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Sat, Oct. 19

Free Western History Symposium is Saturday

PRESCOTT, Arizona - The free annual Western History Symposium always draws a crowd to its variety of accurate portrayals of territorial Arizona.

This year it takes place all day Saturday at the historic Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St.

It features five presentations during the day and an evening presentation, discussing everything from Arizona's deadliest shootout to the popularity of military theatre.

Two of the presenters won honors as best territorial paper (Jewel on the Courthouse Plaza) and best overall paper (The Power Cabin Shootout) at the recent Arizona History Convention in Prescott. Their presentations are being sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Another about the Medals of Honor given to Arizonans relates to a traveling exhibit that will stop at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott next May, noted symposium organizer and museum Director Fred Veil.

The museum and Prescott Corral of Westerners are presenting the 11th annual symposium.

The annual Sharlot Hall Award also will be given out during the symposium to a woman who has made valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona history.

Following are brief descriptions of the presentations provided by the symposium. For longer descriptions, go online to and click on Western History Symposium.

• 9:30 a.m. - "Jewel on the Courthouse Plaza" by Don Larry. Prescott's bandstand was witness to the city's brass band legacy and its cultural heritage.

• 10:30 a.m. - "Along the California Trail" by Jay Cravath. Ancient Indian paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major travel artery through Arizona in its earliest days.

• 1 p.m. - "The Power Cabin Shootout" by Heidi Osselaer. Arizona's deadliest gunfight did not take place on the streets of Tombstone, but in 1918 in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains.

• 2 p.m. - "Mining in Yavapai County" by Bill Hawes. Yavapai County's early growth and development owes much to its rich ore deposits.

• 3 p.m. - "Arizona and the Medal of Honor" by John Langellier. The stories of brave men who won our highest military award for valor during Indian Wars in Arizona and subsequent foreign conflicts.

• 7:15 p.m. - "Military Theatre in Territorial Arizona" by Thomas & Wendy Collins. This lively Readers Theatre presentation portrays amateur theatre at Prescott's Fort Whipple and other posts.

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