Museum gets penny press

The penny press offers four unique Wickenburg designs.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum welcomed its newest arrival this week – Wickenburg’s first penny press. Pressed pennies have been popular with collectors since they made their debut at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois, and DCWM continues the tradition with four designs commemorating the museum and the town of Wickenburg. Museum admission is not required to use the penny press.

DCWM is supporting the 31st annual Fiesta de Septiembre on Saturday, Sept. 7, presented by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. Fiesta de Septiembre celebrates Wickenburg’s early Hispanic pioneer families and kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona. From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center, music and dance performances will accompany an outdoor mercado with food and beverage booths, and entrants will compete for the titles of best margarita, salsa, and guacamole. The museum will present an exhibition of photographs of early Hispanic pioneer families and the Kids’ Zona, a hands-on craft area for kids of all ages, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the day’s festivities is $5 for adults, payable upon arrival at the Community Center. More information is available by contacting the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.

The “West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club” exhibition and sale continues through Sept. 29 in the museum’s learning center. The show, organized by the Wickenburg Art Club and hosted by DCWM, showcases the talents of Wickenburg’s local artists.

The art club offers free demonstrations in the Learning Center at 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the run of the show. On Sept. 7, Gayle Siegfried will demonstrate single brush painting; on Sept. 14, Marian Koegele will demonstrate oil painting; on Sept. 21, Nancy Hill will demonstrate watercolor florals; and on Sept. 28, Susan Moehring will present pastels.

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