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...

July 21, 2022
Wildlife success or deal with the devil?

Land swap approved in Southwest Colorado, but not without detractors

July 21, 2022
Tapping out

The latest strategy to save the San Luis Valley's shrinking aquifer: paying farmers not to farm

July 14, 2022
Hey, good environmental news

Despite SCOTUS ruling, San Juan Generating Station plans to shut down