Arizona pioneers told their stories in diaries, letters, and memoirs. Arizona historian Jim Turner will tell some of their stories for the November Wednesday Hardscrabble at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum in Miami, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m.
This presentation is a part of the Arizona Speaks program of the Arizona Humanities. Jim will include passages from Martha Summerhayes’s beloved Vanished Arizona and Captain John Bourke’s On the Border with Crook, Susan Clardy’s Sometimes the Blues, plus biographies of Hopi and Pima women describing their lives and feelings. He will also look at fiction, including Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, and contemporary authors like Marguerite Noble’s Filaree and Nancy Turner’s These is My Words. Richly illustrated with historic photographs and artwork, this presentation gives audiences a personal understanding of what life was like for Native Americans and pioneer emigrants in Arizona.
Jim Turner has been an Arizona resident since 1951 and earned his masters degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona in 1999. He retired as historian for the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 to write Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State. He has been an Arizona historian since 1976 and is now an author and editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers, speaker for Arizona Humanities and various retirement communities. Jim has written four books for Rio Nuevo Publishers and is currently working on a book about Hollywood Cowboys that includes Tom Mix Gene Autry, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Matt Dillon, and the Cartwrights.
Wednesday Hardscrabble programs are always free. They are co-hosted by the Gila County Historical Museum in Globe, and Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum in Miami.