D.I.N.E. goes to Durango!

Today! Our popular community series D.I.N.E. (Dinner, Ideas 'N Exchange) will change hats for a day to become (Drinks, Ideas 'N Exchange) for a special presentation in Durango today, Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm.

We're teaming up with our co-sponsor Fort Lewis College to feature 5th-generation Durango native and Colorado Book Award-winning author Jack Turner as special guest for an evening of drinks, hors d'oeuvres and adventure. Following the reception at 6:30 p.m., Mr. Turner will present his new illustrated lecture, "From The Great Pyramids to Rainbow Bridge: Images and Stories from Ansel F. Hall, the leader of 'The Last Great Expedition.'"

D.I.N.E. (Drinks, Ideas 'N Exchange) will take place in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom located in the Student Union, 1000 Rim Drive. Tickets, available at Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main St., Durango or by calling Colorado Humanities at (303) 894-7951, are $12 in advance for the presentation and a sumptuous smorgasbord of appetizers, and $15 at the door.

There will be a cash bar.

Jack Turner's illustrated lecture is based on his book, "Landscapes on Glass: Lantern Slides for the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition," which recounts an historic six-year expedition from 1933 to 1938 in America's desert southwest through original stories, photographs and lantern slides inherited from his grandfather, the American naturalist Ansel F. Hall.

After returning from military service in France during World War I, Ansel Hall was named the first Chief Naturalist of the National Park Service in 1923. He had previously graduated from the University of California with a degree in forestry in 1917, and subsequently worked as a ranger at Sequoia National Park.  During his life as naturalist and forester, he established innovative and interpretive programs for Yosemite National Park, founded the Yosemite Museum Association, and authored numerous publications, including guides to Yosemite Valley, Sequoia, General Grant and Mesa Verde National Parks. Mr. Turner's grandfather organized and led the journey, called by some "The Last Great Expedition," that made it possible for his team of explorers to document the land from the Rainbow Bridge in Utah to Monument Valley on the Colorado Plateau, providing a wealth of information and understanding of the history and geography of the Four Corners region.

Jack Turner-who, like his grandfather, is an extensive traveler-set out to learn about a family treasure he inherited from Hall, the collection of beautiful, hand-tinted lantern slides. With no definite idea of where the slides were taken or why, Mr. Turner explored throughout the Four Corners from Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation and Hopi Mesas to the Grand Canyon and Bryce and Zion National Parks to find out. As a result of the quest, he discovered the source and meaning of the legacy-an important and unique panoramic of our cultural heritage.

In 2011, Jack Turner's book won first place in the Colorado Book Awards pictorial category, and first place EVVY awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association for history, layout and design. Noting the country's debt to the expedition's early conservationists, President Bill Clinton called Hall's lantern slides inspiring, and Turner's book "a story for everyone." The Durango Herald, in a March 2011 article, called "Landscapes on Glass" a masterwork, stating, "Turner has put together an important piece of historical documentation that is not only fascinating to study and look at, it acts as an historical guide into 19th century Southwest America."

For more information about the November D.I.N.E. (Drinks, Ideas 'N Exchange) with Jack Turner or to buy your ticket now at the $12 price, call us before 3 pm today at (303) 894-7951. Or simply buy tickets at the door for $15.