Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W. 1st Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
Dr. William Lipe, Professor Emeritus, Washington State University
When the Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963, Lake Powell started to fill, eventually extending over 180 miles up the Colorado River from the dam site. From 1958 through 1961, archaeologist Bill Lipe led crews studying some of the archaeological sites destined to be destroyed by the lake and its visitors. In this talk, he will draw on his recollections, as wel as on 50-year-old photos and films, to discuss how the archaeological work was done and what was learned before the sites were permanently affected by the development of Lake Powell. He will also touch briefly on the role that the controversy over damming Glen Canyon played in the development of the environmental and historic preservation movements of the 1960s and 1970s.