September 21, 2009
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt
Contact: Wade Muehlhof
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Step back in time to August 5, 1934, and take a photographic and narrative tour through Glacier National Park with president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On September 29, 2009, from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Glacier National Park Headquarters Community Building, Deirdre Shaw, curator for Glacier National Park, will provide a narrative and photographic presentation of “Nothing So American:” The Roosevelt Visit To Glacier National Park, August 5, 1934. Deirdre will present archival photographs depicting Roosevelt’s historic visit to Glacier National Park, 75 years ago.
On October 6, 2009, Glacier National Park will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program "The Large Unknown Animals:" David Thompson and the Fauna of the Continental Divide, 1800-1812 with Jack Nisbet. The program will be at Glacier National Park Headquarters Community Building from noon to 1 p.m.Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and from the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” program.
Prior to Lewis and Clark, it was Canadian fur trader and surveyor David Thompson who made the first accurate map of Mandan villages in 1798. He sent voyageurs across the Rocky Mountains into the upper Columbia River in 1800, and between 1807 and 1812 he established a network of trading posts that included Saleesh House in western Montana. His five remarkable large maps based on these explorations presented the first clear picture of the greater northwest.
Jack Nisbet, of Spokane WA, is a teacher, naturalist, and writer who explores the intersection of human and natural history in the Intermountain West. His award-winning books include Sources of the River, Purple Flat Top, Visible Bones and most recently, The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau.
These lunchtime lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to Glacier National Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center: http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htm
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