Western History Symposium

Western History SymposiumAn Overview

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Louis Victor Eytinge:
Arizona Territory’s Greatest Con Man
 (9:30 a.m.)

A swindler, liar and playboy whose criminal resume included a murder that landed him in Yuma Territorial Prison in 1907. Who was this man and how did he become Yuma’s most infamous inmate, celebrated around the country as an author and public speaker, a genius in direct mail advertising and an expert on prison reform? — Leo Banks

Rowdy, a Brave Yavapai Scout (10:30 a.m.)

There are old Scouts and there are bold Scouts, but there are no old, bold Scouts. Medal of Honor recipient Rowdy was thought of as one of the boldest and most trusted Indian Scouts, at a time when all were defamed as “injuns” or lumped into a derogatory “Apache.” — Doug Hocking

Lost Ranches of Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley, 1854-1861 (1 p.m.)

Shortly after the Gadsden Purchase, Americans began establishing ranches, mines and military posts in southern Arizona. By 1861, however, most of these settlements were deserted in in ruins. Learn about the pre-Territorial days of Santa Cruz and Sonoita Creek valleys in southern Arizona. — Dr. C. Gilbert Storms

“Nevertheless She Persisted!” — Women Who Made a Difference on the Arizona Frontier (2 p.m.)

From artists and healers, teachers and entrepreneurs, women who plowed the land and those instrumental in establishing laws for the new territory, frontier women contributed greatly to the settlement and development of the Arizona Territory. Learned about an amazing group of women who persisted and persevered in their quest to explore, discover and conquer new lands. — Jan Cleere

“On Wings of Paper Eagles” — The American Indian Reservation Experience (3 p.m.)

The concept of “reserving” land for Native Americans had beed established by treaties and other paper documents that defined a tribe’s homeland or territory. A political and legal history of the American Indian Reservation, where 22% of these people live in places defined as reservations or U.S. trust lands, and their future continues to be carried on winds of change beneath the wings of paper eagles. — Dr. Sandra Lynch

Mickey Free and the Apache Wars (7:15 p.m. after dinner)

The kidnapping of a teen-age boy precipitated the longest war in American history. Both sides — Apache and white invaders – blamed him for a war that had its beginning in 1861 and its end in 1890 with Mickey Free and his pursuit of the renegade scout ‘Apache Kid.’ — Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton

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