Cave Creek Museum Presents Series

Learn something new and interesting with our “Cave Creek Museum Presents” series

When: Once a month October 2016 through April 2017.
at the Cave Creek Museum historic church (unless otherwise noted)
Cost: Free for museum members and $5.00 for non-members at the door.

Reservations are suggested as seating space is limited. Reserve online with our Reservation Form or call 480-488-2764

October 8, 2016 – What the Flock!
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Museum looks forward to kicking off our 2016-2017 season of “Cave Creek Museum Presents” with tales of sheep-herding and cattle-punching in Cave Creek!  Cave Creek was known as cattle country—-did you know that once upon a time, tens of thousands of sheep surged through the town streets? Learn about those storied days when old gunfighters strode through Cave Creek and Basque shepherds tended their flocks in the foothills.  Author, Volunteer and Cave Creek Museum Board Member Kraig Nelson is also a student of history.  His entertaining and thoroughly researched articles on people, sites, and events that have occurred in the Desert Foothills area have been published in many local media outlets and garnered more than one award.


November 12, 2016 – “POWs of Papago Butte”
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Although his “day job” is as chief archivist at the celebrated Huhugam Ki Museum at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, author Steve Hoza has long been fascinated by the history of the German prisoner of war camp that sprawled at the base of the Papago Buttes.  From 1944 through the end of the war, the encampment housed 31,000 P.O.W.s and was even the site of a “Great Escape”, when 24 of the prisoners tunneled out of the fenced camp—and most were promptly recaptured.  Through dozens of photos and in the words of the P.O.W.s, the American soldiers who guarded them, and the Phoenix citizens who lived nearby, spend a little time within the razor-wired confines of what was one of Arizona’s largest prison camps.



December 10, 2016 – Writer, Blogger, and Hiker – Roger Naylor
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Cave Creek Museum is so excited to welcome Arizonian, writer, blogger and hiker Roger Naylor as our December presenter.  Author of “Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers”; “Arizona Kicks on Route 66”, and “Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth”, Roger’s love of our beautiful Grand Canyon State is evident in his prose and photos.  He likes to eat as well, as he reveals in his book,” Boots and Burgers”, guiding you not only to his favorite hiking spots around the state, but also the best place to grab a burger when coming off the trail or before starting out.  Roger’s presentation will be a mixture of humor, reminisces, and affection for the desert—leaving you with a longing to strap on your own boots for a hike and then chow-down a half-pound of ground beef for dinner!



January 14, 2017 – A Hundred Years of Cave Creek: Part #1
2:00pm – 3:00pm

In 1958, Beverly Metcalfe Brooks left behind Illinois to become one of the last paying guests at a dude ranch.  She came looking for adventure—and found love and a new life in a little Arizona town called Cave Creek.  In her 58 years as a resident of Cave Creek, Bev has known the most vaunted of names in our town’s past: Catherine Jones, Hube and Patsy Yates, George Mileham, Honky-Tonk Jack, Harold Gavagan, Frank and Hazel Wright—the list goes on.  And she herself is an influential part of the Creek’s history, having been a founding member of the famed “Mother’s Club”.  Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear this sassy, opinionated Cave Creek treasure share stories about some of Cave Creek’s greatest characters and Cave Creek’s growth from a dusty Calvary re-mounting station in the 1870’s to the town we all live in today.



February 11, 2017 – A Hundred Years of Cave Creek: Part #2
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Beverly Metcalfe Brooks continues sharing the past of Cave Creek—a history so action-packed it can’t be fit into a single presentation! From Cave Creek Sierra Vista Dude Ranch’s last paying guest to one of the most long-time residents of our community, Bev’s love for Cave Creek has meant she has spent the last nearly sixty years preserving our town’s history—and living it!  This is a not to be missed presentation by a feisty, funny lady who actually knew the names that are now Cave Creek legends.



March 4, 2017 – Diggin’ History
2:00pm – 3:00pm

To celebrate Archaeology Month, archaeologist Mark Hackbarth steps up to the podium at the Cave Creek Museum to share his experiences exploring and excavating pre-history archaeological sites in the Desert Foothills region.  Did you know there are hundreds of mapped excavated and unexcavated sites within our town borders?  Mark has been instrumental in investigating and recording a number of them, including the Mueller site, whose artifacts are displayed at the Museum.  Mark will talk about the process of determining, mapping and unearthing these locations, and the preservation of the artifacts found there.  He’ll also be ready with a word of advice if you think you might have a pre-historic site on your property.  Cave Creek is a bounty of history we coexist with on a daily basis.  Let’s make it our Town’s mission to preserve it!



April 8, 2017 – Mining Cave Creek’s Mining History
2:00pm – 3:00pm

In 2009, three arduous trip up and down steep, rutted mountain roads carried down the remains of the 10 stamp ore crushing mill that had stood at the mouth of the Golden Reef Mine for almost a century.  Four years later and over 9,000 volunteer hours later, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill once more roared to life on November 4th, 2013.  Since then, manned by the trained volunteers popularly called the “Dream Team”, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill has run at least once a month during the Museum’s operating season to the delight and awe of our community and visitors.  Members of the Dream Team have traveled around the United States and beyond our borders to observe and advise on other stamp mill restorations.  Over the past two years they have carried down the remains of the old Golden Reef tramway and begun rebuilding it as well, so that this season, we hope it too will operate beside the stamp mill.  First come and observe the massive machine that is an intrinsic part of Cave Creek’s mining history, then participate in a presentation by members of the Dream Team, sharing the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of bringing this mighty giant back to life, as told through stories and photos.



Physical Address
6140 E Skyline Drive
Cave Creek AZ 85327 (Map)
Phone: (480) 488-2764

Mailing Address
PO Box 1
Cave Creek AZ 85327

Open October through May:
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - CLOSED