Extraordinary ancient cultures, incomparable natural history and uninterrupted wilderness are but a few details that come to mind when one ponders the American Southwest. The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College connects individuals with the oppportunity to explore and learn about about this regions unique and dynamic history. Since its founding in 1964, the Center has become an invaluable rescource for hands-on research. With exhibit space, an archival repository, special collections library, classrooms and labs, even a quick tour of the facilities reveals the treasury of knowledge contained within.

Shelved books await readers at the Centers special collections
research library. Student employee Kelly Webers organizes aging newspaper articles
in the Robert Delaney Research Library. A colorized black and white photograph from the Post Cards from
the Nina Webber Collection depicts smelters processing ore in
Durango. Circa early 1900s. Ancestral Puebloan pot,Olla as its known, was discovered in
Southeast Utah in the late 1950s. This was the Centers 1st
acquisition. A print of an old 1890s Caxton Co. map of the San Juan
Mountains. Perfect geometry and bright colors are typical characteristics
of Navajo Rug weavings. Shown here are a few expamples on display
at the Center.


In this week's issue...

January 25, 2024
Bagging it

State plastic bag ban is in full effect, but enforcement varies

January 26, 2024
Paper chase

The Sneer is back – and no we’re not talking about Billy Idol’s comeback tour.

January 11, 2024
High and dry

New state climate report projects continued warming, declining streamflows