may 4, 2016

Cave Creek Museum ends season in May with special programs and events

Vino & Canvas at Museum Photo by Evelyn Johnson

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is proud to offer several special programs and events throughout the month of May. Start the month making crafts during a family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree, learn about Cave Creek’s Tuberculosis camps during a “History Highlights” program, see how the massive Stamp Mill crushes rocks in search for gold, and much more.

Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 29. The May event schedule follows:

Saturday, May 14
It’s a Dry Heat: The Era of Cave Creek’s Tuberculosis Camps
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For several decades, Cave Creek played host to hundreds of health-seeking victims of lung ailments, such as TB, pleurisy, as well as mustard gas damage from the trenches of WWI. Where were the camps? What was life like in them? How did the citizens of Cave Creek react to the “lungers?” How many died and how many lived? Join Museum executive director Evelyn Johnson and docent Stephanie Bradley for this History Highlights program. Reservations are requested.

Sunday, May 15 Historic Stamp Mill Demonstration
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m - Free outside demonstration. See this historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The Museum is particularly pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain.

Wednesday, May 18 Vino & Canvas
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The painting class for adults includes all materials and libations. Tickets are $35, with $15 being donated to the Museum. Seating is limited. Register at 

Sunday, May 29
Final Day of the Season
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a last look at this season’s exhibits.
For more information, call (480) 488-2764, or visit