Cave Creek Museum
6140 E. Skyline Drive
Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (Physical Address)
P.O.Box 1, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 (Mailing Address)
Veterans Memory Garden
A uniform, a medal, a bugle, symbols of our military history, are among the many items archived and on display in the museum. Over the years, artifacts reflecting military history have told stories and elicited remembrances of those who served in the armed forces.
Our history carries us through too many wars, all marked with tinges of bravado and heartache, but also gallantry and unselfish sacrifice. Young men and women, drawn by their own imaginings and expectations, shared a universal wish: to serve and to protect our freedoms.
Now, a team of committed museum volunteers, has crafted plans for a Veterans Memory Garden to be constructed in the museum’s botanical garden.
Board President Darlene Southern noted that a modest idea formed after last May’s museum program on the “First Unknown Soldier” by Matt Scott. The concept grew to become a broader vision of a gathering place for veterans and visitors alike.
Cave Creek Museum Executive Director Evelyn Johnson says, “We wish to create a quiet space to reflect on the lives changed; and for thoughts about the serenity and peace provided by our military without destruction, turmoil and loss.
Flags will mark six sections of the garden, one for each branch of the military. In the center, Cave Creek veterans and the unknown fallen will be honored. The museum is working with community partners to bring the project to life.
To donate and to get involved in this one-of-a-kind unique effort, visit Cave Creek Museum's site HERE or call 480-488-2764.
Photo Above: From left to right: Board President Darlene Southern; Executive Director Evelyn Johnson; Administrator, Jo Ann Stuckey; veteran and volunteer Bill Oelman; Design architect Marc Viator; Board member Molly Tufts; Board member Steve Greenberg; veteran and volunteer Paul Haueisen; American Legion Commander Brian Fernandez; master gardener Marcia D’Alessandro; veteran and volunteer Pete Peterson; DAR representative Debra Pristo.
Cave Creek Museum Presents
CAVE CREEK MUSEUM PRESENTS:
On Saturday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., meet Roger Naylor writer, blogger, hiker and enthusiastic Arizonan.
The adventures begin with his latest book, Arizona’s Scenic Roads and Hikes, when travel writer Roger Naylor coaxes readers outdoors with an array of wonders.
In this captivating guide, Naylor features all 27 of Arizona’s state-designated scenic and historic roads, including five National Scenic Byways. The stunning drives are arranged by region and include starting and ending points, mileage, vivid photos, full descriptions, and suggestions on locally owned places to eat and sleep.
This is a presentation you don’t want to miss and a book you will want to own.
RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Members: Free
Non-members: Program free with Admission ticket (No Culture Passes)
* Dec 3 (Sat 2:00 - 4:00pm):Roger Naylor - Arizona's Scenic Roads & Hikes - InfoHEREand more info in this newsletter, as well. * Dec 10 (Sat 10:00 -11:15am):AZ GOLD MINING EXPERIENCE - ClickHEREfor info & tickets. (reservations required) * Dec 10 (Sat 7:30pm - 11:00pm):THE BOYS OF D63 at Harold's - Click HERE for info & Tickets. *Dec 11 (Sun 2:00pm - 4:00pm): Kiwanis Family Fun Days - "A Homesteader Christmas" InfoHERE.
Click HERE for additional information and more
Cave Creek Museum events.
You Can’t Go Wrong with Two Mr. Wrights By Kraig Nelson, Cave Creek Museum historian
Mr. Wright was influential in the conceptual design of Carefree. Mr. Wright was also influential in the development of Cave Creek. Both achievements were monumental; so monumental, they required two Mr. Wrights.
The citizens of Carefree and Cave Creek owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Frank L. Wright and to Mr. Frank W. Wright. Mr. Wright was influential in the conceptual design of Carefree. Mr. Wright was influential in the development of Cave Creek. Both achievements were monumental; so monumental, they required two Mr. Wrights.
The citizens of Carefree and Cave Creek owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Frank L. Wright and to Mr. Frank W. Wright.
