Named for its springs, it served as a major point on the railroad and
now thrives as
a tourist destination. Courtesy of Frontier Historical Museum, Glenwood
River WE Know: Community Self-Portraits
The 22 host sites
created programs to suit their local communities. Some created an exhibit
that complemented the traveling exhibit; some devised a film series; some
created a series of events or tours or other programs appropriate to highlight
the relevance of the river in their community; some offered historic walking
tours; some will conduct an oral history project; some created a readers
theater; some created a slide show or other portrait of their community.
For a list of programs
BY STATE, see below:
Visitor at Moving Waters Exhibit in Page Arizona March 2002
Plans to create:
A slide show with narration called Crossings of the Colorado
River Hite to Lees Ferry." The slide show addressed
the people at each of the crossings such as the ferry operators, the
Mormon pioneers at Hole in the rock, todays ferry operation,
the Glen Canyon Bridge, and how they affected the river or the river
Planned to create:
A publication that would provide informative and comprehensive understanding
of what the river has meant to the Parker area. The 20-page publication
included a summary of the contributions made by Nellie Bush to the
Parker and Yuma area, her influences on the laws and economy of the
Colorado River, and a brief historical summary of the Lower Colorado
River. In addition the publication contained short remembrances or
stories by local residents, including Parker and the Colorado River
Indian Reservation. This publication was distributed to all participants
attending the 21 Moving Waters programs scheduled throughout La Paz
Planned to create:
A slide show of the Moving Waters events that celebrate the Colorado
River. This combined with historic photos to tell the past of the
river and the present day use. The project was completed after all
the programs in Yuma conclude. An additional public program was given
upon completion of the slide show.
Hold a River Celebration on 1 July 2002 at the Uintah County Library.
This involved numerous local, state and federal agencies as well as
water authorities and recreation businesses, from river runners to
spring water distributors. Before the Water Wars lecture, a dutch
oven cook will explained his art and provided refreshments. The Library
published a booklet of rivers stories submitted by local residents
and hosted an invitational 'water art' show. The US Fish and Wildlife
Service had a display about endangered fish and maintaining an aquarium.
MARC hosted the exhibit and auxiliary exhibits including a book display
(over 100 titles) at the Moab Library and a Local River History exhibit
at the Dan O'Laurie Museum. Six weekly special lectures were held
at the Moab Information Center. A River Music/Spoken Word Concert
was held on May 18 and
a Moving Water Art Class for Kids was held at the River. The Film
Society will host a series of movies and documentaries, Moab Repertory
Theater created a new work, and a hosted a hike to clean the banks
of the Colorado river.
3 Bill Swan presents Water Wars:
An Introduction to the Law of the River at Needles Branch Library
The Needles Branch Library created two programs
dealing with the local history as impacted by the Colorado River.
On February 9th, Botanist John Hohstadt led a historical river wetlands
walk covering native flora and its uses by native people. On February
21st, Tribal Elder, Llwellyn Barrackman, and members of the tribal
dance group told their story of the inter-connective ness of creation,
their river's place in it and life growing up in the tribe whose name
means "People by the Water".
WYOMING - Visit
the "The River WE Know" web site created by the Pinedale Middle
School Technology Class
the creation of The River WE Know community portraits:
Some of the questions
the communities addressed included:
How is the original
founding of your city connected with the Colorado or its tributaries?
What are the symbols
of your city that relate to the river or its tributaries?
What is the most significant event connected with the river that affected
the life of your city?
What are some situations
directly upstream that affect the quantity and quality of water in your
How is the Colorado
River water changed by flowing through your city?
Who are some of
the artists, writers, poets, photographers that capture the role of
the river in your community?
What artifact best
signifies what the river has meant to your community or what your community
has meant to the river?
What rights to
Indians, farmers, river runners, and others have in your community?
What is your attitude
toward large cities like Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,
San Diego that rely heavily on the Colorado? Which of these cities
has most directly affected your community and how?
How have dams affected
your community? Is there a dam that is especially critical to the life
of your community? Is there one that is critical to the life of the
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