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Class Information for Fall 2019: AZ BACK ROADS AND TRIMBLES TALES, IN STORY AND SONG, Thursday, November 7, 1:00-3:00pm, RH Johnson Social Hall (F137)


Join Arizona’s official state historian for an educational and entertaining afternoon of Arizona’s history in stories and song. Instructor Marshall Trimble is an American author, singer, former community college professor, and Arizona's official state historian. He is a popular speaker and True West Magazine's question-and-answer man. Born in Mesa, Trimble dropped out of college, joined the Marines and purchased his first guitar . He taught himself to play while listening to records by Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Buddy Holly. During his travels as a musician, he visited a variety of historical sites and museums. Inspired by these sites, he decided to become a western historian and writer. He returned to ASU, taking every available course in Arizona and Western history. In 1969 he began teaching high school students American and Southwest history. As part of his teaching style, he played his guitar and sang old Johnny Cash songs to demonstrate how folk music and history were interrelated. He created an Arizona history class at Scottsdale Community College. Within three years it was one of the largest classes and in 1977 he became Director of that school's Southwest Studies program. Publishing his first book in 1977, he used his guitar and songs to liven up promotional book readings. Since then he has hosted several radio shows, including Trimble’s Tales and The Emmy award-winning television show, Arizona Backroads.[ Additionally he has appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, KAET-TV at ASU and the Nashville Network. Trimble has received many honors both as a historian, writer and performer. A few include: the Governor of Arizona appointed him Official State Historian; the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him their “Medal of Honor” for leadership and patriotism; he received the Wild West History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Arizona Centennial Commission honored him as one of “Arizona’s Most Inspiring Leaders.”; and he was selected for the U.S. State Dept’s “Cowboy Hall of Fame Tour,”. A prolific author, he has published fifteen books.

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