Fort Lewis College history professor Duane Smith will discuss his recent book, Mesa Verde National Park, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Maria's Bookshop.
Smith teaches Southwest Studies at FLC and is the author of more than 40 books about Colorado and Southwest history. His latest book is heavy on images of Mesa Verde collected from the National Park archives and other public and private collections.
Mesa Verde National Park was America's first cultural park and also the world's first cultural heritage park. Created in 1906, it preserves the sites and materials of the ancestral Puebloan people. The park's rich archaeological history was played out amid some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the West. The greater story of the evolution of the park encompasses the Ute people, Theodore Roosevelt, novelist Willa Cather and other personalities. The vintage photographs in Smith's book tell that saga, which is as fascinating as that of the Puebloans.