Originally Published: August 4, 2009 10:46 p.m.
The 6th annual Western History Symposium in Prescott Saturday will feature real-life accounts of famous and not-so-famous people who helped shape Arizona's history.
"Our mission is to present authentic history of the American West," explained Westerners International member Fred Veil, who originally conceived of the symposium. His family's Arizona history dates back to 1866.
The free symposium runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St.
The presentations include:
10 a.m. - "In Search of Tom Horn" by Larry Ball, who has searched for the truth about an enigmatic figure of Western lore.
11 a.m. - "Col. Benjamin Grierson in Arizona Territory" by Bruce Dinges, telling the story of Grierson and the Buffalo Soldiers at Prescott's Ft. Whipple in 1885-86.
1:30 p.m. - "In Their Own Words" by Reba Wells Grandrud, about the overland diaries of women who helped settle the West.
2:30 p.m. - "Alexander Brodie" by Charles Herner, about an Arizona Rough Rider and the territory's 15th governor.
3:30 p.m. - "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" by John Langellier and Sandra Lynch, about Yavapai Indian Mike Burns.
Rough Riders re-enactors will set up an encampment on the museum grounds throughout the day, and volunteer re-enactors will staff the historic buildings throughout the museum campus.
And for the first time this year, the symposium will feature an evening program. Jack Ziegler will discuss the life and achievements of the legendary John Wayne.
The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel St. Michael on Whiskey Row. While the 7:30 p.m. presentation is free, those interested in dinner should have sent $23 by Monday to the Westerners.
The Prescott Corral of the Westerners International is presenting the symposium with the support of the museum and grants from the Arizona Humanities Council. The historical societies of Skull Valley and Prescott Valley, as well as the Arizona Rough Riders Historical Association, also are participating.