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2023 Arizona History Convention

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Arizona History Convention

Holds its First Hybrid Conference

April 13-15, 2023

This year’s lineup will feature nearly 100 presenters speaking on a wide range of topics including climate change and the environment, civil rights and citizenship, race and gender, Arizona’s Indigenous people, historic preservation, border policy and immigration, the state’s musical and photographic heritage, law and politics, urban development, and boosterism.

Scholars from universities in Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, California, and New York, as well as local avocational historians, archivists, museum professionals, and librarians will be presenting their latest findings.

The online portion of the program will be held April 13 and 14; the in-person conference will take place Saturday April 15 at the Tempe Community Center, located on the southwest corner of Rural and Southern.

The full program and registration information are now available on our website:

For more information or to arrange an interview, please email us at or contact Ken Leja at (928) 830-8236

Here are a few highlights from this year’s program:

  • Shelly Lowe, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and citizen of the Navajo Nation, will give the keynote address.
  • Dr. Maurice Crandall, Arizona State University and a citizen of the Yavapai-Apache Nation of Camp Verde, will give the plenary speech, titled, “Voices from the Past, Lessons for the Future: Indigenous Arizona.” His talk is sponsored by ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
  • Experts will discuss two of Arizona’s most notorious cold cases—the Wickenburg Massacre and the Don Bolles murder investigation.
  • We’ll be screening three documentary films providing new perspectives on some of Arizona’s iconic roads, including a new PBS series:

“Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road”

  • Many award-winning authors will be presenting, including:

John Boessenecker, Wildcat: The Untold Story of Pearl Hart, the Wild West's Most Notorious Woman Bandit

Jim Kristofic, Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School

James McGrath Morris, Tony Hillerman: A Life

Tom Zoellner, Rim to River: Looking into the Heart of Arizona

Wynne Brown, The Forgotten Botanist: Sarah Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art

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University of Kansas | History Department

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Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!