Position: Professor emeritus, Fort Lewis College

About: Duane Smith is professor emeritus of history at Fort Lewis College.

Book preserves Havasupai history

The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai: As Retold By Elders and Headmen Manakaja and Sinyella 1918–1921 had an interesting history before it reached publication. As renowned anthropologist...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Books

Arcadia revisits San Juans with two new books

Two new books in Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series capture two of the most eye-catching sights of the SanJuan Mountains - Ouray and the San Juan Skyway that passes through it - in...

DATE: June 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Centennial kicked off with visit from former president

“Durango begins its centennial" headlined the first page of the Aug. 14, 1980, Durango Herald.Wednesday, Aug. 14, had been a busy day in the community. The evening program at the fairgrounds...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Flu outbreak, skiing and Broncos ushered in 1978

As 1978 got under way, Durangoans found much about local, state and national news to pass the time of day in theirreading. “Local flu outbreak studied," headlined the Herald on Jan. 6. Sixty to 70...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Local author teams on Colo. River guide

Arizonan Pete Klocki and local educator Tiffany Mapel, two longtime Lake Powell lovers, collaborated on A Wild RedheadTamed: A Brief History of the Colorado River and Lake Powell. (Bloomington:...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Thanksgiving '73 came at a time of great change

Durangoans paused in 1973 to enjoy a holiday and "crammed" themselves with turkey and all the holiday "goodies." Then they could sit back and enjoy football, friendship or just take a nap. Maybe...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Drug bust showed Durango wasn't isolated from world

Will Rogers observed that "Durango was out of the way and glad of it." But by the 1970s, it sat in the mainstream of America. For example, in the last week of August 1972, shocked Durangoans read...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Loss of rail service a dual issue for Durango in '60s

On Aug. 1, 1969, Colorado Day, the state was going to celebrate its 93rd birthday. Durangoans, however, had something more important on their minds that day than a birthday. As The Durango Herald's...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Seen from the '70s, Durango's future looked bright

As Durango entered the decade of the 1970s, a group of residents talked about their town. Durango, like most of Colorado, had been growing and overall economically booming since the end of World...

DATE: July 5, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Book compiles recounts of Yellowstone's early days

"A beautiful enchantment held me spellbound. Beneath and around me was arranged a mighty amphitheatre, studded with castles, domes and towers; and places of sculptured ruby ... "Thus did an 1873...

DATE: June 12, 2009 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

'60s,'70s brought dawn of parks and open space

As the 1960s ended and the 1970s began, Durango looked to open space and parks as a way to preserve the community's "quality of life."Despite having had parks since 1880, pressure was building for...

DATE: June 7, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Book looks at red-light women

Prostitution was part and parcel of the old West, as indigenous as the farmer and the gunfighter. The subject has fascinated scholars and the public for nearly as long as reports filtered east,...

DATE: April 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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