Originally Published: July 13, 2018 6 a.m.
Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne. What do these famous characters have in common?
“They’re not who we think they are when we recall the legends that have grown up around them,” said Edd Kellerman, marketing and communications at the Phippen Museum.
Find out what the myths and legends are surrounding these folk heroes at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Phippen Museum, 4701 Highway 89 in Prescott.
From dime novels of the 1860s to books, movies, and television shows, writers have continually altered, exaggerated and sometimes even lied about these larger-than-life figures. In the movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” for instance, one will hear, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” Kellerman said in his press release.
Author and historian Jim Turner will present “Myths and Legends,” exploring and examining why these legends grew and how they impact people’s view of the past and how they build the future.
This presentation is offered in collaboration with Arizona Humanities’ Speaker’s Bureau, AZ Speaks free of charge for museum members and for guests with paid general admission. Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Turner worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the fourth-grade textbook, “The Arizona Story,” and a pictorial history book, “Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State,” which was a 2012 Southwest Books of the Year selection.
Turner, a Tucson resident, has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 40 years. He currently is author/editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers, and author of “The Mighty Colorado from the Glaciers to the Gulf and Crater Lake and Beyond.”
The Phippen Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the museum’s permanent displays, its current exhibitions include Cool, Cool Water through July 22, and New Acquisitions to the Phippen through Aug. 12.