Sheriff's Notes

Looking Ahead - August 4

Time continues to be a challenge. Not enough of it, with too many challenges pulling at it.  One minute it’s June with the glorious days of Summer ahead of us — time for vacation travel,
backyard parties with family and friends, free time to write and paint (or whatever hobby floats your boat), and simply relaxing on the deck with a cold one in-hand — and Woosh! It’s gone. It’s suddenly September and the three months are a blur in our memory.

By now, we’ve enjoyed the July excitement of Rodeo, the August Western History Symposium
and the Cowboy Poets Gathering, plus the savory tastings and samplings of Sharlot’s Cellar
(the old WineFest at Sharlot Hall Museum), and the fabulous artists’ fundraiser for the Phippen Museum held on the Courthouse Plaza. Within days of our next Westerners gathering we’ll enjoy the PowWow sponsored by the Museum of Indigenous People and the Prescott Indian Art Market sponsored by Sharlot Hall Museum. It’s been a busy Summer, now a blur sprinkled with the much-needed monsoon rains that have been missing these past few years.

As devotees of Western history, many Corral members know there’s a new twist coming
for the Arizona History Convention. The three-day event is set for April 13-15, next
year at the Tempe History Museum and Library Complex. A “Call for Papers” and
program suggestions was announced recently by Heidi Osselaer, executive director for
AHC, long-time friend of the Prescott Corral and frequent presenter at the Western
History Symposium. Deadline for all paper and session submissions is September 30,
and can be submitted online at

The three-day conference will be a hybrid — sessions held both in-person and online, allowing
presenters and attendees to choose how they wish to participate. Proposals for papers and
presentations are welcome on any topic related to Arizona or southwestern borderlands history.

Sessions are planned for 90-minutes in length allowing for three presentations of an expanded 25-minute time segment… and each of these sessions will be available in-person AND online. Again, deadline for submission of all presentations, workshops and papers is September 30, so get your quills aquiverin’ and let’s showcase the literary and historic research prowess of our esteemed Prescott Corral of Westerners members.

Arizona History Convention - April 2023

The Prescott Corral has long been recognized as one of the largest (in membership) and most recognized of Westerns International local groups.  Many of our members have participated in the programs of the Arizona History Convention, and have been honored for their contributions to the preservation of Arizona History.

The 64th convention will be held April 13-15, 2023, at the Tempe History Museum and Library Complex in Tempe, Arizona.  A featured event will be the plenary (opening) session on Friday afternoon with Maurice Crandall making the keynote presentation.

A CALL FOR PAPERS invites proposals for papers and presentations on any topic related to Arizona or Southwestern borderlands history.  Deadline for submission is September 30, 2022.  Notification of acceptance will be sent in late October.  Please note that submitting an abstract for the 2023 Arizona History Convention verifies the presenter’s commitment to attend and register for the conference should their presentation be selected for the program.

Sessions at the AHC are 90 minutes in length and usually consist of three individual paper presentations, grouped by subject matter, allowing for a maximum of 25 minutes for each presenter.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted at: or visit the Arizona History Convention website.  

Wish List
  • Seeking a Corral Historian — Your help is needed in video recording the monthly Corral meetings.  We have the technology — but we need someone with a flair for capturing it.  Contact the Sheriff for details — 928-830-8236.
  • Trail Boss and Swamper — Bret and Dee Carls are not leaving, but they’re wanting to step back after eight years of being Trail Boss and Swamper, and let someone else enjoy the task beginning next year.  Contact the Sheriff for details.
  • Future Speakers Encouraged — We know you’re busy… that you’re involved in many other activities, and are exposed to a lot of presentations.  If you find one that might be good for our dinner meetings, let us know.  Both Sheriff Ken and Deputy Sheriff Kathy are planning now for the Fall and Winter ’22 season as well as all of 2023.
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