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Archaeology Society meeting to explore historical conservation efforts


CAVE CREEK – Learn more about the efforts made to preserve the American West throughout history at the April 13 Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting.

Hugh Grinnell, an Arizona Humanities speaker, will present The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, The Father of Glacier National Park. The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year old man disappeared before his eyes in a very short amount of time; he took up the cause of protecting the land, earning him the title of “Father of American Conservation.” 

George Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society to save non-game birds from extinction, cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park, as well as lobbying for other parks. He discovered the Grinnell Glacier in 1887. This presentation travels back in time to the 19th century by listening to Grinnell’s own words taken from his field journals, memoirs, personal correspondence, and newspaper editorials.

Presenter Hugh Grinnell received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Arizona.  Since his retirement in 2004, Grinnell has studied the history of the great American West.  After discovering an old Great Northern Railway passenger car named “Grinnell Glacier,” he researched the origin of the car’s name.  The GNR Grinnell Glacier was named in honor of George Bird Grinnell a naturalist and explorer, a distant cousin of Hugh Grinnell. Grinnell continues to carry on his research of George Bird Grinnell (“the man called Bird”) and the Grinnell family, writing articles and producing DVDs.  In 2010, he presented “Saving the Great American West” at the annual convention of the GNR Historical Society and 100th anniversary of the establishment of Glacier National Park, held in Glacier National Parke.

Archaeology Society meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with refreshments available at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the community building at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

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