The sound of the bugle is calling for volunteers who enjoy military and regional history! Located at the Bob Stump Veterans Administration Center in Prescott, Ft. Whipple was constructed in 1864 as a United States Army post. The fort served as a tactical base for the United States Cavalry during the Indian Wars of 1864 to 1882, when it was also the information and entertainment center of the Prescott area. The historic structure also served as a military hospital during World War I and World War II.
Today, Ft. Whipple Museum is managed by Sharlot Hall Museum. The historic building remains in its original footprint, as do the former officers quarters nearby which are now used by VA personnel. Ft. Whipple Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The all-volunteer staff gives visitors the Fort’s historical background as they tour the first and second floors with exhibits and notable architecture. During Spring, Summer and Fall, volunteers and Museum staff also gather for the Frontier Arizona Experience, a monthly program that gives insight to what military life was like in early Prescott.
The Museum is now in need of volunteers to man Ft. Whipple and/or participate in the monthly Frontier Arizona Experience programs. If you are interested in area or military history, please call us today or come to Ft. Whipple Museum on Monday, October 21. While not open to the public that day, the Museum will be hosting a meet and greet for those interested in volunteering, beginning at 10 a.m. Please RSVP by calling 928-445-3122.