He was known as “Mr. Cave Creek.” The Cave Creek Museum and the neighboring Church of Latter Day Saints have a special fondness for Frank W. Wright because the land on which both sit was donated by Mr. Wright. Frank’s civic accomplishments are numerous. He brought the first streetlights to Cave Creek. He was the founder of The Cave Creek Water Company. Frank drilled the first well for the Cave Creek School District. He was active in getting Maricopa County to pave Cave Creek Road from Bell Road to the Town. Frank helped sponsor and finance the first community church, now found at the Cave Creek Museum, and still used for weddings. Frank Wright was an astute land-speculator and developer. Many areas in Cave Creek were subdivided and developed thanks to Frank W. Wright.
In 1934, Frank founded and helped build American Legion Post #34 on Cave Creek Road. Later, after numerous fund-raising events, the Legion Hall was completed in 1946. Legion Hall was used for civic activities, parties, and square dances. When Frank died in 1982 at the age of 89, he had lived in Cave Creek for 60 years. Immediately after Frank’s death, American Legion Post #34 was renamed after this admired civic leader.
At a Phoenix luncheon in 1946, Tom Darlington and Kenyon Turner (K.T.) Palmer discussed their shared dream of starting a desert-sensitive community, per K. T. Palmer, in his 1971 book titled For Land’s Sake. In 1955, they purchased land to create a new town, which they named Carefree. Their vision was clear: homes had to blend and flow with the beautiful Sonoran Desert and Black Mountain. Frank Lloyd Wright created the conceptual marriage of the home with the land; Frank Lloyd Wright was unavailable, but Wright protégé Gerry Jones was available.
Having spent time in China observing Buddhist monasteries, circa A.D. 700, Gerry noted the structures were built into the mountain terrain. He felt this was the catalyst for his architectural career. Gerry, who taught for 17 years at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, created Carefree’s desert-sensitive building codes and homes, influenced by the spirit of Wright and Wright’s view of “organic architecture.”
Photo:Mr. Cave Creek on his tractor
Letter from the Board President:
All of us at the museum are excited to create the Veterans’ Memory Garden that will pay tribute to the U.S. military. We are proud to partner with American Legion Post #34 and the Black Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on this project. Thanks to the creativity of landscape architect Marc Viator and the skills of Master Gardener Marcia d’Alessandro, this will be a serene and beautiful tribute.
As we surveyed the museum grounds for the most appropriate site for the Veterans’ Memory Garden, we discovered our gazebo is showing its age necessitating its closure, for the public’s safety, until repairs can be made. The estimate for restoration costs is $17,000.00.
For 70 years, the Gazebo has been an iconic landmark in Cave Creek. In the 1970s, it was moved from the Tamarisk Grove to the museum, where it has served as a shady rest spot for visitors, a setting for wedding photos, and as a stage for events like Miners’ Dinner.
On this “Giving Tuesday,” November 29, 2022, won’t you remember the Gazebo in your giving plans with a donation? Please help to restore and preserve the gazebo, this dear Cave Creek landmark.
I’ve included a link to the AZGIVES.org fundraising page. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and, of course, this link is good year-round, not just on the 29th. As always, we are grateful for the support and goodness of the people of Cave Creek and our surrounding communities. A donation to the gazebo refurbishing can be made by clicking HERE. Thank you.
And all of us at the Cave Creek Museum wish all of you, a joyful and safe holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.
Darlene Southern, Board President
Letter From the Desk of Evelyn Johnson:
The holidays are here! Time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and gatherings that the season brings. It is also a time to reflect, plan and embrace the “new.”
One might ask what it takes to keep the museum relevant to our visitors and members.
We rely on volunteers to open the doors, create the exhibits, operate the AZ Gold Mining Experience, keep the website up to date, and much more. Volunteers are the lifeline of the museum in writing the newsletter, greeting visitors, staffing events, hosting our fundraisers, introducing newcomers to the rich history, as well as grooming the grounds to be welcoming and safe. Our volunteers also dream big when it comes to projects.
Take a moment to reflect on our predecessors who recognized the significance to the small town of Cave Creek. They had the vision to
create a museum. They had the energy to move a church on log rollers to be our home for 17 years and then to build a new facility from the ground up. Consider the Dream Team that imagined that 84,000 pounds of metal could become the AZ Gold Mining Experience. Our latest project, announced on Veterans’ Day, will be the Veterans’ Memory Garden. All are big dreams that volunteers make happen. That’s really just the beginning of the importance of volunteers – we could not do what we do without each one! You as members and volunteers are the key to our success.
