Wednesday, March 30, 2016
State historian rewriting history?
As reported in the March 11 post, Marshall Trimble, history teacher and official state historian, appeared to be revising history during a recent Channel 3 interview. Is that actually what he is trying to do, or was he duped by the AHS? Trimble is now also board president for the AHS. Therefore, the remainder of his term as president will determine whether or not he is an honest and competent historian and should continue to be the appointed Arizona state historian.
As documented on prior posts, with detailed references, the AHS is falsifying its own history. It is pretending to be the same AHS that existed for only a few years in the 1860s, but it clearly is not. Will Marshall Trimble the historian correct this misrepresentation, or will Marshall Trimble the AHS board president permit the hoax to continue? It is a serious test that will either sustain or demolish his reputation as a historian.
To properly address this challenge, Mr Trimble needs to do some historical research. An excellent place to begin would be with Pioneer Heritage by C. L. Sonnichsen. This book was published by the present day Arizona Historical Society to celebrate its centennial in 1984. Yes, 1984, not 1964.
Sometime after 1984, the AHS rewrote its own history.
Note: The present day AHS was named the Society of Arizona Pioneers when it was founded. The name was not changed to the Arizona Historical Society until nearly a century later.