Originally Published: June 9, 2016 9:48 p.m.
Want to know why Prescott was pertinent to the Apache Wars? Is this really the longest war in the nation’s history? How did France involve itself in the American West?
Find out at a panel discussion and interactive discussion on “Where is Western History Today?” that takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Peregrine Book Company. Four prominent historians of the west bring their knowledge and expertise to Prescott, and are open to any questions from the audience.
Something Susan Lang, Peregrine events coordinator, has puzzled over is why author Paul Hutton doesn’t make a big distinction between the two Yavapai tribes.
“That’s one of the things I want to ask him,” Lang said. “I’m just floored that they are coming here to Prescott.”
Professor Paul Andrew Hutton of the University of New Mexico, is an award-winning author, documentary writer and television personality. His newest book is “The Apache Wars.”
Robert Marshal Utley, former chief historian for the National Park Service, has published 18 books on the American West and written more than 80 articles for magazine and professional journals. His newest book is “Wanted The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly.”
Paul Hedren, retired National Park superintendent, has published extensively on South Dakota history. His most recent book, “Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War,” studies the clash between the U.S. Army and Northern Cheyenne.
Bob Boze Bell, owner/publisher of True West magazine, is a writer and illustrator of more than 10 books. He also has been involved in several Disney productions and with top producers, directors and editors.
Lang is thrilled that the top Western historians in the country are visiting Prescott.
“History buffs surely have read a lot of the earlier books. And the Apache Wars – it’s huge. It’s the longest war in American history. We’re saying the Iraq war is, but it’s the Apache Wars – depending on how you define war,” she said, adding that Prescott, or people associated with Prescott, play a part in Hutton’s book.
It is well-researched with 74 pages of notes at the end, treats everyone “evenhandedly,” and reads like a novel, Lang said.
The bookstore will accommodate a large crowd – 100 people, plus 30 standing, attended the recent event with Hotshot firefighter/author Brendan McDonough, Lang said. She expects a lot of interest for the June 11 event, including the attendance of several publishers.
“This is a really big deal,” she reiterated. “I’m just super excited.”
The Peregrine is located at 219A N. Cortez St. in Prescott. For more information, call 445-9000.