2/7/2012 1:36:00 PM Centennial celebrations abound in Cottonwood
Arizona State Historian and cowboy humorist Marshall Trimble played a sold out performance at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday evening. Trimble is in high demand currently as Centennial celebrations take place around the state in anticipation of the big day, Feb. 14. Trimble had the audience in the palm of his hand immediately, tickling their funny bone with amusing anecdotes and entertaining them with cowboy songs and historical tidbits about the 48th state in the Union. Mayor Diane Joens gave a brief preamble to the evening. VVN/Jon Pelletier
COTTONWOOD -- In Cottonwood, the celebration of the Arizona's 100th birthday kicked off early with a visit by Marshall Trimble last weekend, but there is more to come.
The Old Town Center for the Arts will offer 'Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier, The Story Hollywood Didn't Tell starting Wyatt Earps grandson, Wyatt Earp. That is scheduled Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. The OTCA Centennial series will conclude with Dolan Ellis, Arizona State Balladeer, Feb. 17.
Arizona was accepted into the Union on Feb. 14, 1912. One hundred years places the celebration on Tuesday, when bells will ring in celebration across the state. At 2:14 p.m. (the official time of statehood), there will a bell-ringing ceremony at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, at the Clemenceau Museum and at the Civic Center.
The Clemenceau Museum has a full exhibit of centennial history to whet your appetite. Be sure to pick up the special 2012 Centennial Calendar and the Museum's new history publication, appropriately titled "Cottonwood," part of the Images of America series. It was written by Museum Director Helen Killebrew and Helga Freund.
Arizona's Centennial fills the main exhibition room at the museum at 1 N. Willard St. Exhibit Director Mary Liggit says the biggest problem in assembling the display was knowing where to stop.
It's a time period that stretches back to the horse and buggy days, but saw the introduction of telephones, radio, TV, computers and aerospace. Cottonwood went from a small farming community to become the commercial hub of the Verde Valley.
The Museum will continue to explore the last century throughout the year in subsequent exhibits.