Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian

Today we caught up with Marshall Shore. He was named the “2013 New Times Best Phoenix Historian” and does fun slideshows and tours of the Valley and beyond.

Marshall Shore

Marshall grew up in a farming town of 25 in Indiana. His “love affair with information” led him to get his Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. After living in New York City, Marshall moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. With his passion for information and history, he soon realized that he knew more about Phoenix history than many who had been born here. After learning all about the Valley, Marshall started putting together slideshows. He likes to make information entertaining and easy to digest, while adding some panache.

What are some of the best places to see vintage Phoenix?
Durant’s is great for the history, the flocked wallpaper…there’s a huge connection to Las Vegas there. Tovrea Castle is also wonderful, but you have to plan ahead because tickets sell out months in advance. I also love it here at the Valley Ho, and the Sugar Bowl down the street. If you go to vintage shops like Red Modern Furniture or the many others around town, you can find some really great Phoenix postcards, restaurant keepsakes…you never know quite what’s going to show up!

What are some of the best places to see unusual Phoenix?
The Mystery Castle is always fascinating, and I also recommend the Sunnyslope Rock Garden.

If you like all things vintage Phoenix, check out Marshall’s vintage Phoenix tees, and postcards featuring the classic neon signs of Glen Guyett. The shirts are available at Zinnia’s on Melrose, Marshall’s office in the Ice House, and also at the Phoestivus Market on December 11 and 18.

Marshall’s next slideshow will be January 3rd (First Friday) at Bragg’s Pie Factory, where he’ll be featuring several speakers and performance art. He also has a fun Christmas Lights Tour happening on December 19. Get the latest scoop by following Marshall on Facebook and Twitter!

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