Sedona Winds Lecture Series to focus on life in Arizona Territory

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

What was life like in the Arizona Territory in the 1870’s, especially for a refined woman from New England? Join author and lecturer Wayne Ranney on Wednesday, May 22, at 1:30 at p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road, as he recalls the harrowing travels of Martha Summerhayes. She wrote a classic tale of her adventures in her book “Vanished Arizona."

Summerhayes not only overcame her initial shock and fear of frontier life on the wild fringes of this untamed land, she eventually came to love and care for it. In fact, her infant son Henry was the first white child born at Fort Apache.

Wayne Ranney, the guest speaker, is a geologist, trail guide and author. For over 35 years, he has led field trips to Earth’s most spectacular places including the Grand Canyon, the Amazon, the North and South Poles, Patagonia, and more than 75 countries.

The author made an intimate connection with Martha Summerhayes’ story as he was sailing around an iceberg in Greenland. During his presentation, Mr. Ranney will show pictures and sign copies of the story that he had published in Arizona Highways.

This presentation, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, the Sedona Library Board, and the Friends of the Sedona Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Following the presentation, copies of “Brave Cowboy” by Edward Abbey will be distributed for the community book discussion in June. This book is also available in large type or eBook format.

Please contact the library at 928-284-1603 if you need assistance.

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