Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

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Picture at Fort Whipple

Sharlot Hall Museum located in Prescott Arizona is proud to announce their newest Museum Center, Fort Whipple. Located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Campus on Highway 89 in Prescott and housed in historic officers quarters, Fort Whipple Museum features not only exhibits of Arizona’s military past to the present, but is a centerpiece for historic reenactments of Prescott’s involvement in subduing the wild west during the territorial days of the 1860s through the 19th century. This month’s feature scheduled to take place on February 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., highlights the infantry branch of the armed service. Period costumed interpreters will be on hand to demonstrate and talk on weapons and equipment in Arizona during the 1870s and the 1880s. A demonstration on leather working and Cavalry saddle making will also be featured.

Fort Whipple Museum provides historic reenactments one Saturday a month and is open free of charge to the public Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Historic Living History presentations are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sharlot Hall Museum offers yearly training programs for those interested in participating in the Living History Program as an interpreter for Fort Whipple and Sharlot Hall Museum. Participants learn frontier life skills, military and Prescott history as well as techniques for interpreting it. Blacksmithing, ranch house cooking, harness making and a working 1900 print shop are just some of the components which make up this program. Historic accuracy is stressed and period clothing is worn by interpreters. The museum also has a limited number of living history tours available for schools, grades third through middle school at Sharlot Hall Museum as well as Fort Whipple. Reservations are taken on a first come basis.

For more information, call Curator of History Mick Woodcock at 445-3122 or visit For school tours contact Curator of Education Warren Miller.

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