As much as we love the
"American Old West"
the very things we love
about it are disappearing every day.
the stories of the old west,
straight from the
"People Who Have Kept
Spirit of the Old West Alive"
Join us as
we interview and record oral histories before
they fade away...
Our first interview is with the man
who has done the most to promote and preserve Arizona history in the
last four decades, Marshall Trimble.
Born in Ash Fork, he has lived and taught Arizona History and is
recognized as the leading authority and holds the position of Arizona
But how much do you actually know
Come sit with us for an hour or two as he tells us about his life and
did he learn so much about Arizona and what about this state has
thrilled him the most.
Here about all of the interesting characters in Arizona history he has
met and his impressions of their significance in history.
If you enjoy Arizona history this is a
must see event!
Festival of the West voted a top festival in
The Spirit of the
Old West Alive Mary Brown Interview
at Bison Western Museum
– The Spirit of the Old West Alive lecture series continues February
18th, the fifth in the series to honor people who have
“kept the spirit of the old west alive”. Mary Brown founder of
Festival of the West has certainly contributed to keeping the spirit
of the old west alive! She will join us as we discuss her life and
the last 19 years running the largest and highest rated western
festival in the country.
awarded the coveted Cowboy Spirit Award to the likes of Roy Rogers &
Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Ben Johnson, Rex Allen, Jack Palance,
Shirley Jones, and John Wayne. This year’s recipients will be Hugh
O’Brien and Rex Allen Jr. Mary’s memories of all of these
celebrities and more will fill the evening’s discussion and pictures. Many of the volunteers,
family and friends who have known Mary will be on hand to contribute
their memories as well. (
The Spirit of the
Old West Alive (SOWA) was founded by LeeAnn Sharpe with the purpose
of collecting oral histories. “Too often we see the passing of
significant people in our history without their stories being
recorded. It means so much more to hear their stories directly from
the individual. To hear their voice, to see their body language and
pick up on their personality,” Sharpe comments. These video taped
interviews will be available as DVD’s and online for research.
“We honor those
people who have impacted our western experience. Mary Brown and her
wonderful festivals have introduced western history to a whole new
generation,” Sharpe comments. “These are delightful gatherings for
anyone interested in networking in the western world.”
Museum is an excellent partner in the SOWA program as their goal is
also related to gathering history of the southwest. The lectures are
presented in their theatre seating 125 people. With the gorgeous
museum upstairs for guests to explore while enjoying a gourmet pizza
buffet from Oggi’s Pizza, evening is about as enjoyable as possible.
the event is the Wild West Gazette dedicated to promoting Arizona
history, education and tourism. Publisher Sid Hagel is designing
this year’s Festival Program. (www.wildwestgazette.com
The 100 Club, a
police support organization (www.the100club.org)
is beneficiary of SOWA ticket profits.
Museum is located at 16641 N. 91st St., Scottsdale, AZ
(just north of Bell Road) Parking is free and admission is a $15
donation to benefit our selected charities. Doors open at 5PM for
Social hour and the program will begin at 7pm and last until 9pm. (www.spiritoftheoldwestalive.com
|Thank you to all of our very special sponsors!