Who We Are

Our Mission

Sharlot Hall Museum is an educational and cultural center, which fosters public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social, and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands, and which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections, conservation, exhibits, and related programs.


Sharlot Hall Museum is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943), who became well known as a poet, activist, politician, and Arizona’s first territorial historian. Sharlot Hall was one of the West’s most remarkable women. As early as 1907, Ms. Hall saw the need to save Arizona's history and planned to develop a museum. She began to collect both native American Indian and pioneer material.

In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor’s residence and offices, and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents opening it as a museum in 1928. Today, the Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals.

The Library and Archives, open to the public, hold a vast collection of rare books, original documents, historical photographs, maps and oral history.The Sharlot Hall Theater, in the Lawler Exhibit Center, provides a venue for exhibits and displays; for the historical lecture series and educational presentations; music events in support of our Folk Music Festival in October; and the Museum's Living History programs that bring the past alive through hands-on demonstrations. When visiting the Museum, be sure to stop by our Museum Store which is located in the Bashford House - an 1875 Victorian home.


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Policies & Documents

Sharlot Hall Historical Society 990 Exemption

  • The 990 Exemption for the Sharlot Hall Historical Society is available online and open for public inspection via PDF download. This document includes the Federal Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax documentation as of March 9, 2016.

Sharlot Hall Museum Collections Management Policy

  • The Sharlot Hall Museum Collections Policy for management of the object and archival permanent collections of the Sharlot Hall Historical Society is available online via PDF download.

Prescott Historical Society FY2018-19 Budget Request

  • The Prescott Historical Society Budget Request prepared in August 2017 for the state FY2018-2019 identifies financial outline for the Society; the 23-page document is available online via PDF download.

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