"We are particular to preserve...": The Wetherills and Archaeology of Mesa Verde and Beyond

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Date: May 10, 2015
Contact: Carol Sperling, 970-529-4628
Contact: Denise Spain, 970-529-4745

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Harvey Leake, great-grandson of John Wetherill, will offer a program about the Wetherill Family of Mancos, Colorado, regarding their archaeological investigations at Mesa Verde and elsewhere on the Colorado Plateau. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park.

Over a span of many decades, the Wetherill brothers and some of their descendants passionately worked to uncover and preserve the record of the earlier inhabitants of the region. The speaker will share historic family photographs that illustrate their involvement at Mesa Verde National Park and places beyond, including Grand Gulch, Chaco Canyon, and Navajo National Monument.

More than thirty years ago, Harvey Leake began researching the history of his pioneering ancestors, the Wetherills of the Four Corners region. His investigations have taken him to libraries, archives, and the homes of family elders whose recollections, photographs, and memorabilia have brought the story to life. His field research has led him to remote trading post sites in the Navajo country and some of the routes used by his great-grandfather, John Wetherill, to access the intricate canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Harvey was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona. He is a semi-retired electrical engineer.

For more information, please contact Denise Spain, Aramark Far View Lodge at 970-529-4745.



Last updated: May 10, 2015

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