The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition again partner to offer a dynamic series of three evening programs. This year’s focus is geology and the prehistory of humans in the Greater Yellowstone area. The programs take place May 19, June 15, and July 21 at the Center of the West. Each begins with a free talk at 6:15 p.m. followed by a reception of light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
On May 19, renowned archaeologist Dr. George Frison presents Hunting Mammoths and Extinct Bison: Earliest Evidence of Human Activity in the Big Horn Basin. The program draws on Frison’s extensive research into archaeology and the prehistoric hunters of the region and across the High Plains. His work on Paleoindian hunters of the Clovis culture, which at 14,000 years old is widely considered the oldest cultural find in North America, is recognized worldwide.
Frison, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, headed that department from 1967 – 1995. He also served as the first Wyoming State Archaeologist beginning in 1968. His many papers and books—including Prehistoric Hunters of the High Plains, first published in 1978 and now in its third edition—have made Frison an internationally-recognized figure in archaeology.
During his career, Frison has led field work at important sites in Wyoming including the Clovis Colby mammoth kill site near Worland, the 10,000-year-old Casper bison kill site, the Folsom site near Shell, and a bison kill site in Gillette. He has received the lifetime achievement award from the Society for American Archaeology, the University of Wyoming’s Distinguished Former Faculty award, and the College of Arts and Sciences Medallion award. He continues to do fieldwork.
The Draper Museum and Greater Yellowstone Coalition series continues June 15 with Dr. Robert Carson speaking on The Ultimate Geologic Coincidence, and concludes July 21 with Dr. Cathy Whitlock’s talk on Yellowstone’s Past, Yellowstone’s Future.
For more information on this special lecture series co-sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history/programs/, or contact Draper Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. Learn more about the Center at centerofthewest.org, and about the Greater Yellowstone Coalition at www.greateryellowstone.org.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.