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Rural West Conferences

Eccles Family Rural West Conferences

Agendas, attendees, and recaps of Eccles Family Rural West Conferences


2017 Conference

Fifth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference
March 23-25, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The 2017 Eccles Rural West Conference will take place from March 23-25 in Santa Fe, home of our co-organizers, the School for Advanced Research.  Read more »


Past Conferences

Spring 2016
People and Place in the Rural American West, Missoula, Montana

Spring 2015
Preservation and Transformation, the Future of the Rural West, Troutdale, Oregon

Spring 2014
Rethinking the Rural-Urban Divide In the Modern West, Stanford, California

Fall 2012
Toward a Common Understanding of Regional Issues, Ogden, Utah


Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom

Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.