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Doctoral Fellow Research Project Presentation

The Center's Doctoral Fellow in Southwest History, Benjamin DuMontier, will present his research project findings while in residence for the academic year at the Center of Southwest Studies. His spring presentation is titled, From Rainbow Bridge to Durango War-Rations: Research & Archiving Local History in the Four Corners Area.

Ben will discuss the Ansel Hall collection, and the potential it has for researchers. This includes Hall's expeditions to Costa Rica, recruiting Boy Scouts, and his development of nature-park resources in the Rainbow Bridge - Monument Valley areas.

Ben will also speak on his work-in-progress, a digital humanities webpage showcasing the Center of Southwest Stduies' oral history collections. He hopes to display anecdotes of daily life and local ideas about the "Japanese enemy" from Colorado newspapers - as well as Durangoan's conception of the nation's defense during WWII. 

Location: CSWS Lyceum Room 120; 5:30 p.m.

4/18/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (896)/Comments (0)/
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Delaney Library: Book Sale and Genealogy Research program

The Delaney Library Book Sale: 5:00-7:00 pm

The Center will offer competitively-priced books on the following topics: Genealogy and Archives Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, U.S. and Frontier History, Western states (Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska), World History and Geography, History of Technology (Mining, Railroads, Material Culture), Art and Architecture, Public History and Historic Preservation, Anthropology and Archaeology (including Marine Archaeology and Archeology in Alaska), Agriculture and Forestry, and more!

Make an early offer on items worth $50-$200 before they sell online; e.g., Don Juan de Onate, Colonizer of New Mexico 1595-1628; Mesa Verde Centennial Series boxed set; Railroads of Arizona 2 vol. set; many limited edition books on archeology and material culture.

All proceeds go towards Delaney Library acquisitions, to raise money to purchase the rare items and books on Southwest topics that make Fort Lewis College’s Special Collections unique.

Genealogy Research in Archives: 5:30-6:30 pm, Lyceum Room #120

Center of Southwest Studies’ Archives Manager, Nik Kendziorski, will discuss the various resources that the Center’s archives has to conduct genealogy research, and how best to find them on the web. Along with census records, La Plata County marriage records and newspapers on microfilm, the Center’s is home to some harder to find collections like the Parral Archives from the Municipal Archives of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico and the First National Bank of Durango records with correspondences dealing with local people and businesses.

Also, Ruth Lambert, Ph.D. will discuss a recent San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) three-year project recording burials at small rural La Plata County cemeteries and the resulting searchable data base. Ruth is the Cultural Program Director with SJMA. Information on the local genealogical society, the Southwest Colorado Genealogical Society, will be available at the event.

4/11/2018 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (583)/Comments (0)/
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Opening reception for "Spirit Lines"

The Museum at Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will open a new exhibit, Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings, on Wednesday, April 4th, with a free public reception from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Having emerged from the 1970s and 80s as a significant contemporary artist, Helen Hardin paved the way for other Native woman artists breaking out of Indian traditionalism.

This exhibit features twenty-three copper plate etchings spanning Hardin’s work from 1980-1984, uniquely translating her mixed ethnicities’ traditional symbology while using modern techniques and interpretation. Always intent on recalling her ancestral heritage, she signed her work in her Tewa name, Tsa-sah-wee-eh, meaning Little Standing Spruce. She continued to create works during a multi-year battle with breast cancer, completing her final etching, Mimbres Kokopelli, before she passed in 1984.

The Center of Southwest Studies is proud to display this beautiful exhibit throughout 2018.

4/4/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (616)/Comments (0)/
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The 2018 Duane Smith Lecture Series in Southwest Studies

The Greatness of the Bears Ears National Monument: Dr. Charles Wilkinson, Professor of Law

"The Greatness of the Bears Ears National Monument: Five Tribes Define a Spiritual Cultural Area in Redrock Utah and Make It Law”
Charles Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor, and Moses Lasky, Professor of Law, from the University of Colorado-Boulder present the 2018 Duane Smith Lecture in Southwest Studies. FLC Student Union Ballroom,  7:00 pm.

3/22/2018 7:00 PM/Author: Aase, Lara/Number of views (663)/Comments (0)/
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Textile Conservation with Jeanne Brako

CSWS curator Jeanne Brako will present her expertise on Textile Conservation.

Location: CSWS Lyceum Room 120

2/28/2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (884)/Comments (0)/
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Opening reception for permanent galleries rotation

Our Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Colorado's Renaissance Man and Treasures of the Southwest exhibits both get "refreshed", with new items on display! Opening reception from 5:00-7:00 pm.

2/21/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (807)/Comments (0)/
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Western Fine Art “Roadshow” with Jackson Clark

Toh-Atin Gallery owner Jackson Clark will evaluate the public’s best Western fine art pieces before an audience.
Max. 3 works, $5.00 apiece.
1:00-2:00 pm ~ Gallery tour and talk on Western fine art collecting.
2:00-4:00 pm ~ Roadshow, fine art evaluations.

1/27/2018 1:00 PM/Author: Aase, Lara/Number of views (703)/Comments (0)/
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Living Threads Project presentation and book signing with Eric Mindling

Living Threads Project presentation and book signing with Eric Mindling

Author and photographer Eric Mindling will present Living Threads: A Portrait of Cultural Diversity, Roots & Belonging Told Through Cloth about his Living Threads Project, an ambitious two year photo-documentary of the traditional dressways and the people who continue to wear the clothing of their community.

Location: CSWS Lyceum Room 120

12/6/2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (1289)/Comments (0)/
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10/18/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (294)/Comments (0)/
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