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Friday, September 13 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Kings of Conservation: Public Lands and the Men Who Started It All

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Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and George Bird Grinnell are the men featured in these three books by Montana authors. Join us in a reading and discussion about the history and future of Montana's vast lands.

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West by John Taliaferro

Drawing on forty thousand pages of Grinnell’s correspondence and dozens of his diaries, Taliaferro reveals a man whose deeds and high-mindedness earned him a lustrous peerage, from presidents to chiefs, Audubon to Aldo Leopold, John Muir to Gifford Pinchot, Edward S. Curtis to Edward H. Harriman. Throughout his long life, Grinnell was bound by family and sustained by intimate friendships, toggling between the East and the West. As Taliaferro’s enthralling portrait demonstrates, it was this tension that wound Grinnell’s nearly inexhaustible spring and honed his vision―a vision that still guides the imperiled future of our national treasures.

Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America's Public Lands by John Clayton

John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, co-founded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural systems led him to a philosophy of preserving wilderness unimpaired. Gifford Pinchot founded the U.S. Forest Service and advised his friend Theodore Roosevelt on environmental policy. Raised in wealth, educated in privilege, and interested in how institutions and community can overcome failures in individual virtue, Pinchot’s pragmatic belief in professional management led him to a philosophy of sustainably conserving natural resources.

Theodore Roosevelt & Bison Restoration on the Great Plains by Keith Aune and Glenn Plumb

Troubled by the rapid disappearance of the bison at the end of the 19th Century progressive thinkers began a public discussion calling for the preservation of wild-lands and wildlife in North America. Activists, like Theodore Roosevelt, rose to the call putting a bison restoration plan into action that was incomprehensible during the emerging industrial revolution. Preserving nature and saving iconic wildlife was not an essential ingredient to the plan for national progress. Fighting against the tide of an increasingly industrialized nation these champions raised public conscience saving American bison from extinction. The battle to restore bison in the early 1900's was catalyst for an entire conservation movement spearheaded by the President of our United States, Theodore Roosevelt. America continues to nurture a complicated connection to American bison as it completes the conservation legacy he began.

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Keith Edward Aune

Wildlife Consultant
Theodore Roosevelt & Bison Restoration on the Great PlainsOn October 10, 1907 fifteen enormous bison were crated at the Bronx Zoo in New York and, the next day, shipped out from Fordham Rail Station bound for the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This dramatic event was the culmination... Read More →
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John Clayton

John Clayton is the author of Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Birth of Public Lands, just released in August 2019. Clayton’s research for Natural Rivals—based in part on a monthlong residency at Grey Towers, the Pinchot mansion now run by the U.S. Forest Service—has... Read More →
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John Taliaferro

John Taliaferro, author of Grinnell: American's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West, is a graduate of Harvard College, a former senior editor at Newsweek, and the author of five previous books, including CHARLES M. RUSSELL: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF AMERICA'S... Read More →

Friday September 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
The Dana Gallery