Programs are Free and Open to the Public!
Meeting Date: May 21, 2019
Obsidian: Not just another flaked stone
Found around the globe, obsidian is often thought of as just one of the many flaked stone materials of past cultures. To those who knap, obsidian is a predictable material that offers the sharpest edge possible and results in a uniquely beautiful stone tool. Other skilled craftspeople cut and polish the lustrous volcanic glass into great works of art. Obsidian continues to be useful in modern life, for instance, making exceedingly sharp surgical knives! However, this volcanic glass holds a very different meaning to archaeologists, who can extract data from obsidian – like no other source – and then use it to discuss prehistoric trade, traditions, and life. In North America, obsidian was procured and then traded at great distances. Is obsidian just another flaked stone material, or does it mean more to those who have used it? Join us to learn the multi-faceted story of obsidian, past and present.
About the presenter: Mike Kraus, MA, Term Archaeologist, Royal Gorge Field Office, BLM
Mike Kraus received his MA degree from the University of Cincinnati in anthropology, focusing in archaeology and his BA degree with a triple-major in archaeology, anthropology, and classical civilization. While pursuing his education, he did field work in Albania, Sardinia, the Upper Basin of the Grand Canyon, and in the Ohio Valley. Kraus has worked for the BLM’s Salt Lake Field Office in Utah and the Mendocino National Forest in California. He is currently Term Archaeologist for the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office.
Mark your calendar!
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public!
Location: Colorado Springs Fire Station #19 (community room)
2490 Research Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (map)
Future Meeting Date: June 18, 2019
Glen Eyrie after General Palmer
Stories of dreamers, schemers, and colorful characters
Susan Fletcher, Directory of History and Archives, The Navigators
Colorado Springs mourned when its founder, General William Jackson Palmer, died in 1909. But what happened to Glen Eyrie – his beautiful and beloved home next to Garden of the Gods – before The Navigators purchased the property in 1953? This tempestuous period in Glen Eyrie’s history is filled with colorful characters, natural disasters and schemes, including a real estate scheme that would have put both Glen Eyrie and Garden of the Gods at risk, plus the gold-digging schemes of a wealthy man’s girlfriend and (briefly) wife. Join us to learn about a surprising era of this historic property.
Susan Fletcher received her MA degree in public history from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to joining The Navigators in 2007, she served as the archivist for the Church of God and Lee University. She is coauthor of Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words and is under contract to write Exploring the History of Childhood and Play through 50 Historic Treasures. Fletcher is a past chairman of the Colorado Springs Historic Preservation Board. She is the founder of History Joy, a consulting company specializing in personal archives and oral history interviews.