City of Sedona Landmark No. 15
Harold and Christine Strohm built their Old-West style building and opened "Museum, Et Cetera" to showcase their collection of antiques.
The Strohms name the building 'Pushmataha' after a Choctaw Chief. It means "He has won all the honors of his race."
The building is part of the story of commercial development in Sedona in the 1960s.
In 1993, Susan Coleman donated Pushmataha to Keep Sedona Beautiful, to preseve the parcel as it is. The deed restricts the building's use to "environmental purposes."
The Pushmataha Center
KSB Garden Inside of Room
Front Territorial Porch
Keep Sedona Beautiful is headquartered in the Pushmataha Center at 360 Brewer Road.
YOUR GROUP CAN USE the Pushmataha Center. Click here for the "terms of agreement" and contract. The rates are on the contract. The room will hold between 70-130 people depending on if tables are used or not. We have 10 tables and chairs for 90. The KSB grounds consist of three acres replete with native plants,a garden path, and outside deck. On-site parking for approzimately 35 cars. Two bathrooms, one ADA equipped. Use for family gatherings, meetings, workshops.
KSB property becomes a Certified Wildlife Habitat!
The National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) has selected the property surrounding Keep Sedona Beautiful's historical Pushmataha building (Sedona Historical Landmark No. 15, located at 360 Brewer Road) as a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat! To qualify for this prestigous designation, the property must demonstrate an abundance of native plants, trees, available food sources, a water source, cover and nesting sites, attract a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, while helping to protect our local environment.
Spearheaded by volunteers Jolene Pierson, Dave Norton and Bill Pumphrey, the KSB Garden will soon be an outdoor venue for various programs. KSB applied for the designation as a compliment to the current Coleman-Black Garden Project. The vision of this garden also includes pathways, serenity resting areas, and an educational component.
Who is Pushmataha?
Pushmataha, a Native American Chief of the Choctaw Nation, was a warrior, diplomat and gifted negotiator. He effectively confronted a rapidly changing era caused by the ever-expanding European and American presence. In this same spirit of leadership and diplomacy, Keep Sedona Beautiful works to fulfill its mission in the face of an ever changing cultural and economic landscape.
Few Choctaws from the early 1800s are better known than Pushmataha. He negotiated several well-publicized treaties with the United States, led Choctaws in support of the Americans during the War of 1812, is mentioned in nearly all histories of the Choctaws, is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and, in April 2001, a new Pushmataha portrait was unveiled to hang in the Hall of Fame of the State of Mississippi in the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Early twentieth-century ethnologist John Swanton referred to Pushmataha as the greatest of all Choctaw chiefs.
What is known about him suggests that Pushmataha was an exceptional man and charismatic leader. He had deep roots in the ancient Choctaw world, a world characterized by spiritual power and traditional notions of culture. In addition, Pushmataha effectively confronted a rapidly changing era caused by the ever-expanding European and American presence.
Painting of Pushmataha
by Charles Bird King, 1824