The Vanishing Trading Posts with Christine Glenn and Sandy Sunseri

Phippen Museum 4701 N Hwy 89, Prescott, AZ, United States

The stories of trading posts in the Southwest are a unique snapshot of life almost one hundred years ago. In the early 1900’s, trading posts in the Four corners flourished. There were over one hundred trading posts on the plateau, but today only five remain. Why did they vanish? The challenges and unexpected gifts of […]

Arizona Snake Oil Salesmen, Scams, and Hoaxes with Christine H. Reid

Phippen Museum 4701 N Hwy 89, Prescott, AZ, United States

Entrepreneurs offering assorted “get rich quick” schemes and “cure-alls” have visited Arizona since the early days. Benefitting from tales of abundant resources in the territory, limited law enforcement and communication, a scoundrel could create enticing promises of wealth and health without much external oversight. Newspapers often fanned the hysteria only to later denounce and expose […]

Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache Wars with Gregory McNamee

Phippen Museum 4701 N Hwy 89, Prescott, AZ, United States

Their names resound in Arizona history and pepper the of the state map, but few people know well the tangled history that surrounds the so-called “Apache Wars”, when fully half of the active U.S. Army descended on the territory to combat a relative handful of Indigenous warriors. Ironically, the Apache peoples of the Southwest had […]

The Selling of the Grand Canyon: The Santa Fe, Harvey Company and the El Tovar with John Mack

Phippen Museum 4701 N Hwy 89, Prescott, AZ, United States

This presentation discusses the significance of the American Southwest in the early 20th century when national attention shifted to the canyons and deserts of the American Southwest. Although American scientists, artists, writers, fur traders, and explorers had been visiting the Southwest since the early 19th century, the arrival of the railroads eased access which in […]

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