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The history of Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott

by The 100 Companies

On May 4, 1917 – at the urging of Sharlot Hall – the Arizona State Legislature appropriated funds to purchase the former governor’s mansion at Prescott with the caveat it be used as a museum.

The original structure, built in 1864, was little more than a pine-log manse in the wilderness – albeit upscale and permanent when compared with the myriad tents and shanties surrounding it.

The “Gubernatorial Mansion Museum” opened its doors to the public in 1928 where a vast array of artifacts, collected by Hall, were displayed; following her death in 1943, the museum was renamed in the late historian’s honor.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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