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Powell Museum Hosts Open House to Honor Stan Jones

April 01
22:43 2014

The man behind the famous maps of Lake Powell, Stan Jones, will be honored at an open house at the Powell Museum on Saturday, April 5. The open house is from 4pm to 5:30pm inside the museum located at 6 North Lake Powell Boulevard.

Stan JonesThe museum and Friends of Lake Powell will also be taking suggestions for a Stan Jones memorial landmark at this time.

When Stan Jones passed away in 2007, Friends of Lake Powell decided to name a Lake Powell landmark after him to recognize his advocacy and passion for the area. They had to wait awhile. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names requires a 5 year waiting period to officially name something after someone. The Board considers nominations who have had an association with a geographic feature or made significant contributions to the area. Stan Jones qualifies for both.

For over 30 years, Jones published an explorer’s map of Lake Powell. He also designed, wrote and published numerous books and articles promoting the Lake Powell area.

When Lake Powell was first filling in the mid-1960s, Jones explored Glen Canyon for weeks on end, experiencing places that few had ever seen. Requests from friends prompted him to create the Stan Jones’ Boating and Exploring Map of Lake Powell Country. He updated it every year.

In 1969, Jones co-founded and became the first director of the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum. The museum showcases Powell’s journeys down the Colorado River, the history of Page and the Indian cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Jones was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2002 for his work in preserving the state’s natural heritage.

The Museum plans to display some of Stan’s old cameras, old maps, scrapbooks, explorer log books and research materials including a selection of photographs from his collection and miscellaneous items such as his Mr. Lake Powell belt buckle.”–Kim Keisling, Powell Museum Curator.

Refreshments will be served at the open house. All attendees will receive a free copy of Lake Powell Magazine’s “Lake Powell Hikes” and a Friends of Lake Powell bumper sticker.

Friends of Lake Powell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is the preservation, protection and promotion of Lake Powell.

The Powell Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of John Wesley Powell, the City of Page, and the Colorado Plateau.

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