John Wesley Powell and The Great West
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
December 18, 2009
Historian Donald Worster discusses John Wesley Powell’s 1869 journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers and his trip through the Grand Canyon, the first recorded passage in American history, on Thursday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Worster, a distinguished professor at the University of Kansas, is the author A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell. The book details Powell’s entire life, but at the heart of the biography is Powell’s journey down the Colorado in 1869, including harrowing experiences, lethal accidents, and breathtaking discoveries.
Worster is considered one of the founders of the field of environmental history and remains a leading figure in the field today. He is the author of several books, including The Wealth of Nature, Under Western Skies, and the Bancroft Prize-winning Dust Bowl.
A River Running West won several awards, including the 2000 David W. and Beatrice C. Evans Biography Award and the 2001 Spur Award for Best Biography given by the Western Writers of America.
Copies of A River Running West will be available for sale, and Worster will sign copies purchased during the event.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
The program complements Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, an exhibit now on display at the Central Library.