“Conversations from the Mesa” -- A Postcard Perspective on the History of Mesa Verde National Park

Wed, May 12th 2021 at 4:00 PM MDT · By Mesa Verde Foundation
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Wed, May 12th 2021 at 4:00 PM MDT
Wed, May 12th 2021 at 5:30 PM MDT
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Presenter: Dr. Andrew Gulliford

Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College

Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member


Moderator: Monica Buckle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member


Wednesday, May 12th at 4:00pm MDT


Join the Mesa Verde Foundation on Wednesday, May 12th, for its next webinar, an exceptional virtual event with Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member. Using historical research and rare historic postcards, Dr. Gulliford will present a visual history and slide lecture overview of Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site and the first national park set aside to protect ancient Indigenous architecture and Native American prehistory. Gulliford will also discuss ongoing research and Mesa Verde tourism.

Dr. Gulliford’s popular courses at Fort Lewis include:  wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. Dr. Gulliford has led tours throughout the American West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Great Old Broads for Wilderness, History Colorado, Canyon Country Discovery Center, and the San Juan Mountains Association, as well as the Mesa Verde Foundation.

This October 8th – 11th, Dr. Gulliford, together with Christopher Lewis, a basket weaver and artisan of the Zuni Pueblo, will be leading a Foundation-sponsored four-day exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mesa Verde National Park.

Dr. Gulliford has written many books. The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes (Texas A&M University Press, 2018) won the 2019 Colorado Book award, and was chosen as the Outstanding Nonfiction category winner for the 2019 Western Heritage Awards, sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

He is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. He edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His book Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology won two Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards in 2014 for nature/environment book and best book about Arizona. Outdoors in the Southwest also won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best book in the Anthology category.

Dr. Gulliford received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education, and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.” For a decade he held a federal appointment to the Southwest Colorado Resources Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management. He also served on Colorado’s State Review Board for the state and historical registers of historic places. In 2016, he was one of two senior fellows awarded the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency at Tres Piedras, New Mexico to research and write in the bungalow Aldo Leopold built for his wife in 1912 in the Carson National Forest.

Gulliford edited The Last Stand of the Pack: A Critical Edition, published by the University Press of Colorado. He writes columns about the Southwest for the Durango Herald, the Cortez Journal, and the San Juan Record (Monticello, Utah), and has appeared in “The Colorado Experience” television series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS. He has also appeared in films about the Cattle and Sheep Wars; the Press of the West; Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell; and the Strater Hotel.

The webinar will be moderated by Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member, Monica Buckle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma).

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