Arizona Faces and Features Sharlot Hall (1870–1943) Besides being selected to be Arizona’s official historian, she often went to Washington, D.C. to fight for independent statehood. Hall thought that her greatest achievement, however, was in restoring this territorial governor’s mansion in Prescott. The Sharlot Hall Museum, located near the mansion, is named for this free-spirited lady. Sharlot Hall r Sharlot Hall didn’t know it when she was growing up in Kansas, but she was going to become Arizona’s official historian. Sharlot Hall and her family moved to Arizona when she was 12 years old. As a young girl, she was intrigued with the Southwest and began writing about it. Sharlot began with poetry. She did not think of herself as a poet, or even as the journalist she later became. Hall collected artifacts and documents while writing about Arizona. She even tracked down pioneer miners, cattlemen, sheepherders, and prospectors to get their stories. Many of these stories were later published in a collection called Out West. r The Arizona territorial governor’s mansion at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. Chapter 9 • Arizona Faces and Features  99