Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day; longer walking opportunities available around downtown area and Courthouse Square; slightly hilly city blocks. Shuttle available for those that don't want to walk.
In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a buffet meal featuring a variety of hot and cold items including juice, coffee, tea, water.
As we get settled into our hotel meeting room, it won’t be hard to step back in time and imagine life in the old west because Prescott was the Arizona Territorial capital from 1864-1867. What better way to start an exciting week and to get a sense of territorial life both geographically and socially than from a native of the area? A local naturalist will give us the "lay of the land" with an overview of central Arizona geology and natural history. Next, we’ll learn about life in the Arizona Territory through a program presented by a famed local historian and fourth-generation Arizonan whose great-great-uncle was the first U.S. Marshal in Arizona Territory. Following our lecture, we will step outside and walk a to the Prescott courthouse square where our local historian will regale the group with the colorful characters and events that have taken place along the famed Whiskey Row and beyond.
At the historic Palace Restaurant, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, we’ll choose our tasty plated meals from a select menu with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Located in the middle of the famed "Whisky Row," the Palace first opened its doors in 1877.
Continuing, we’ll set out on foot for a field trip to the Sharlot Hall Museum for an exploration of the museum grounds led by trained docents, remembering that Arizona did not enter the union until 1912 as the 48th state. The museum chronicles pioneer life in the Arizona Territory, commemorates Prescott as the site of the original Arizona Territory capital, and recalls Arizona’s induction to the Union in 1912 as the 48th state. While here, we’ll learn about the rich history and significance of this era as we see the original territorial governor's mansion (constructed of rough-hewn logs) and other historic buildings on the grounds.
Gather in the hotel meeting room for an interesting and stimulating presentation given by Karen Landis, which will outline a year in the life of the Arizona cowboy and focus on her life with her husband, Mike Landis. Mike was a legend in these parts and was regarded by many as Arizona's No. 1 cowboy. They ranched together for 29 years. Under Mike's tutelage and her indomitable spirit, Karen became a “cowboy” in her own right and the two of them became one of the best-known ranching couples in northwest Arizona. Karen will share her knowledge about this unique Arizona industry.