Marshall Trimble has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He can deliver anything from a serious history lecture to a stage concert of cowboy folk music and stories with his guitar. Trimble appears frequently on radio and television as a goodwill ambassador for the state.

“Trimble’s Tales” are on radio stations around the country. He answers questions about the Old West from readers all over the world in True West Magazine’s popular column, “Ask the Marshall.”

He is considered the “dean of Arizona historians.” He taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for 40 years before retiring in 2014 and is the author of over 25 books on Arizona history.


Recently he’s appeared on national television documentaries on the Old West including Fox News TV’s 2015 “Legends and Lies”; Lion TV Blood Feuds: The Pleasant Valley War and the Smithsonian Channel’s “Mummies Alive: The Gunfighter.”


A former U.S. Marine, in 2004 he was inducted into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame. In 2010 he received the Wild West History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in February 2011. Marshall has been Arizona’s Official State Historian since 1997.




Dr. Dawn Youngblood is Director of Historic Preservation and Archives for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas. The Award-winning Archives holds many treasures and secrets preserved from the old West past of the region. She is author of two books; The SMS Ranch and Images of America Fort Worth, which will be available in the Fall. 

Dawn grew up in San Antonio, where she attended the Alamo Heights Schools and developed a passion for history. She obtained a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she met and married her husband, Fort Worth Attorney Edwin Johnston Youngblood. They have lived in Fort Worth since 1982 and have two grown children, Christian and Eden.


Following a career in publishing – having worked as a Senior Editor for Harcourt Brace, and Publications Director for Freese and Nichols – Dawn returned to graduate school. She obtained a PhD in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in 2003 and worked full time at SMU as a curator and professor. 


In 2010, Dawn began her current position as Tarrant County Archivist, and in 2017 became Tarrant County Historic Preservation and Archives Officer. In that post, she is working on the first ever County Historic Preservation Plan in the State of Texas, and received a significant grant in support of that effort.




Sue Butler Carter was born and raised in Karnes City, Texas.   She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in math and computer science in 1970. After graduation she began her career at AT&T where she met and married her husband Tom Carter.   They had two children: Michael and Ryan.  After retiring from AT&T in 2000 Sue began working on the Butler Family History and became an active member of the Karnes County Historical Society.  Every five years she coordinates the Butler Family Reunion inviting all descendants of WG and Adeline Butler along with descendants of WG Butler’s parents, Burnell and Sarah Ann Butler.


Sue assisted Charles L. Olmsted, co-author of The Life and Death of Juan Coy, in writing a book about the family history of the WG Butler and Adeline Burris Family.  The book, The Good, The Bad, The Butlers: Story of a Texas Pioneer Family was completed in 2015.  From 2010 through 2018 Sue worked with the Texas Historical Commission and the Karnes County Citizens and Commissioners Court to complete restoration of the Karnes County Courthouse, built in 1894 and rededicated April 7, 2018. 


Today, Sue lives on her ranch in Karnes County which was an original part of the WG Butler ranch established in 1880 and named to the Family Land Heritage Program in 2003.


McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/
Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, and an Oak Park High School alumnus, Mr. Grauer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts art history from the University of Kansas; the Master of Arts in art history from Southern Methodist University; and the  Master of Arts in history from West Texas A&M University. He worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the

Dallas Museum of Art, before becoming curator of art and Western heritage at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, from 1987 to 2018. He was also Adjunct Lecturer in Western American Studies at West Texas A&M University. He was University of Kansas Kress Foundation Department of Art History’s distinguished alumnus for 2012. He joined the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in September 2018.

He has curated numerous exhibitions on historic Texas, New Mexico, and Southwestern art and history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and as guest-curator for other institutions.

Mr. Grauer is the author of 50+ publications, including Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man. His book on cowboy artist H. D. Bugbee is being published by Texas A&M University Press in 2019.

Currently, Mr. Grauer lectures on historic cowboys and ranching, the Red River War, World War I, and historic art, history, and culture across the American West. He has been at the National Cowboy Museum since September 2018, where he curated “Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War,” to honor the centennial of World War I. The exhibition is currently on view. He is president of the Western Cattle Trail Association and a board member and on the executive committee for
Westerners International.



Joe began his law enforcement career in February 1963 as a recruit patrolman in the Department of Public Safety Academy. After graduation, he was stationed in Houston and Katy as a Highway Patrolman.  In 1968 he was promoted to the DPS Intelligence Service in Houston and in 1969 to a Texas Ranger in Austin.  In 1980, he transferred to Kerrville where he served until he retired in 1993, with thirty years in law enforcement.


Joe was the first Texas Ranger to receive the Directors Citation for his investigation of Nurse Genene Jones, the nurse responsible for the deaths of infants in San Antonio and Kerrville.


A member of the Sons of the Republic, an Admiral in the Texas Navy, and a 32nd Degree Mason Joe is the Past President of the Former Texas Rangers Association and currently serves as President of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. 


Joe and his wife Lila have been married for 52 years and have 3 sons, 4 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.



Retired Probate Judge, David D. Jackson, a resident of Dallas County, graduate of SMU and SMU Law School, and former President of The Summerlee Foundation, a non-profit charity operating in Dallas, Texas, also operates a fine antique gun shop in University Park, Texas, known as Jackson Armory. 


Not only a legal scholar, Jackson is also well versed in antique firearms and militaria of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century.  He began collecting guns in 1952 and has written numerous articles and papers on the history of firearms.  He opened “Jackson Armory” in Snider Plaza in 2003 and with his son and son-in-law buys, sells, and appraises firearms and antiques on a daily basis.  He serves as an appraiser for estates, divorce cases, and family settlement agreements and is a licensed firearms dealer and holder of a collectors curio and relic license from the U.S. Department of the Justice.  His topic today is “Firearms on the Texas Frontier 1840-1880.”

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