Scottsdale Museum of the West to honor Abe Hays donation

Scottsdale's Museum of the West (photo by Bill Timmerman)

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (photo by Bill Timmerman)

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is celebrating the donation of “The A.P. Hays Spirit of the West Collection” to the museum with free admission on the evening of Oct. 27, with a special informational presentation by the collection donor Abe Hays.

The Paradise Valley resident and retired owner of Arizona West Galleries will speak on the topic of Western spurs beginning at 6:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow at 7:30 p.m.

“There have been many wonderful milestones in the museum’s young history but none as meaningful as acquiring its first major collection from Abe Hays — one of the staunchest advocates for the museum’s development since it was a dream of former Mayor Herb Drinkwater, and many other community leaders,” said museum Director and CEO Mike Fox, in a press release.

“The museum is now privileged to serve as a steward of this extraordinary collection, passionately amassed by our longstanding friend, businessman, and scholar of the West.”

Guests can receive free admission 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 27. The museum is located 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale.

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