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Ansel Hall, Visionary Leader of the National Park Service

Ansel Hall, Visionary Leader of the National Park Service

Presentation by Nik Kendziorski

Event date: 10/12/2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Export event

Location: 130 Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College

Sponsored by Life-Long Learning


Using primary documents from FLC's Center of Southwest Studies, Archive Manager Nik Kendziorski will examine Hall’s role in the 1925 establishment of the National Park Service's education division and particularly his leadership of the 1933-38 Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expeditions, which were privately funded at the height of the Great Depression. These journeys brought various academic areas of study into one great interdisciplinary endeavor.

Fifty Years in the Canyons

Fifty Years in the Canyons

Presentation by Steve Allen

Event date: 2/22/2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Export event

Location: TBD

Sponsored by the Center of Southwest Studies and FLC's Adventure Education Department


Steve Allen will discuss his many years of exploring the canyon country of Southern Utah, addressing his family’s history of desert exploration, interest in documenting history on the ground, and thoughts about the ongoing battles over land protection in Utah.

Historian and explorer Steve Allen is a widely recognized expert on the human history of the canyon lands of Southern Utah. His popular Canyoneering series of hiking guides are considered the “go to” sources for accurate information. Steve’s Utah’s Canyon Country Place Names is a comprehensive two-volume reference work that helps tell the stories of the pioneers who put names on the land. Steve spends eight months a year backpacking and has a home in Durango.


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