Historical Presentations

Eberaldo “Zapo” Moreno Durazo

Werner Segarra, photographer, presents Eberaldo “Zapo” Moreno Durazo, a rancher from the Sonora region of northern Mexico, who will transport us into the hidden world of the vaquero.

Then & Now with Joan Fudala

Scottsdale’s Community Historian, Joan Fudala, leads this special presentation which serves as a photo-rich history of the Parada from its origins to date. Held in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater/Auditorium, the event does not require registration but attendance is limited.

History of Hashknife with Captain Mark Reynolds

Captain Mark Reynolds has been captain of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse Incorporated for 26 years and has been in the Hashknife Pony Express for 46 years. He has held every position since he joined in 1978 from cook to captain. He will be talking about the history of the Hashknife and how it started and how it went from being a search and rescue unit to a live pony express mail delivery event. He will tell stories of the ride and how the Hashknife is “Keeping the Spirit of the Old West Alive.”

The Summer of 1876: Exploring the overlapping stories of outlaws, lawmen, and legends in the season that defined the American West.

The summer of 1876 was a key period in the development of the mythology of the Old West. Many individuals who are considered legends by modern readers were involved in events that began their notoriety or turned out to be the most famous ― or infamous ― moments of their lives. Those individuals were Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James.

The Summer of 1876 weaves together the timelines of the events that made these men legends to demonstrate the overlapping context of their stories and to illustrate the historical importance of that summer, all layered with highlights of significant milestones in 1876: the inaugural baseball season of the National League; the final year of President Ulysses S. Grant’s embattled administration; the debut of an invention called the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell; the release of Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer;” and many more.

Contextualizing these events against the backdrop of the massive 100th-anniversary party thrown to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, The Summer of 1876 is the ultimate exploration and celebration of the summer that defined the West.

Please note, pre-registration is not required.

For more, call (480) 686-9539.


  • Eberaldo “Zapo” Moreno Durazo:
    February 1, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
    FREE for Museum Members
    FREE with Museum Admission
    $8 for program attendance only (does not include further admittance to the museum/galleries)
  • Then & Now:
    February 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
    FREE for Museum Members
    FREE with Museum Admission
    $8 for program attendance only for non-Scottsdale Residents / non-Museum members (does not include further admittance to the museum/galleries)
  • History of Hashknife:
    February 2, 9:45 – 10:30 AM
    February 2, 11:00 – 11:45 AM
    February 3, 9:45 – 10:30 AM
    February 3, 11:00 – 11:45 AM
    FREE museum entry and event for all on both Friday and Saturday
  • The Summer of 1876:
    February 2, 2:00 PM
    FREE museum entry and event for all
  • Ages:
  • Registration or Tickets Required:
    Pre-registration is not required
  • Price:
    Varies, see above next to specific event
  • Location:
    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s
    Museum of the West
  • Address:
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale: The West's Most Western Town