Honoring Donald Worster
Delta by Sam R. Walton
Worster, Environmental Historian
of the William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern
is a leader in the emerging field of environmental history.
His book, A River Running West: the Life of John Wesley Powell
the winner of the William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on
Southwestern America. According to Worster, John Wesley Powell suggested a
revolutionary way of seeing the American landscape and of adjusting political
boundaries to its contours. He
calls it "watershed democracy." Although
defeated in the 19th century, that idea has been recently reborn in both eastern
and western states, with long-term implications that may be vital to
environmental politics of the future. A New York Times reviewer writes that Worster’s book
is a “splendid, vivid, and prodigiously researched biography [that] brings
[Powell] back to life.”
.DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
The Colorado River
travels from Wyoming’s mountains through Utah’s canyon lands and into the
Grand Canyon of Arizona. This
retrospective celebrated three eras of photography, each one telling a unique
story of exploration, science, and recreation.
It combined John Wesley Powell’s 1871 voyage through the Canyons of the
Colorado and Green Rivers, with Hal G. Stephens 1968-69 shots from the same
locations while with the United States Geological Survey, and with Sam
Walton’s present day images, taken while on commercial and scientific trips in
the Grand Canyon. Anne Peterson enriched the exhibition with maps, stereographic
photographs by E.O. Beaman, photographs by John K. Hillers, and material from
U.S. Geological Surveys.
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Last updated October 23, 2002