A longtime volunteer with the Northern Gila County Fair, Eileen Lawson won the 2013 Zane Grey Award.
The award was made for her Apache Camp Miniature Garden. Lawson used a variety of small, living native plants, a “go-wah” (dwelling) of dried plant parts, miniature pots and a miniature metate.
Lawson explained she wanted to honor the Tonto Apache Tribe with her creation. She retired this year after working in the Payson schools as a teacher and as a librarian. She said she appreciated the support given by the Tonto Apache Tribe to the school district over the years in providing programs and materials to improve reading.
Three members of the Northern Gila County Historical Society judged the entries, applying the criteria of Old West authenticity, skill required, originality and quality.
David Leeson, member of the Northern Gila County Historical Society and board member of the Zane Grey West Society, presented Lawson with the ribbon.
Leeson moved to Payson from Kirkella, England six years ago and works as a tour guide at the Zane Grey Cabin in Green Valley Park. His knowledge of the works of Zane Grey stems from a lifetime of reading the author’s novels.