Enjoy the holidays! Remember the Cave Creek Museum when making your end of year gifts.
Evelyn Johnson, Executive Director
An Evening to Remember:.
The Spaghetti Western “Fun” Raiser lived up to its promises of lively entertainment, music, games, and of course, a generous helping of Harold’s famous spaghetti. The record crowd mingled, caught up with neighbors and friends, bid on silent auction items, and toe tapped to the guitar playing of Mayor Ernie Bunch.
Top Left: Spaghetti Dinner chair Buck Columna, Stephanie Bradley, Chris Kempster and Jo Ann Stuckey embrace special guest “Honey”, a donkey rescued by Arizona Equine Rescue. Top Right: Cave Creek mayor-elect Paul Eelkema and wife Gloria enjoy the atmosphere at the Spaghetti Western Dinner. Bottom Left: Gussied up for fun at the Corral: Karen and Greg Barnhart Bottom Right: Silver and Reg Monachino rest after their spaghetti feast.
A Membership Reminder
Have you renewed your membership? Now, more than ever,
the Museum appreciates your financial support.
Please, send your tax-deductible
to ensure a great year ahead.
Click HERE to renew your membership.
To make a year-end donation to your Cave Creek Museum click HERE.
Museum Store News:.
Look What's Happening
at the Cave Creek
It's so much fun mailing out Christmas cards reflecting our love for the flora and fauna of our desert!
For this Yuletide season, the Cave Creek Museum is proud to offer beautiful holiday cards by Cave Creek artist Beth Zink. Beth's boldly colorful and contemporary desert landscape paintings are currently featured (and for sale) in the museum's auditorium. Beth’s equally appealing series of Christmas and Hanukkah cards are available in the Museum Store. We also offer many other Beth Zink created items--tote bags, notecards, coasters.
Unfortunately, the museum hasn’t space to showcase all of Beth's beautiful products but, the good news is…Beth’s a local artist! She’s easily able to get any item to you in a day or two. If there’s an image you like, let us know; we'll contact Beth and check if it’s available as a tote bag, coaster set, pillows, 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 giclées (if you don't have room on your walls for a full-sized canvas but you really need that statement piece), calendars---even aprons!
This year, start your holidays at the Cave Creek Museum Store. Remember, we don't charge sales tax and members get an additional 10% off purchases. Come and see us!
This is only one of Beth ZInc's many gorgeous images.
Album of Events:
Cave Creek Museum volunteers come in all sizes! While at the October 19 Carefree volunteer fair, volunteers Audra Botwin and Debbie Clement “interviewed” service dog Truffles Noel with owner Debra Markert. ~
Don’t worry; we did not almost lose Rory Alexander. As one of his many volunteers activities, Rory was pushing trimmings into the barrel. ~
Wishing Wes Cooper and his shoulder well. Wes lost his footing
by the stamp mill and got a bit banged up.
Ouch! Feel better soon.
Bored? 'Looking for something fun to do? Discover the Riches in Volunteering!
Volunteer opportunities abound at the Cave Creek Museum. Do you enjoy talking about history? Being a docent could be perfect for you? History, however, isn't your only option. Volunteer opportunities at our Cave Creek Museum abound! Which of these areas is calling YOU?
* Event Planning
* Museum Store
* Office Assistant
* Exhibits / Collections Management
* And MORE At the Cave Creek Museum, there’s a spot for you!
Become part of a lively, engaging community of volunteers passionate about supporting our Cave Creek Museum while making new friends and giving back to our community.
For more information, view the volunteering page on our website HERE.) or feel free to call the museum with any questions (480-488-2764).
A Smile for Our Museum
Did you know that AmazonSmile is a program donating 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice? Do consider your charity of choice to be the Cave Creek Museum. This donation is made at no extra cost to you. The only difference is you'll need to select your charity at smile.amazon.com and, then do your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation may be only a small percentage of your purchase, but those small amounts add up when many of us make this same choice. Then, quarterly The Cave Creek Museum will receive an electronic transfer of our accumulated donations. What an easy way to join together to support our museum!
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