"Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service"

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Date: May 24, 2016
Contact: Cristy Brown, 970-529-4608

On Friday, June 3, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Chapin Mesa Museum, Mesa Verde National Park will host a presentation by Ren and Helen Davis as part of the 2016 Four Corners Lecture Series.  The Davis's will share the story of George Alexander Grant through his iconic photographs of the National Parks.

George Alexander Grant was the first chief photographer for the National Park Service.  During his 25+ year career with the NPS, his travels took him to over 100 national parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields, and other locations.  Traveling more than 140,000 miles and taking over 30,000 images, George's work captured a developing and expanding park service, including adding parks during the New Deal; documenting the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps; and recording survey expeditions into new units.

Ren and Helen Davis are freelance writers, specializing in historical travel and guidebooks.  They currently have six books in print.  Ren is a retired hospital executive, after 32 years with Emory Healthcare.  Helen is a retired elementary educator with over 29 years of teaching in the public and private school systems.

The Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations about the archaeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area.  All programs are free and open to the public.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by the Anasazi Heritage Center; ARAMARK Parks and Destinations; Bureau of Land Management; Cortez Cultural Center; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum; Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Department of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies; Friends of Cedar Mesa; Colorado Archaeological Society, Hisatsinom Chapter; KSJD Dryland Community Radio; Mesa Verde Foundation; Mesa Verde Museum Association; Mesa Verde National Park; San Juan Basin Archaeological Society; and Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance.  For a list of other programs in the series, go to www.mesaverde.org/four-corner-lecture-series.



Last updated: May 24, 2016

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