“Early Images of Page and Lake Powell” by Jane E. Ward
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The people who descended on the remote northern Arizona wilderness in the early 1950s to build Glen Canyon Dam and the town of Page were true pioneers. They arrived to find Glen Canyon a sandy, desolate hilltop with walls over 700 feet deep that had been part of the vast Navajo reservation, and an incredibly challenging way of life. The first blast necessary for site excavation at Glen Canyon Dam was triggered on October 15, 1957, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower pressed a key setting off the explosion from an office in Washington, DC. Almost 10 years later, construction was completed on the nation’s second-highest concrete dam, harnessing the waters of the Colorado River and forever changing the history of the local area and the West. Today, over three million annual visitors enjoy the diverse and awe-inspiring landscape surrounding Page and Lake Powell.
Author Jane E. Ward, a native of Page, has a master of the arts in history from Northern Arizona University with special interest in the history of Arizona and the Colorado Plateau. She is the Educational Services Coordinator at Coconino Community College and feels an intense kinship to the Page community, visitors to the area, and those who wish to learn more about the treasured cultural heritage of the region. Ward is active in many community charities and volunteers her time to raise funds for the Page Lake Powell Community Foundation and Coconino Community College Kids Camp, a summer educational program for children.
Thursday May 15th at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.