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Get Engaged at Springerville’s Heritage Center

The town of Springerville’s Heritage Center is having a growth spurt, and this means many great opportunities for local artists and fun events and activities for the whole community!

“I’m really excited about the changes we have planned,” said Erika Limburg, museum director, “the heritage center is growing both in its art collection and our community-outreach program. We are laser focused on creating an environment supportive and energizing to our community members and local businesses. I encourage everyone to keep an eye out for all the great events we have planned.”

The Springerville Heritage Center is the town’s visitors’ center as well as the art and history museum, and community center all rolled into one beautifully restored historical school building. The building received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the exceptional restoration project from the Historical Society and the Save Our Schools Committee. This multi-faceted setup allows the heritage center to connect locals and tourists in a very unique way—extending the reach of our talented locals outside the immediate area and providing them exposure beyond what they might have otherwise.

The heritage center is always interested in discovering new talent in the White Mountains area and would like to extend an invitation to artists of all formats. If you are interested in showcasing your creativity through the Springerville Heritage Center and expanding your exposure, please contact Erika Limburg at 928-333-2656, extension 230 or email her at elimburg@springervilleaz.gov. Walk-ins are always welcome during office hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 A.M – 4 P.M.

In addition to the museum’s art displays, the Springerville Heritage Center is also expanding their gift shop for all of our talented people and visitors to peruse. This is yet another exciting avenue for community members to connect with each other and traveling consumers alike. The Heritage Center Gift Shop is designed to promote White Mountains community members and their creations (e.g., photography, paintings, artwork, handcrafted items, jewelry, and artistic furniture). Through the gift shop you can sell your products and expand your consumer reach.

Kids from all over are encouraged to join the Springerville Heritage Center on a historical and creative learning adventure. Beat the heat, cure the summer boredom, and discover many new exciting adventures at the center. Engaging, interactive learning and exploring are the essential key elements of the Springerville Heritage Center’s children’s program, where they are working on several new exhibits, such as a White Mountains wildlife exhibit for kids (and adults) to learn the variety of species indigenous to this area via visual, easy-to-understand information, and hands-on textiles. Children will learn how to put this new knowledge to use and observe informatively while on their own outdoor adventures.

In addition to the exhibits, the heritage center will be holding mini events and classes throughout the year where kids can come get messy with hands-on exploration. Some of these great events include a presentation by the Weaver’s Guild with each child experiencing the accomplishment of their very own weaving. Various agricultural events and classes are in the works for kids to learn about sustainability, gardening, and the life cycle of an egg—just to name a few. Kids will have the opportunity to learn skills that are being forgotten such as candle making, canning, and how butter making has changed. Happy Brushes, a kids’ painting class, will help teach our youth the basics of painting and the freedom of expression on a canvas.

Interactive learning isn’t just for kids

The Heritage Center is working with experts in their fields and local artists to bring the adults a bit of hands-on learning, as well. The Springerville Heritage Center encourages parents to join in with their kids’ classes however, in addition there are also quite a few great adult classes, such as the Springerville Heritage Center’s monthly Sip and Paint adult painting classes, informational lectures by the Historical Society, photography seminars by professional photographers, and more! With these classes and lectures you’ll be able to learn a new skill or advance on those you already have. The heritage center is continually creating new exhibits, classes, and lectures to keep you informed, engaged and growing.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SpringervilleHeritageCenter.

Springerville Rib Burn

The Springerville Rib Burn starts on September 2nd, with a delicious appetizer dinner prelude to the Rib Burn on September 3rd. This is a people’s choice event where you decide who has the best BBQ around! There will be raffle prizes to win and lots of great food to enjoy! All of the proceeds will go to the Save our School Project so, come on out and have a great day while supporting a worthy cause. Judging will begin at noon on September 3rd at 418 Main St in Springerville, AZ. But wait…there’s more!

Springerville Color Fest

In October, the town and heritage center will kick off the Springerville Color Fest (September 30th through October 1st). This weekend of fun will start with a Color Run on the morning of September 30th with two courses available, a one-mile walk/run and a 5K with lots of color zones of fun to run through! The Color Fest will run from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., September 30th and October 1st. Both days are filled with fun of all kinds for all ages!

There will be an auction, straw maze, live music, raffles, eating contests, bake-off competitions, potato sack races, vendors with all sorts of goodies and information, great food, and so much more! This is a fantastic event and a great time to visit Springerville. Come on out and enjoy a weekend of fun for the whole family!

Color Run

If you are interested in participating in the Color Run, have an item(s) you wish to donate for the auction, would like to volunteer, or would be interested in setting up a booth, please contact Erika at the Heritage Center for more information.

Don’t forget to Like The Heritage Center on Facebook to stay informed and never miss an event or class! The Springerville Heritage Center is also on Instagram and Twitter and on the town of Springerville’s website.