Radisson Woodlands Hotel

Flagstaff, Arizona

April 21 - 23, 2005


Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Convention Sponsors

THURSDAY, April 21

Pre-conference Workshops:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Oral History Workshop. Location: Radisson Woodlands Hotel, Humphrey Room.

Sponsored by the Coordinating Committee for History in Arizona (CCHA) & Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA). Conducted by Melanie Sturgeon, director of the ASLAPR History and Archives Division; Scott Thompson, historian at Statistical Research, Inc.; and Catherine May, Salt River Project archivist, this workshop is designed for individuals (professional and non-professional) who have little experience/training in oral history interviewing or have begun/want to begin an oral history project. Through hands-on and interactive excercises, the workshop covers basic information and issues.
Registration fee: $35.00 (meal not included).
Registration deadline: April 8. Mail checks to: CCHA-Oral History Workshop, P.O. Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302.
For information contact, Catherine May, (602) 236-6750,; or Melanie Sturgeon (602) 542-4159,

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Historic Preservation 101. Location: Radisson Woodlands Hotel, Mt. Elden Room.

Sponsored by Arizona Preservation Foundation (APF), this workshop is designed for professionals and non-professionals who have little or no experience in historic preservation or who want to begin a historic preservation project. Professionals from the private and public sector will disseminate information on National Register of Historic Places, Secretary of Interior, SHPO, and local topics (researching a historic property, preservation/designation process, and preservation techniques/resources. Registration fee: $15.00 (meal not included). Registration deadline: April 8. Mail checks to: Arizona Preservation Foundation. Attn. Vince Murray, P.O. Box 13492, Phoenix, AZ 85002. For information contact, Vince Murray, (480) 227-8173,

3:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m. – Conference Registration. Location: Radisson Woodlands Hotel Lobby.

Booksellers set up. Location: Coconino Room.

6:00 p.m. Reception. Location: Ashurst Hall, NAU.

6:30 p.m. Westerners Dinner. Location: Ashurst Hall, NAU. Hosted by Flagstaff Corral of The Westerners.

Welcome: John Haeger, president, Northern Arizona University.

Speaker: James Peshlakai, Resident Navajo Elder for Native American Students at NAU.

FRIDAY, April 22

7:30 a.m.--5:00 p.m. - Registration. Location: Radisson Woodlands Hotel Lobby.

Book Displays. Location: Coconino Room.

8:15 a.m.-- Opening Ceremony. Location: Canyon & Kaibab Rooms

8:30 a.m.--9:45 a.m.

Session 1A: - Plenary Session. Location: Canyon & Kaibab Rooms

The First Annual McFarland Forum: "Arizona at a Conservation Crossroads"

10:00 a.m.--11:15 a.m.

Session 2A: - When Hollywood Discovered Northern Arizona. Location: Kaibab Room

Chair: Sherry Mangum, Flagstaff.

Session 2B: - Flagstaff on the Move. Location: San Francisco Room

Chair: Bill Lyon, Northern Arizona University.

Session 2C: - Economic Development in Territory and State. Location: Kachina Room

Chair: George Hartz, Scottsdale.

Noon--1:30 p.m. - Arizona Historical Society Al Merito Luncheon. Location: Canyon & Kaibab Rooms.

2:00 p.m.--3:15 p.m.

Session 3A: - Preserving and Using Arizona's Natural Resources. Location: Kaibab Room.

Chair: James LaBar, Arizona State University.

Session 3B: - Image and Reality of John Wesley Powell. Location: San Francisco Room.

Chair: Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University.

Session 3C: - Outlaws, Soldiers, and Cowboys on the 19th Century Arizona Frontier. Location: Kachina Room.

Chair: Zeke Austin, Show Low.

3:30 p.m.--4:45 p.m.

Session 4A: - Redefining 20th-Century Landscapes. Location: Kaibab Room.

Chair: Paul Hirt, Arizona State University.

Session 4B: - Adventures on the Colorado River. Location: San Francisco Room.

Chair: James M. Aton, Southern Utah University.

Session 4C: - Enjoy a Commodious Ride: The Southern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroads in Territorial Southern Arizona. Location: Canyon Room.

Chair: Robert Trennert, Arizona State University.

Session 4D: - Friends of Arizona Archives (FAzA). Location: Kachina Room.

"Arizona's Archival Treasures: Mining and Labor Collections"

5:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m. Reception and Open House. Riordan State Park.

Vans will pick up and return attendees to the hotel.

SATURDAY, April 23

8:00 a.m.--noon. - Registration. Location: Radisson Woodlands Hotel Lobby.

Book Displays. Location: Coconino Room.

8:30 a.m.--9:45 a.m.

Session 5A: - Historic Trails of Northern Arizona. Location: Kaibab Room.

Chair: Reba Wells Grandrud, Phoenix.

Session 5B: - Between the Wars: WWI and After. Location: San Francisco Room.

Chair: Anne I. Woosley, Arizona Historical Society.

Session 5C: - Beyond the Earps: Intriguing Arizonans. Location: Kachina Room.

Chair: Jack Pfister, Arizona State University.

10:00 a.m.--11:15 a.m.

Session 6A: - McFarland Student Scholar Session. Location: Kaibab Room.

High school students present their prize-winning Arizona history essays.

Session 6B: - Views of the Colorado River. Location: San Francisco Room.

Chair: Jack L. August, Jr., Arizona Historical Foundation.

Session 6C: - Northern Arizona Cavalcade. Location: Kachina Room.

Chair: Susan Olberding, Museum of Northern Arizona.

Noon--1:30 a.m. - Luncheon. Location: Kaibab & Canyon Rooms.

Speaker: Ken Travois, Arizona State Parks, "Kartchner Caverns: The Code of Secrecy"

2:00 p.m.-- 3:30 p.m.

Session 7A: - Trails and Surveys. Location: Kaibab Room.

Chair: Richard Lynch, Scottsdale.

Session 7B: - Activism and Community. Location: San Francisco Room.

Chair: Eric Meeks, Northern Arizona University.

Session 7C: - Pioneer Prescott. Location: Kachina Room.

Chair: Melissa Ruffner, Prescott.

2:00 p.m.-- 4:30 p.m. - Field Trips. Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Flagstaff. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Richard and Sherry Mangum will introduce attendees to Flagstaff's historic downtown. Transportation from the Radisson Woodlands Hotel will be provided. AHS Pioneer Museum/Museum of Northern Arizona Tour. 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff will guide attendees through the facilities and collections of the AHS Pioneer Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Transportation from the Radisson Woodlands Hotel will be provided.

6:00 p.m. - No-host cocktails. Location: Kaibab & Canyon Rooms.

7:00 p.m. - Awards Banquet. Location: Kaibab & Canyon Rooms.

9:00 p.m. - Lowell Observatory Tour. Following the banquet, attendees are invited to tour Lowell Observatory and (weather permitting) view the stars. Transportation from the hotel will be provided. Please dress warmly (jacket and gloves).

SUNDAY, April 24 -

Accommodations: Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 West Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001. $69.00, plus tax, single or double. $10.00 for each extra person. Make reservations by April 5. (928) 773-8888, or 1-(800)-333-3333. Please identify yourself as attending the Arizona History Convention.

For conference information call Nancy Stonehouse or Bruce Dinges at (520) 628-5774. Or, visit our website: