GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Organizers with the Grand Canyon Association have an impressive lineup of speakers planned for the first half of their 2010 Community Lecture series. Lecture topics will include a presentation on Gunnar Widforss, National Parks painter, an early history of Flagstaff by James Babbitt, and more. According to Helen Ranney with the Grand Canyon Association, lectures through May are planned in Glendale, Prescott and Flagstaff. All Flagstaff lectures will be held at Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Cline Library. All Prescott lectures will be held at the Prescott Public Library.
"The lecture series has been going on since, I believe, 2004. Part of our mission is to support Grand Canyon education and community research. We try to cover all the park's interpretive themes," Ranney said, adding that attendees can include historians, guides, students, hikers and more.
"It's been very well received," she said. "Some of our lecture attendees come from the Phoenix area and drive up and come hear a lecture in Flagstaff. They love the information. We have good speakers; good information and we meet our mission. We bring the Grand Canyon there. At NAU we have a lot of students that will come. In Prescott we have a lot of the people that love to hike Grand Canyon. It's educational and it supports the park."
Lectures, Ranney said, can host anywhere from 60 to 100 interested attendees.
"I've seen as many as 300 come, depending on the topic and whatever else," Ranney said.
Jack Pennington, with the Grand Canyon Field Institute and Webmaster for the Grand Canyon Association, has also begun to post videos of the lectures on You Tube. A link to the videos can be found on the Grand Canyon Association's Web site. Ranney said the videos have also grown in popularity.
"It's been very well received. People can visit them anytime they want," she said.
While the lineup of lectures will run from January through May, Ranney said more would be offered later in the year as well.
"It will start up again in September. We take the summer off," Ranney said. "The program is well respected and it is popular. I already have 2011 speakers in the queue."
Presenter James Babbitt will offer an early history of Flagstaff Jan. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. Babbitt, author of the recent book, "Flagstaff," has deep family roots in the Flagstaff area. On Feb. 17, Brad Dimock will offer a presentation entitled "Murl Emery: Historical, Hysterical Pioneer of the Lower Colorado River" from 7-8:30 p.m. "Call of the Canyon: Moulty Fulmer's 1950s Grand Canyon River Trips" will be presented by Tom Martin March 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. On April 14, Alan Petersen will hold a presentation on Gunnar Widforss, painter of the national parks, from 7-8:30 p.m. Susan Lamb will offer a presentation titled "The Ponderosa Forest: So Much More Than Trees," from 7-8:30 p.m. May 12. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Presenter James Babbitt will share his stories of the early history of Flagstaff Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. On Feb. 14, Brad Dimock's presentation of "Murl Emery: Historical, Hysterical Pioneer of the Lower Colorado River" will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. "Call of the Canyon: Moulty Fulmer's 1950s Grand Canyon River Trips" will be presented by Tom Martin March 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. On April 11, Mark Klett will hold a presentation of "Charting the Canyon: A Photographic Exploration," from 2-3:30 p.m. Todd Weber will hold a presentation of "History of River Runners of the Grand Canyon," from 2-3:30 p.m. on May 9. All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Flagstaff lectures are being offered through a partnership with the Grand Canyon Association, Northern Arizona University's Cline Library and KNAU Arizona Public Radio. Grand Canyon Association, Prescott Public Library and KNAU are providing the Prescott lectures. More information on the lectures can be found online at www.grandcanyon.org.
"We couldn't do it without them," Ranney said of the association's partners.. "They provide us with the venue."