McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 17:30

Missteps, Mayhem, Disaster and Death – Custer’s Last Stand

How could a famous warrior like George Armstrong Custer screw up and lead his two brothers, nephew, and 265 US soldiers to their deaths in June, 1876?  Was it his fault or did someone else contribute to the disaster?  “Alternative facts” are nothing new.  This presentation is an explication of the iconic Battle of the Little Bighorn for those who are curious and want to know more about it. It explores the political, military, cultural and technological issues attendant to the battle and the campaign that preceded it, as well as the scramble by politicians and military leaders to cover their culpability in the wake of the disaster.  This 90 minute overview was originally presented at a PastFinder gathering during the summer of 2013.  The owners of the Guidon Bookstore in Scottsdale, who were in the audience, subsequently requested a special presentation for their customers.  George Armstrong Custer IV was in the audience.

Our Presenter is Leonard John Marcisz.  Len has served as president of the Arizona Historical Society, vice-chairman of the City of Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission, and chairman of the board of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.   He has served as a consultant to the City of Scottsdale with regard to the procurement of archaeological services.  He is also a contributing author for the Field Guide to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  His articles regarding the history of the McDowell Mountains have appeared in several local periodicals.  His research and monographs have been quoted or footnoted in various archaeological and historical publications.  He is an occasional scriptwriter and narrator for the Scottsdale City Cable TV Channel 11 historical series “Scottsdale Yesterdays.”

Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium - located at 10101 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale
Classes start at 5:30 pm and run between 60 and 90 minutes

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