Prescott Corral

Of Westerners International

The award winning Prescott Corral was founded in 1962 as an affiliate of Westerners International, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the real history of the American West. We currently have about 150 members.

We hold a dinner meeting the first Thursday of each month at the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott (except for the picnic in June) with a  30-40 minute presentation afterward on a selected Western History topic. These programs are very popular, with usually 60 to 100 members and guests attending. See The Roundup for details.

THE ROUNDUP is the monthly flyer/newsletter announcing the dinner and the program for the evening as well as comments by the Sheriff, welcome to new members and other club news.

The TERRITORIAL TIMES is a publication of the Prescott Corral, dealing mostly with Arizona territorial and early statehood history. Go to the TT page for details on back issues and how to get  the latest one.

The WESTERN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM is conducted annually by members of the Prescott Corral and invited speakers in conjunction with The Sharlot Hall Museum.  Go to the Symposium page for details of the 2014 program.

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Contact Information and Posse

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Prescott Corral Posse for 2013:


Sheriff: Tom Collins…………………………...……

Deputy Sheriff: Brad Courtney …………………..…

Trail Boss: Bob Galloway    …………………..…..…

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft……………...……


Past Sheriff, 2013: Dana Sharp

Past Sheriff, 2012: Cindy Gresser           


Appointed positions

Symposium Coordinator: Fred Veil…………………...fveil@cableone,net

Westerners International Liaison: Al Bates…………

Historian: Bruce Fee ……………………………………(no e-mail)

Recorder of Marks & Brands: Donna Sherwin …

Roundup Editor: Donna Sherwin…………….………

Swamper: Barbara Inman.………………………….…

Byteslinger: Russ Sherwin…………………………

Contact Information:


Mailing Address:

Prescott Corral of Westerners International,

P. O. Box 11086,

Prescott, Arizona, 86304-1086


Contact the Prescott Corral by e-mail:


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Monthly Dinner Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014, Hassayampa Inn, Marina Room

122 E Gurley St, 86301 Prescott, AZ, 86301 928-778-9434



Dinner Menu: Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings

Desert: Pumpkin pie


5:15 PM Doors open for social hour  Please do not arrive before 5 pm!

All times are approximate and will vary somewhat from meeting to meeting

6:00 PM — Business Meeting

6:15 PM — Dinner ($24/person)

7:00 PM — 2013 Westerners International Awards presentation followed by the after dinner Speaker’s Program

Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation


“Membership in the Prescott Corral shall be open to persons sincerely interested in the history and traditions of the West regardless of race, creed, color, marital status, sex or national origin. The term “West” is broadly used to cover the geographic area West of the Mississippi River.”


             From Bylaws, Article III, Membership

             Articles of Incorporation and 501 (c) (3) registration.


If you are interested in membership in the Prescott Corral, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back.

Past Sheriff 2012:
Cindy Gresser.

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft

Bruce Fee

Recorder of Marks & Brands and Byteslinger:
Russ Sherwin

Westerners Int’l Liaison, editor of Territorial Times: Al Bates

Roundup Publisher
Donna Sherwin


Symposium Coordinator:
Fred Veil

Trail Boss:
Bob Galloway

Barbara Inmann



The Members Directory is updated as members change their information and new members are added. We try to keep this current, so please make sure that the Byteslinger and the Keeper of the Chips both have your correct address, phone number and email.  See the contact information below for e-mails and phone numbers. Find the directory in the Back Room. A password is required. If you are a member and don’t have a password to the Back Room, contact Russ Sherwin at or 928-717-0931.

We encourage members to give us ideas of what they would like to see on the website and contribute material to it. The main purpose of the website is to give the Prescott Corral an internet presence and to provide a searchable archive for our club publication, the Territorial Times. In addition we promote the Western History Symposium, the Sharlot Hall Museum, The Phippen Museum, the Smoki Museum and other historical activities in which we are involved.


The Roundup

The monthly dinner meeting is for Members and invited guests. Use the dinner sign-up coupon mailed to you with your copy of the ROUNDUP, or CLICK HERE to print one out from this website. Dinners are $24 per person. All checks for events and dinners must be received no later than one week prior to the event. For reservation changes or late signups, please call Jack Hoeft @ 928-541-9421. He will try to accommodate you but we cannot guarantee that late changes will be possible. Make checks payable to Westerners and mail to Keeper of the Chips at the Mailing Address in the Information box below.

Special Announcements

Prescott Corral Wins Prestigious Awards

We have won Westerners International’s most prestigious award for 2013, the “Co-Founders Heads-Up Award” (for the eighth time since 1970). This annual award goes to the outstanding corral world-wide based on programs, membership, publications, activities and community contributions. 


Our efforts included the Tenth Annual History Symposium and the second year producing The Daily Courier’s “Days Past” Sunday feature, both in
cooperation with Sharlot Hall Museum; issues 12 and 13 of the Territorial Times Magazine with historical articles about the real west; 12 issues of the RoundUp; outstanding monthly dinner programs; contributions to local museums at Museum Night and continuation of the Corral’s Website.


Also, Prescott Westerner Al Bates won a 3rd-place award in the 2013 international competition for his Corral presentation, “Prescott’s 1898 Railroad War.” These awards will be presented at the November 6, 2014 dinner meeting prior to the speaker presentation.


Prescott Corral and “Day’s Past”

“Day’s Past,” the weekly historical article in the Daily Courier, is now a collaborative project of the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Corral. Watch for future articles by some of our members. We welcome contributions from anyone with an interesting, historic topic. If you have material you think would make a good Days Past article, please contact Deputy Sheriff, Brad Courtney (


We welcome new members and one of the ways you can help get them is to promote the Prescott Corral when appropriate in conversations with people you meet. Give them the website address, and encourage them to visit it. Encourage them to come to a dinner as your guest (making sure that you and they understand that the cost is $24 per person). We also encourage members to step up and help with the organization and running of the club. Contact the Sheriff to see what needs to be done and to volunteer your services.



If you are interested in Western history, you might be interested in membership in the Prescott Corral. If so, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back. See also Contact Info below if you wish to talk to a live person.

2014 Sheriff: 
Tom Collins

Past Sheriff 2013:
Dana Sharp

The ROUNDUP, our club newsletter and announcements of upcoming events, is published and mailed to members around the middle of each month. Click here for the current issue. Roundup for October, 2014

After Dinner Program


“The Founding of Everybody’s Hometown”

Speaker—Kelly Cordes

Prescott’s history has many fascinating aspects that will be expounded upon: how Prescott got its name; creation of the Arizona Territory from the New Mexico Territory; how the first territorial officials got their positions; establishing Fort Whipple; laying out the town; leading miners that came into the Bradshaw Mountains; difficulties with the natives and geographic challenges to the settlers.

Kelly is 4th generation in the original Cordes family that settled in the Cordes Junction area in 1883. A 1973 Prescott H.S. graduate, he is in his 33rd year of teaching, including 25 years teaching U.S. History at Prescott’s Granite Mountain Middle School.

The Prescott Courthouse Square Bandstand was the subject of a talk by Don Larry at the 11th annual Western History Symposium, August 2, 2014. See the Symposium page for details.

2014 Deputy Sheriff: 
Brad Courtney