About Us


The award winning Prescott Corral was founded in 1962 as an affiliate of Westerners International, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the real history of the American West. We currently have about 200 members.

We hold a dinner meeting the first Thursday of each month with a  30-40 minute presentation afterward on a selected Western History topic. These programs are very popular, with usually 60 to 100 members and guests attending. See The Roundup for details of upcoming programs.


The TERRITORIAL TIMES is a publication of the Prescott Corral, dealing mostly with Arizona territorial and early statehood history. Go to the TT page for details on back issues and how to get  the latest one.


The WESTERN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM is conducted annually by members of the Prescott Corral and invited speakers in conjunction with The Sharlot Hall Museum.  Go to the Symposium page for details of the 2015 program and the upcoming 2016 one.


If you are interested in Western history, you might be interested in membership in the Prescott Corral. If so, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back. See also Contact Info below if you wish to talk to a live person.

Copyright Prescott Corral of Westerners International, 2010-2016

About this website


The Members Directory is updated as members change their information and new members are added. We try to keep this current, so please make sure that the webmaster and the Keeper of the Chips both have your correct address, phone number and email.  See the contact information below for e-mails and phone numbers. Find the directory in the Back Room. A password is required. If you are a member and don’t have a password to the Back Room, contact BJH Designs at bjhdesigns@gmail.com

We encourage members to give us ideas of what they would like to see on the website and contribute material to it. The main purpose of the website is to give the Prescott Corral an internet presence and to provide a searchable archive for our club publication, the Territorial Times. In addition we promote the Western History Symposium, the Sharlot Hall Museum, The Phippen Museum, the Smoki Museum and other historical activities in which we are involved.


This website is produced and its content maintained by various members of the Prescott Corral..

This website was built using Microsoft Publisher 2010©

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Last updated: December 8, 2016


Rights to use material


Permission is granted for non-exclusive use any of the material on this site that we own for non-commercial purpose. In plain English, this means you can't be attempting to make money from it, and others may use the same material.

If we have obtained permission to use material other than our own, then you must also obtain permission from the source if you wish to use it.

You may use short, up to a paragraph or so, excerpts for commercial purposes like magazine or newspaper articles, books, or paid newsletters and journals.

We would appreciate a courtesy e-mail describing your intended use of the material, and we request that you attribute any such use to Prescott Corral of Westerners International.

This site is produced and maintained strictly for the use of our members and those interested in historical research. We do not accept ads, or collect any information. No warranty is made as to the accuracy of any information contained herein.

2016 Posse Members


Sheriff: Bernard Ruhnke………………………….…...sheriff@prescottcorral.org

Deputy Sheriff: Val Ripley

Trail Boss: Brett Carls …………………..…..………..brett3203@reagan.com

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft……………...……….jrhefty1@gmail.com


Past Sheriff, 2016: John McKinney

Past Sheriff, 2015: Brad Courtney

Past Sheriff, 2014: Tom Collins


Appointed position

Symposium Coordinator: Fred Veil……………..…...fveil@cableone,net

Historian: Daniel Eremenchuk

Recorder of Marks & Brands: Russ Sherwin………….trawlerdogs@gmail.com

Roundup Editor: Donna Sherwin…………….………..860donna@gmail.com

Swamper: Margitta McKinney

Asst. Swamper: Dolores “D” Carls

Webmaster: Breeanya Hinkel …………www.bjhdesigns.net
Westerners International Liason……………………….Bob Galloway



Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Prescott Corral of Westerners International,

P. O. Box 11086,

Prescott, Arizona, 86304-1086


Contact the Prescott Corral by e-mail:



Visit the Westerners International website at


April 2017

Meeting and Dinner at the

Prescott Centennial Center


1989 Clubhouse Drive

Prescott, AZ


Thursday, April 6, 2017



Main Dish - Chicken Mancini with Mushrooms & Roasted Red Peppers


Vegetarian Choice - Eggplant Parmesan


Rolls, Salad, Rice & Seasonal Vegetables


For Dessert - Carrot Cake


Please note: the dinner price is now $25 per person starting January 1, 2017

The bar prices have not changed.

Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation


“Membership in the Prescott Corral shall be open to persons sincerely interested in the history and traditions of the West regardless of race, creed, color, marital status, sex or national origin. The term “West” is broadly used to cover the geographic area West of the Mississippi River.”

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft

Past Historian:
Bruce Fee

Retired but not forgotten!

Roundup Publisher
Donna Sherwin


Symposium Coordinator:
Fred Veil

Trail Boss:
Brett Carls

Margitta McKinney

The Roundup


The Roundup, our club newsletter and announcements of upcoming events, is published and mailed to members around the middle of each month. Click here for the current issue of The Roundup.


Contact Donna Sherwin at 928-717-0931 for input to or questions about The Roundup.

After Dinner Program


“The Life and Legend of Governor Fremont” Speaker - Murray Smollens


Murray Smolens will review the life and legend of John Fremont and the history of Sharlot Hall Museum’s Fremont House in words and pictures. Fremont scaled the heights of fame in the early days of American history, but fell into poverty and despair in his later years. Famous for his early explorations of the West, his popular reports paved the way for opening the region to American settlement and eventual fulfillment of American “Manifest Destiny.” His quest to regain a lost fortune brought him to Prescott from 1878 - 1881 as Governor of Arizona Territory. Murray retired in 2008. His volunteer activities include five years as a tour guide at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

2017 Sheriff:  Bernard Ruhnke

Prescott Corral and “Days Past”

“Days Past,” the weekly historical article in the Daily Courier, is now a collaborative project of the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Corral. Watch for future articles by some of our members. We welcome contributions from anyone with an interesting, historic topic. If you have material you think would make a good Days Past article, please contact Murray Smolens: mjsmolens@cableone.net.


A link to the Days Past articles in the Sharlot Hall Museum archives is listed here:



Member Involvement

We welcome new members and one of the ways you as a current member can help get them is to promote the Prescott Corral when appropriate in conversations with people you meet. Give them the website address, www.prescottcorral.org and encourage them to visit it. Encourage them to come to a dinner as your guest (making sure that you and they understand that the cost is $25 per person).


Your Posse puts a lot of time and effort into making sure the club runs smoothly. We encourage members to step up and help with the organization and running of the club. Contact the Sheriff to see what needs to be done and to volunteer your services.

Club News and Announcements

             From Bylaws, & Amended Bylaws, Article III, Membership

             Articles of Incorporation and 501 (c) (3) registration.


If you are interested in membership in the Prescott Corral, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back.

Prescott Corral

Of Westerners International

Past Sheriff 2014:
Tom Collins

Past Sheriff 2015:
Brad Courtney

We have received news that Don Shaffer, past Sheriff, 2009, passed away in November.


The 2017 Posse has been elected and approved. See below.

Past Sheriff 2016:
John McKinney

Ass’t Swamper:
Dolores “Dee” Carls

Recent Awards and Honors

Be sure and go to the Horsethieves and Cowgirls page for photos and descriptions of the Corral’s most recent awards and honors.

Bob Galloway

Westerners International Liason

Daniel Eremenchuk

Recorder of
Marks & Brands
Russ Sherwin