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Author Jane Ward Lectures at Carl Hayden Center

May 14
18:52 2014

Take a trip back in time with author Jane Ward and get a glimpse of early Page and Lake Powell at the next Glen Canyon Natural History Association Lecture at 7pm, Thursday evening, May 15 at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.

page and lake powell bookJane Ward and members of past graduating classes from Page High School will be presenting the early history of Page and Lake Powell.

“The people who descended on the remote northern Arizona wilderness in the early 1950s to build Glen Canyon Dam and the town of Page were true pioneers. They arrived to find Glen Canyon, a sandy, desolate hilltop with walls over 700 feet deep that had been part of the vast Navajo reservation, and an incredibly challenging way of life. The first blast necessary for site excavation at Glen Canyon Dam was triggered on October 15, 1957, when Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower pressed a key setting off the explosion from an office in Washington, DC. Almost 10 years later, construction was completed on the nations second-highest concrete dam, harnessing the waters of the Colorado River and forever changing the history of the local area and the West. Today, over three million annual visitors enjoy the diverse and awe-inspiring landscape surrounding Page and Lake Powell.”–Images of America: Page and Lake Powell

Jane has dedicated her book “Images of America: Page and Lake Powell” to her brother, Steve Ward. The book will be available for sale at the event Thursday night. A percentage of all book sales will go directly to support the Powell Museum.

Jane E. Ward is a native of Page. Her parents, Mack and Wanda Ward, owned and operated the first drugstore in Page. She grew up in Page and graduated from Page High School. From there, she continued her education and has a Master of the Arts in history from Northern Arizona University with special interest in the history of Arizona and the Colorado Plateau. Ward was recently the Educational Services Coordinator at Coconino Community College. She feels an intense kinship to the Page community, visitors to the area, and those who wish to learn more about the treasured cultural heritage of the region. She is active in many community charities and volunteers her time to raise funds for the Page Lake Powell Community Foundation and Coconino Community College Kids Camp, a summer educational program for children.

The presentation takes place at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at 7pm. Doors open at 6:40pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is sponsored by Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum, and Page Public Library and is provided as a service to the community and the visitors to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Glen Canyon Dam/Lake Powell.

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