Library Friends Host Speaker From ‘Roads Scholars’ Program

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The Payson’s Friends of the Library Lecture Series will host Greg Scott, another speaker sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, next week.

Scott speaks at the library at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24. The Nogales resident celebrates the “Crooked Trail to Holbrook” with song and stories of the trail which was home to cattle drives from the Mescal Mountains to the trailhead in Holbrook and witness to historical happenings including the Pleasant Valley War. There were conflicts as well as peaceful ranching and farming in the area. Arizona’s famous and infamous citizens rode the trail.  He will bring to light the history of the area and the people.

Free of charge and open to all, Scott’s presentation is in the Library’s meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

An educator, historian and musician, Scott’s interest in Arizona folk music has fostered research of songs and the people who sang them. He has been a Traditional Music Roster Artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and regularly performs at schools, libraries, museums and festivals.

The Library Friends will meet at 10 a.m. for a short business meeting and election of officers. A member of the Arizona Humanities Council will host a luncheon for all attendees after Scott’s program.

Scott represents the AHC “Roads Scholars” Speakers Bureau, which was founded to foster lively, humanities-based discussions and civil dialogue among audiences throughout Arizona.  Two more speakers from this program will appear at the Library Friends’ regularly scheduled series. Gregory McNamee, a writer from Tucson, will explain the mystique behind Arizona’s place names Oct. 22; appearing Nov. 19, Karyn Riedell of Pine will explore what some Arizona authors, such as Barbara Kingsolver, are saying about nature in their works.  

The Payson Public Library received an Arizona Humanities Council grant for Roads Scholars programs.

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