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate as a public trust, the heritage of the citizens of Navajo County.
Our vision: In order to preserve the heritage of the citizens of Navajo County, the Historical Society, acting as a public trust, will collect documents, printed and published materials, photographs, paintings, artifacts and any other items pertaining to Navajo County and the surrounding area. We will preserve and archive all items following standard practices. We will interpret and disseminate Navajo County history through exhibitions, print and other media. All items under the Historical Society’s care will be made available, if appropriate, for research and viewing by the public.