21st Annual Western History Symposium

Hosted by

The Phippen Museum of Western Art

August 3, 2024
9:30 – 3:30 P.M.
Phippen Museum of Western Art


Join us for a captivating journey through Western history at the Phippen Museum’s 21st Annual Western History Symposium. This exciting event features five dynamic and informative presentations by leading authors, historians, and academics, each delving into a unique aspect of Western history.

Whether you attend one presentation or stay for the entire day, the Western History Symposium promises to be an enlightening experience for history enthusiasts of all ages. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from renowned experts and immerse yourself in the stories that shaped the American West.


Five Engaging Presentations

Enjoy hourly presentations from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with a one-hour lunch break. Each session offers a deep dive into fascinating Western history topics.

Free Museum Admission

As part of the symposium, attendees can explore the Phippen Museum’s exhibits and displays at no cost. Discover the rich heritage and artistry of the American West.

Lunch on the Veranda

Support a local scout troop by purchasing lunch, available on the museum’s picturesque veranda. Enjoy a meal while taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Presentation Schedule

Doors Open: 9:00 A.M.


  • 9:30 AM: “The Founding Fathers of Prescott” – Kelly Cordes
  • 10:30 AM: “From Cucumbers to Leavensworth: Things you may not know about Sedona Schnebly” –  Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
  • 11:30 AM: Lunch Break
  • 12:30 PM: “Arizona State Parks” – Roger Naylor
  • 1:30 PM: “Southwest Train Roberries” – Doug Hocking
  • 2:30 PM: “Led Astray: Downfall of a Territorial Attorney” – Tom Collins


For additional information, please visit www.PrescottCorral.org.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: (928)778-1385

We look forward to welcoming you to the Phippen Museum for a day of historical exploration and discovery.

Bill of Faire

  • 9:30 A.M. Kelly Cordes – historian, history teacher
    “The Founding Fathers of Prescott”
    Why was Prescott settled at it’s present location? Who were the key figures who founded the town? Kelly a fourth-generation Arizonan and a native of Prescott, shares information about the early days of Prescott history.
  • 10:30 A.M. Lisa Schenbly Heidinger – author
    “From Cucumbers to Leavensworth: Things you may not know about Sedona Schnebly”
    Original family sources offer personal insight into Lisa’s great-grandparents who settled and named Sedona, AZ. Lisa has spent decades researching hrt family history.
  • 12:30 P.M. Roger Naylor – Arizona travel writer
    “Arizona State Parks”
    The entire story of Arizona can be told through its award-winning system of state parks. With Roger as your guide you’ll learn the history of our state parks and explore the diversity and treasures.
  • 1:30 P.M. Doug Hocking  – historian, author
    “Southwest Train Robberies”
    In the late 19th/ early 20th centuries, the richest towns in the west included Tombstone, Bisbee, and Silver City. Payrolls travelling by train were often the targets of outlaws. Doug tells of robberies often remarkable attempts that were seldom successful.
  • 2:30 P.M. Tom Collins – author, historian
    “Led Astray: Downfall of a Territorial Attorney”
    Territorial Prescott’s promising young attorney Charles B. Rush had everything going for him.. a family that adored him… the community admired him. As Tom explains illicit passion Destroyed Rush’s career and family.