The true story of some of the Old West’s great figures will be explored in the Our Stories Speakers Series at Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, when “Arizona’s Wild Myths and Legends” is presented at 10:30 a.m. May 19.
Arizona historian Jim Turner will look at people in popular myth, such as Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne. A library spokesman said, “What do these famous characters have in common? They are not who we think they are because of the legends that have grown up around them.”
“From 1860s dime novels to books, movies and television shows, writers have altered, exaggerated and sometimes lied about these folk heroes,” the spokesman added.
In “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the newspaper editor says, “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
Presented by Arizona Humanities, the program will examine how legends grew and how they impact people’s view of the past.