Jim Turner

Join us Monday, March 13, 10 a.m., to learn about four centuries of Arizona history from Arizona history expert Jim Turner, starting with Hopi and Navajo mythology, followed by Coronado’s search for the Seven Cities of Gold. Learn how Arizona and Tucson got their names and all about the Golden Age of Spanish ranching.

Travel back to the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush and the U.S. Army camel expedition, and hear the tales of the “Legend of the Red Ghost.” And, of course, no Arizona history is complete without the Legend of Wyatt Earp and how the railroad impacted Arizona. Finally, learn about the Navajo Code Talkers and how a boy from Douglas, Arizona came to write the song Ghost Riders in the Sky.

Jim Turner’s family moved to Tucson in 1951 because of his asthma. He earned his master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona in
1999 and has been teaching and writing about Arizona for almost fifty years. He retired from the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 and worked as an author/editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers until March 2020. He has authored or co-authored seven books about Arizona. His latest,
Arizona: A History of the Grand Canyon State, includes biographies of Barry Goldwater and Sandra Day O’Connor and contains more historic images than any other Arizona history book ever published.


Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.