General Meeting and Presentation
5:50-6:20 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.
6:20-7:40 PM: Meeting and presentation.
Presentation title: Bears Ears National Monument: landscape of refuge and resistance
Speaker: Andrew Gulliford
Presentation summary: The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, is significant federal legislation that has created numerous national monuments and subsequent national parks. At 1.35 million acres, Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County, Utah was proclaimed by President Obama in 2016, shrunk 85% by President Trump, and restored in full by President Biden. This is the first national monument to be championed by five tribal nations. From his new book Bears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and Resistance, Dr. Andrew Gulliford will present highlights from 11,000 years of Bears Ears history, show photos, and answer current questions.
Speaker bio: Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. He is the author of many books including Americas Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. His book The Woolly West: Colorados Hidden History of Sheepscapes, published in 2018, was chosen the Outstanding Nonfiction winner for the 2019 Western Heritage Awards sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Woolly West also won the Colorado Book Award for History in 2019.
Meeting Place: Durango Rec Center 5:50 pm
Difficulty Info: Fun and educational