Our Stories Speaker Series presents Arizona historian Jim Turner, who takes a look at popular myths like Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne. What do these famous characters have in common? They are not who we think they are because of the legends that have grown up around them. From 1860s dime novels to books, movies and television shows, writers have altered, exaggerated and sometimes lied about these folk heroes. In “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the editor says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
Join us at the Chandler Sunset Library for Arizona’s Wild Myths and Legends, Saturday May 19 at 10:30 a.m., and examine how legends grew and how they impact how we view the past, act in the present and build the future.
Interested in similar programs about local history? Check out Skirting the Law: Crime History in Chandler at Chandler Basha Library on Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Interested in reading about Arizona history? Check out these suggested books:
It Happened in Arizona: Remarkable Events That Shaped History by James A. Crutchfield
Arizona Legends and Lore: Tales of Southwestern Pioneers by Dorothy Daniels Anderson
Arizona Trails & Tales: True Adventures in Arizona's Old West by Charles D. Lauer
Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen: Gunslingers, Bandits, Heroes and Peacekeepers by Marshall Trimble
Levi's & Lace : Arizona Women Who Made History by Jan Cleere