With Duane Vandenbusche, Evan Weatherbie and Dan Williams
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.
Art Exhibit and Reception Following the Program 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Mountain College | Edwards
Colorado’s ranching history has been captured in many different art forms, from sculpture to song. Join the Vail Symposium for a fascinating look at this hard-working aspect of our past, presented in conjunction with an art exhibit of 150 paintings and 90 photos which captures the ranches of Eagle County in painting and photographs by the Vail Valley Art Guild. Presenting on Colorado history will be Colorado Historian’s Council Member and Professor at Western State University, Duane Vandenbusche. He will be joined by Colorado Mountain College instructor, Evan Weatherbie, who will provide insight on Eagle County ranching history. Finally, former Eagle County rancher Danny Williams will provide a personal perspective.
Join us after the Vail Symposium program for the opening of the exhibit of photographs and paintings by local artists of the ranches of Eagle County. More than 100 pieces of art will be on display throughout the CMC campus and many of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work.
Professor of History Duane Vandenbusche is currently the longest-serving active professor at any public higher education institution in Colorado. His tenure at Western Colorado University began in 1962 at the age of 25. Vandenbusche teaches on the history of the U.S. West, especially water, public lands, and the environment, and his history of Colorado’s Western Slope, A Land Alone, has been the standard text on the region since its publication in 1981. Also a legendary running coach, Vandenbusche turned the Mountaineers cross country and track and field programs into national powerhouses from 1971 to 2007, and he is cherished to this day by the hundreds of athletes who ran under him. He is the author of 11 books, including: “The Gunnison Country,” “Around Monarch Pass,” and “Lake City” (in progress, April 2019). In 2018 History Colorado named Vandenbusche to the Colorado Historian’s Council.
Professor Evan Weatherbie grew up riding horses and chasing cows in northeastern Colorado on a small cattle operation in Morgan County. His family worked on a farm and ranch of about 600 acres until a nearby natural gas company lost control pressure monitoring systems and the landscape was left strewn with massive holes, unnatural geysers and gas leaks. After high school, Weatherbie left the farm for a dorm room in the big city of Washington D.C. Weatherbie received a dual degree in international affairs and Japanese language in 2002 and landed a teaching job in Japan in 2004. After teaching in both Japan and India, Professor Weatherbie returned to the United States to formally pursue an education degree and teaching career, which eventually brought him to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards in 2010. Having never lost a passion for the subjects of history, economics, and political science that he studied in his first years of college, Weatherbie began learning history at the graduate level on a part-time basis in 2014. His research interests in education include literacy and working with non-traditional students while his focus in U.S. History lies in the history of the American West. Weatherbie is currently doing research on transmountain water diversion from the Eagle River tributaries to municipalities on the eastern slope: the Homestake Project. Research on water use in Colorado provides an opportunity to examine changing historical perspectives of farmers and ranchers, local officials, and state and federal regulators.
Dan Williams is an Eagle County native who began his adult life raising sheep and cattle. In 1976, though, he turned his attention toward public service and became an Eagle County Commissioner. After two four-year terms, he was elected to the Colorado State House and served four more two-year terms. In 1993, he founded the government relations consulting business, Williams+Simpson. His clients include Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Woolgrowers Association, Colorado Horse Council and many other agricultural- and infrastructure-related organizations. Whether as an elected official or lobbyist, for over 40 years Williams has been an advocate for agriculture in Colorado.
This program is generously underwritten by Mary Lamb Lucas and is presented in partnership with Vail Valley Art Guild