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Energizing the West Driving Tour: Early Development of Alternating Current in Southwest Colorado

hosted by Archives Manager Nik Kendziorski

This driving tour will focus on sites near Ophir and Telluride related to the development of alternating current, and will include information on early energy entrepreneurs like L.L. Nunn, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. Part of the Durango History Live! programming.

Saturday, September 7th - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Limited to 25 participants. Tickets: $15 for CSWS members, $25 for non-members. Lunch on your own in Telluride.
Call for reservations: 970-247-7456.

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Center of Southwest Studies 55th Anniversary Gala

Honoring Morley & Arthur Ballantine

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a gala on Thursday, August 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Center’s Plaza. Tickets are $100.00 supporting the Center’s educational programming aimed at student success. Attendees will be treated to live guitar music, a performance from the college’s Ballet Folklorico, and delicious food and beverages. Please visit www.fortlewis.edu/55thgala for ticketing and charitable contribution information. Limited seating. Please make your reservation by August 16th.
 

The Center of Southwest Studies provides an active program of free public lectures and events year-round at its museum, research library, and archives facility on the campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The Center was imagined and founded in 1964 by Morley and Arthur Ballantine, former publishers of the Durango Herald, college president John Reed, and professor of history, Dr. Robert Delaney, to collect and curate all aspects of the history of the Southwest. The Center was the first of its kind to exclusively focus on the Southwest. Over the years the Center has collected thousands of original documents, photos, artifacts and rare books, all to be cared for and made readily available to faculty, students and researchers from all over the world. It remains as one of the premier facilities with the best archival photograph collection and textile collection, the Durango Collection®, of any undergraduate institution in the West.
 

According to Center director, Shelby Tisdale, “It is through the insight and vision of our founders, Morley and Arthur Ballantine, and the ongoing generous support of the Ballantine family that the Center of Southwest Studies has grown from a modest library and archives in a small lean-to attached to the Academic Building, to the 50,000 square foot building on the north end of the Fort Lewis College campus that houses the Center’s archives, library and museum as well as academic classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and a storage area for the college’s collections. As we celebrate our 55th anniversary we look to a future of continuing our support of student success and community engagement. Please join us in honoring our founders and thanking the Ballantine family for more than half a century of ongoing support.”

For more information, please contact the Center’s business office at 970-247-7456.

8/22/2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (316)/Comments (0)/
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2019 Summer Lecture Series

with Ruth Lambert

The Center wraps up the summer series with Ruth Lambert's Documentation of Three Hispano Cemeteries along the San Juan River, on Wednesday, August 21st. The year's series theme is Hispanidad!, dovetailing with our newly updated Treasures of the Southwest exhibit featuring items from our Hispanic collections.

The lectures take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

This illustrated presentation will describe the history and study of three small Hispano cemeteries at the historic settlements of Gato/ Pagosa Junction, Juanita, and Trujillo. These are isolated and lonely places along the San Juan River; seemingly forgotten by all but the rare visitor. 

The cemeteries were selected because they provide an important glimpse into the history of these settlements as they chronicle the lives of the early Hispano settlers. For some individuals, these forgotten cemetery headstones are the only public record of their contribution to our history - the only visible evidence of their legacy. Many of the graves display Hispano traditions through language, religious iconography and statuary, and unique folk art that creatively incorporates local materials and objects.

Ruth E. Lambert is the Cultural Program Director at the San Juan Mountains Association where she develops and implements cultural projects using trained volunteers.  Past projects include the documentation of rural country schools, several small rural cemeteries, and Hispano arborglyphs.  Currently she is studying Hispano settlement along the San Juan River and the churches associated with several small towns.  She is the author of The Wooden Canvas: Arborglyphs as Reflections of Hispano Life Along the Pine-Piedra Stock Driveway and has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

8/21/2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (1268)/Comments (0)/
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2019 Summer Lecture Series

with Frank Graziano

The Center welcomes Frank Graziano. He'll present on Historic Churches of New Mexico: A Visual Tour, on Wednesday, August 7th. The year's series theme is Hispanidad!, dovetailing with our newly updated Treasures of the Southwest exhibit featuring items from our Hispanic collections. The lectures take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

In this illustrated talk Frank Graziano provides an overview of historic churches throughout New Mexico and surveys themes pertinent to the churches’ current situation. The talk is based on Frank’s research in villages, Indian pueblos, and archives for his new book, Historic Churches of New Mexico Today.

Frank Graziano’s books on religious cultures include THE MILLENNIAL NEW WORLD (1999), WOUNDS OF LOVE: THE MYSTICAL MARRIAGE OF ST. ROSE OF LIMA (2003), CULTURES OF DEVOTION: FOLK SAINTS OF SPANISH AMERICA (2007), MIRACULOUS IMAGES AND VOTIVE OFFERINGS IN MEXICO (2016), and HISTORIC CHURCHES OF NEW MEXICO TODAY (2019), all published by Oxford University Press.

Graziano is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs, the John Carter Brown Library, Duke University, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, among many others. Between 1999 and 2016 he was John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.

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2019 Summer Lecture Series

with Andy Gulliford

The Summer Lecture Series continues with Andy Gulliford returning to give a talk about, La Estrella del Pastor - Hispano Sheepherders from Colorado and New Mexico: Culture, Tradition, and Sheepscapes, on Wednesday, July 24th. The lectures take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

From his book The Woolly West, Dr. Andrew Gulliford will speak about poor Hispanic sheepherders pastores, and wealthy Hispanic sheepowning families or ricos who transformed the West by the grazing of thousands of sheep across New Mexico and Colorado. He will discuss the history of sheep grazing as well as describe a powerful love story between Aldo Leopold and Estella Luna Otero Bergere. Gulliford will discuss the brutal sheep and cattle wars and explain historical archaeology and the wide variety of sites related to sheep movements, sheep camps, cairns, aspen tree carvings, and lonely sheepherder lifeways in Colorado’s high country for summer grazing. He will show photographs, and discuss cultural traditions, sheep camp recipes, high country wild herbs, and stories of Hispano herders who have grazed and still graze U.S. National Forest and BLM lands. Questions and stories from the audience will be welcomed.

