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Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West

Eccles Family Rural West Conference, Troutdale, Oregon, March 4-6, 2015

Keynote Speaker

William Wyckoff

This year's keynote speaker is William Wyckoff, author of How to Read the American West: A Field Guide (University of Washington Press, 2014).   The book uses maps, photographs, and historical anecdotes to highlight 100 different landscape features of the American West and discuss their impact on, and integration with, human existence.  Highly interdisciplinary, the book touches on aspects of the West from dry lakes to dude ranches and Los Alamos to Las Vegas.  Wyckoff's keynote will share his motivations for writing the book and what he learned about the West while he was doing it.

A native of Southern California, Wyckoff is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University.  His research  focuses on the historical and cultural geography of the American West, and he has authored other books on geography and landscape evolution, including On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006) and Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western Landscape, 1860-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).



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.