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The mission of the Cornville Historical Society is to gather, preserve and share information about the history of the Cornville-Page Springs area from the time of pioneer settlement in the 1870's to the present. The Society does research, keeps records, collects historical items, and sponsors educational activities relating to rural life in the historic Lower Oak Creek area.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
1. GATHER: Collect Historical Information
2. PRESERVE: Store Collections Safely
3. SHARE: Inform Community & Be Visible
4. GAIN COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Strengthen Organization
Join us at the DK Ranch December 9, 2018
Our Annual Holiday Event will take place from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Cracchiolo DK Ranch, located at 225 S. Merritt Ranch Rd., in Cornville. The program will include a history presentation by Janet Cassagio, followed by our popular gift basket raffle. Refreshments will be served. The event will be in an open barn, so it will take place rain or shine. To ensure you have a seat, please bring your own chair if you can. We request there be no smoking on the premises.
Cost of the event is $10 per person, including ten gift basket raffle tickets. Admission is limited to 150 attendees; reservations are required in advance. Contact Cheryl Chamberlain for tickets at 639-0865 or at email@example.com. Directions from 89A: Take Oak Creek Valley Rd., at the split stay right onto Merritt Ranch Rd. until you arrive at the event.
CORNVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 13TH ANNUAL MEETING HELD MARCH 21
The Cornville Historical Society held its annual membership meeting from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the First Southern Baptist Church, 11340 Circle Drive, in Cornville.
The program featured Don and Chris Godard discussing the “History of Cement & the Clarkdale Cement Plant.” The program also included slideshow presentations of photos showing historic uses of cement and a variety taken at the cement plant.
PROGRESS ON POST OFFICE RESTORATION
The dedication of the old post office took place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10:00 am at Windmill Gardens. More than 80 people helped us celebrate.
Judy Miller, past Society president and board member, presented us with a history of the post office, the move and restoration.Chick family descendents were on hand to help us celebrate. Unfortunately, Charles and Jesse Chick's daughter, Margaret was unable to attend, but we do extend to her our best 100th birthday wishes on August 22, 2017.
The U. S. Postal Service employees particpated by offering commemorative stamp cancellations. We had many former postal employees in attendance as well. A ribbon cutting took place with Yavapai County Supervisors Tom Thurman and Randy Garrison, CHS President Muffy Vallely and Windmill Gardens owners, Bob and Cindy Snyder doing the honors. Also, available for sale was the newly revised 2nd edition of the Postal History. Refreshments were offered to all attendees. Thank you all who participated!
Carpentry needs to be done in the interior. If you would like to volunteer a few hours to help us get this done, contact Stephen Cassagio at (516) 749-2366 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The memorial brick pathway was completed in June 2017. Since we received many requests for bricks after the completion, Bob & Cindy Snyder have graciously offered to extend the walkway a bit. Watch for a new brick offer in 2018.
The Society received a grant from the Thumb Butte and Yavapai Questers to work on the interior. The work done on the postal side of the building has been a result of this grant. Next up, we are working with the Palatki Sedona Questers who have provided us with another grant in December 2017 and are working with us on yet another one The grants require us to complete the work specified in the grant within one year, so watch for our progress.
THANKS AGAIN to all for your support and hard work!
LOCAL RESIDENT & AUTHOR NEEDS OUR HELP!
The Society is proud to announce that we will be working with local resident and author, Denise Domning, on a book that will tell the story of Page Springs Road in a decade by decade approach. Denise is currently gathering information about the road and its nearby area. She is particularly interested in the flora, fauna and lifestyle, as it evolved through the decades.
If you have any information to share, please contact Denise at 928-202-4385 or at email@example.com. Denise has prepared a survey to help jog your memory. Copies will be available at the annual meeting on March 15, or by email. You can also access the survey by visiting our Page Springs Road page on this website. If you have any questions about this, you can also contact Janet Cassagio at 649-1426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORNVILLE POSTCARD AVAILABLE
The Cornville Historical Society now has a postcard of the only existing photograph of the “original” Cornville Post Office & Store. The photo was taken sometime between 1909 and 1914 and shows the structure as it looked at its original site on property now occupied by Windmill Gardens. The historic landmark has now been moved back to the same site and will be restored to its original appearance. Packages of 25 postcards are available for $6.25 to local businesses for resale. To order, send payment to the Cornville Historical Society, P.O. Box 1200, Cornville, AZ 86325.
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News & Events
HOLIDAY EVENT SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 9
2018 ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 21 AT FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH
PROGRESS ON POST OFFICE RESTORATION
LOCAL RESIDENT & AUTHOR NEEDS HELP