Gulliford received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service. The Woolly West won the Colorado Book Award for History and the Wrangler Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction from the National Cowboy Museum & Heritage Center. Books will be available for sale. Dr. Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

7/24/2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (432)/Comments (0)/
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2019 Summer Lecture Series

with Lois Rudnick

The Summer Lecture Series continues. Lois Rudnick will return to give a talk on, La Fabulosa Fabiola (Cabeza de Baca): First ‘Lady’ of New Mexican Cuisine, on Wednesday, July 10th.
The series' theme Hispanidad! dovetails with our newly updated Treasures of the Southwest exhibit featuring items from our Hispanic collections.

The lectures take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca was descended from one of the oldest land grant families in Northeastern New Mexico. Growing up on the “llano,” the vast plains east of Las Vegas New Mexico on her family’s ranch, she demonstrated an impassioned curiosity and intelligence that led her on a path to an extraordinary life devoted to teaching, writing, preserving and celebrating the lifeways of Hispano/a peoples of her land. She published two of the earliest cookbooks about New Mexico cuisine, touting the health of the land-based diet, and is credited with introducing the New Mexico chile into American cooking. She was one of the founders of the Spanish Folklorica Society of Santa Fe, served for many years as a food economist and trainer for the Agriculture Department, during which she travelled hundreds of miles throughout the state visiting small villages and pueblos, and had a weekly bi-lingual program on food and health, on Santa Fe radio.

Lois Rudnick is Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught for 36 years and chaired the American Studies Department for 26 years. During her time at UMB, she earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the National American Studies Association award for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and program development. Rudnick has lectured and published nationally and internationally on Modern American and Southwest American culture and history. Her most recent project was co-curating the travelling exhibition, and co-editing the book, “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.”

7/10/2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (442)/Comments (0)/
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2019 Summer Lecture Series

with Judith Reynolds

The Center is pleased to continue to offer the very popular Summer Lecture Series, this year based on the theme Hispanidad! dovetailing with our newly updated Treasures of the Southwest exhibit featuring items from our Hispanic collections. Journalist Judith Reynolds will kick off the series with her talk, Fridamania: The Art, Career, and Cultural Legacy of Frida Kahlo, on Wednesday, June 26th. The lecture will take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Long before there was a Frida Barbie Doll, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) achieved world fame as an artist, communist, and proto-feminist. Today’s Fridamania has spawned everything from refrigerator magnets, Frida-emojis, children’s books, an opera, and exhibitions brimming with commercial products and artifacts rather than her art.

Reynolds will briefly examine the consequences of Kahlo’s celebrity and focus on her extraordinary pictorial output, a unique, autobiographical record of a woman’s life of aspiration and fortitude.

Judith Reynolds is a journalist, art historian, and political cartoonist. After a career in academia, she switched to the for-profit world of journalism and eventually became arts then managing editor of an upstate New York newspaper. In 1994, Reynolds and her late husband, David, moved to Durango where she began freelancing for the Durango Herald and teaching occasionally at Fort Lewis College.

As a community volunteer, Reynolds launched the FLC Life Long Learning Lecture Series in 2000. Nineteen years later, the free, town-gown series continues and convenes every Thursday evening during the academic year. Next fall, Sept. 5, 2019, Reynolds will inaugurate the LLL series with a talk on the Confederate Statue Controversy titled: “White Guys on Horseback.”

6/26/2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (298)/Comments (0)/
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Summer Solstice Window Viewing

Celebrate the dawn of summer!

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College celebrates the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. At the dawn of the summer solstice, a spiral of sunlight makes its way across the gallery walls making for a dazzling display. This event is free of charge and is open to the public; light refreshments provided.

Situated in the upper northeast corner of the exhibit gallery, the Solstice Window is recessed into the wall. Created by Denver artist Scott Parsons, as a part of Colorado’s Art in Public Places Program, the window was designed to be integrated with the building’s architecture. Parsons designed the window in tribute to the solstice markers of the Ancestral Puebloans of Southwest Colorado. The spiral cast by the Solstice Window is visible for several weeks before and after the summer solstice, but is sharpest on solstice morning. Moving with the motion of the earth and sun, the spiral makes its journey across the gallery wall, fading as the sun rises higher in the sky.

6/21/2019 6:00 AM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (268)/Comments (0)/
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RMPBS screening of "Colorado Experience: Ben Nighthorse Campbell"

Q&A with production team to follow with birthday cake for Ben!

Join us Tuesday April 9th at 5:30 pm in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 for a preview screening of the Rocky Mountain PBS "Colorado Experience" episode (26 min) featuring Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Q&A with the production team to follow, and a birthday cake celebration for Ben!

RSVPs can be made here

4/9/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (756)/Comments (0)/
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Examining Violence in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and its Impact on Nation Building

CSWS Doctoral Fellow Patrick Troester

The 2018-2019 Center of Southwest Studies Doctoral Fellow, Patrick Troester, will present his doctoral research/ thesis on Examining Violence in the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands and its Impact on Nation Building. Patrick is a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University. Join us on Wednesday, November 28th at 5:30 pm in the CSWS Lyceum Room, #120.

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