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August 21, 2021
11:00 AM
Silver City, NM 88062
Free admission, $5 suggested donation
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Miners, Ranchers, and Environmentalists: How They Perceived and Valued the Land

Saturday, August 21, 2021

As part of the Silver City Museum’s Unpacking Silver City series, historian Dr. Stephen Fox will relate our history to our land. He will be joined afterward by guest commentators. Dr. Fox’s presentation is an environmental history of Grant County since 1870, divided into three epochs: The Frontier Era, 1870-1900; The Conservation Era, 1900-1960; and The Environmental Era, 1960-2020. He recounts how humans used, abused, and protected the land. At first the land seemed limitless. But in our arid landscape, resources are precious. Ranching and mining require huge supplies. In the 20th century, federal conservation began to regulate water, timber, and grazing. 1960 marked the rise of the modern environmental movement. Since 1980 most of the active environmentalists in Grant County have been people who grew up elsewhere. Dr. Fox asks why. Stephen Fox was born in Boston and earned his PhD in US history at Brown University. He published seven books and moved to Silver City in