What History Taught Me
- Published April 22, 2014
- Written by Victoria Wilcox
What most don’t know about Doc Holliday is that he didn’t go west for his health. Some report he left Georgia because of a wandering spirit, or, as Bat Masterson wrote in Human Life magazine, because of a quick trigger finger. If he were seeking a health resort, Georgia was full of them, and famous for a few. So something else must have sent him west. Bat’s story seems most likely to me.
- Published March 18, 2014
- Written by Thomas Brent Smith
What most folks don’t know about Maynard Dixon is he spent most of his life and career in the metropolitan art center of San Francisco.
- Published March 18, 2013
- Written by David Turk
The most interesting territorial deputy U.S. marshal is a tie between Bass Reeves and Bill Tilghman. Reeves went from slave to lawman, spending a long, 32-year career with the marshals. Tilghman, although truly exceptional in his duties, never attained the appointed rank of U.S. marshal due to the politics of the era.
- Published February 11, 2014
- Written by Dave Stamey
The problem with most people today is they are not connected in any real way with their geography. They don’t appreciate where they live; they don’t look up to see the mountains around them, or the plains, or desert. They have been consumed by the great stripmalling of America.
- Published February 11, 2013
- Written by Candy Moulton
What nobody knows is that my executive director’s retreat is the homestead cabin my Belgian grandmother first lived in when coming to America. It is a place of family heritage that nurtures my interest in preserving stories of the West.
- Published December 09, 2013
- Written by Robert G. McCubbin
I started collecting because I liked to read and wanted to keep every book and not have to return it to a library. My first book collection was Hardy Boys.
- Published December 10, 2012
- Written by Lee Anderson
The secret to training a horse is absolute trust. Being a prey animal, horses, by nature, fear humans. We are predators and, without trust, a horse will always be “on edge.” They are big, powerful and quick, and more concerned with their welfare than yours.
- Published November 05, 2013
- Written by Christopher Price
The largest Civil War engagement within Indian Territory was the battle at Honey Springs, an important stopping point on the Texas Road, a major route between Kansas and Texas. Indian men fought as members of national regiments (Union and Confederate),
- Published September 29, 2013
- Written by John Goodwin
Nobody knows that an average of 14,500 Boy Scouts used to earn the Reading Merit Badge every year for the first 100 years of Boy Scouts. By 2011, it was under 5,900 and dropping. I’m working on a project to improve literacy by getting Boy Scouts to earn the Reading Merit Badge.
- Published September 02, 2012
- Written by Dr. Buck Montgomery
The secret to producing festivals is the “Disneyland Theory”—always offer something different for your guests to experience every year. Walt changed attractions; I change performers and shows to keep it fresh!