Past Events


Delaney Library: Book Sale and Genealogy Research program

Event date: 4/11/2018 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Export event

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.

The 2018 Duane Smith Lecture Series in Southwest Studies

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

Event date: 3/22/2018 7:00 PM Export event

"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.

Textile Conservation with Jeanne Brako

Event date: 2/28/2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Export event

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

Location: CSWS Lyceum Room 120

Western Fine Art “Roadshow” with Jackson Clark

Event date: 1/27/2018 1:00 PM Export event

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.

Living Threads Project presentation and book signing with Eric Mindling

Living Threads Project presentation and book signing with Eric Mindling

Event date: 12/6/2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Export event

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

Navajo Weaving Demo in the Museum

Event date: 11/9/2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event

CSWS Doctoral Fellow Dissertation Presentation

Event date: 10/18/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Export event

"1868: The Impact of Bosque Redondo on Navajo Silverwork and Southwester Indian Jewelry"

Final Lecture of the "Year in the Life of the West" Summer Series

Event date: 8/23/2017 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

Southwest Summer Storytelling Series: Telling Stories with Art and Music

Venaya Yazzie and Cody Donald

Event date: 8/10/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Export event


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