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Park Hosts Centennial Alumni Reunion

Mesa Verde National Park

National Park News

During the weekend of October 13th to October 15th, Mesa Verde National Park hosted a centennial alumni reunion at Far View Terrace, drawing in 260 former park employees from as far east as New Jersey and as far west as Hawaii.

The event was one of a number held by the park this year to commemorate its centennial. On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt establish the park “to preserve the works of man,” namely the long occupation by the ancestral Puebloan peoples.

Among those attending were permanents and seasonals who’d worked at one time or another during the past 60 years, including one who’d been born in the park in 1923.

The three-day event featured sessions on current research, a panel discussion on “growing up in Mesa Verde,” trips to cliff dwellings and research centers, and a concluding banquet and dance. There were also innumerable small get-togethers, as people who’d worked together over the years got together to renew old friendships.

The year’s events will conclude with a holiday open house and centennial finale on December 9th. For particulars on that event, click on “More Information” below.



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