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Free Lecture: The Modern Cowboy

Free Lecture

Beau Yotty presents “The Modern Cowboy.” Beau Yotty, Arizona author and resident, will share memories and experiences from his recently published book: Modern Cowboy–Quotes and Poems–Life and Love in Today’s World. “From my perspective,” he says, “the American cowboy is the ultimate figure. A person who is tough as nails, full of grit, but is also compassionate. Someone who follows the Golden Rule. As Jesus spoke during his Sermon on the Mount, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ The American cowboy . . . personifies integrity and respect, like the characters John Wayne played on the silver screen. The American cowboy will fight until the end for what he loves, and for what is right.” Icons of stage and screen provided Beau Yotty with a foundation for effective storytelling and meaningful dramatic effect. As an actor, he has appeared on networks such as Showtime, A&E, USA Network and MTV.

  • February 16, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • Bring your own lawn chair;
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen;
  • Please, no smoking;
  • Please don’t leave your dog in vehicle;
  • Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all of the proceeds going to the museum for continuing educational programs;
  • Come early and have lunch on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase.

Fundraising raffles

As a self-supporting organization, we rely on revenue generated by our gift shops, events, and fundraisers. At each week’s lecture we hold a 50/50 raffle, with half the cash collected going to the lucky winner. Second prize is a lecture-related item from our gift shop. Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Winning tickets are drawn from tickets sold that day. Winner must be present to win.

The season-long raffle prize is a solid gold coin minted with gold from the Old Wasp Mine, just up Apache Trail, and includes a certificate of authenticity. Tickets are $5 each. At the last lecture on March 30, the holder of the winning ticket will be announced. The winner need not be present to win.

Buy a VIP Card

The Museum’s popular Free Lecture Series is actually an expensive endeavor. Many staff hours go into reserving speakers and some scholars have fees attached to their appearance. We have created a special Lecture Series VIP card for those who would like to support these events. On Thursdays only, from January 5 through March 30, VIP card holders are entitled to 50¢ coffee. Also included is a one-time-only free hot dog. But wait, there’s more... VIP Cardholders get a 10% discount in the Gift Shop on Thursdays and special shaded seating in the Amphitheater. The cost is $30 per card and it’s available in the Gift Shop.


The amphitheater and other outdoor locations on the Museum's property are available for outdoor events including small catered receptions. It is truly magnificent at twilight.

Imagine an intimate romantic wedding, candle-lit banquet or musical presentation with the Superstition Mountain at sunset as your backdrop!

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