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UW American Studies Preservation Projects Subject of Talk at AMK Ranch

June 18, 2010 — Historic preservation projects in the area is the topic for the summer seminar series Thursday, June 24, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

University of Wyoming American Studies instructor Mary Humstone will discuss "Partners in Preservation: American Studies in the Field" at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

In her discussion, Humstone says Jackson Hole is widely recognized for natural resource conservation, but less known are the fascinating historical resources that remain in the area. The UW American Studies program has for more than two decades partnered with federal and state agencies and private individuals on historic preservation projects throughout Wyoming and in the Jackson Hole area.

Armed with clipboards and cameras, UW students document cultural landscapes, interview property owners and historians, measure and record buildings and make recommendations for preserving historic places and what stories to tell, Humstone says. Her illustrated presentation will highlight some projects that UW students have worked on in Jackson, including the AMK Ranch.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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