Centennial Legacy Project opens in Jerome

Posted on by az100

6/30/2011 5:43:00 PM

A new historical perspective comes to Jerome Wednesday July 6 in the form of an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. A reception will be held in the Town Civic Center at 600 Clark St. The reception will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

The project, using about 70 photographs beginning in the 1880s, shows much of Jerome’s history. The project – Jerome: A Historical Perspective — will be on display in the council chambers and library permanently.

The Jerome library, in collaboration with the Jerome Historical Society and the Town of Jerome, has mounted this exhibit. The exhibit highlights the evolving culture of the Jerome community and historic use of important buildings between 1880 and 2010.

“The archivists have cross-referenced between Sanborn maps, old documents and specific photos to show the accurate use of the buildings through the years,” Jerome Librarian Kathleen Jarvis stated in a press release. “In addition, we can now see through the old photographs how the town looked, how people dressed, various automobile models and other interesting details during Jerome’s past 100 years.”

The exhibit covers Jerome’s heyday and its wild-west history, as well as the transformation from mining town to ghost town and its restoration, which continues today.

The Jerome Civic Center and Town Hall are located in the historic Jerome Schoolhouse built in 1924.

-Philip Wright

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