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Seventh Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

Destination: West

Park City, Utah, April 5-6, 2019

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 5

12:00 – 1:15 pm
Registration and welcoming lunch
Park City Peaks Hotel
  • Welcome: David M. Kennedy, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
  • Introduction: Thomas Schnaubelt, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University
  • Keynote: Kirk Siegler, NPR, “Reporter’s Notebook: Covering the Rural West”

5:30 - 6:00 pm
Reception and networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Dinner and keynote

  • Introduction: C. Hope Eccles, Bill Lane Center for the American West Advisory Council, Stanford University
  • Keynote: Greg Thompson, University of Utah, Park City, White Gold and the Emergence of the Amenity West”
8:00 pm onward
Cancelled due to cloud cover: Star Party Event
Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter, 1258 Center Dr, Park City



Saturday, April 6

7:00 – 9:00 am

8:30 – 8:45 am
Reflections on Public Opinion in the Amenity West

12:15 – 1:00 pm
Lunch and closing remarks
  • Bruce E. Cain, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Optional: Complimentary Guided Tour of the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles 2002 Olympic Games Museum
3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City


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.