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Oral History Program – February

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Early agriculture on the Colorado Plateau required incredible hard work and overcoming challenges posed by nature.

Our February Oral History presentation will be Early Agriculture on the Colorado Plateau.

Bob Silbernagel will be presenting this program. Bob is very well known in the Grand Valley and  has written about history for magazines and currently, The Daily Sentinel. Bob is also the author of several books, including Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado. His most recent book is titled  Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

For thousands of years, people have been growing plants and raising livestock on the Colorado Plateau, beginning with prehistoric Indians who grew maize and raised turkeys. When Europeans arrived, more intensive agricultural activities commenced – involving sheep, cattle and horses, then later irrigated crops ranging from grain to fruit and wine.

 Silbernagel’s 30-minute presentation of Early Agriculture on the Colorado Plateau examines some of the most important evidence of prehistoric farming and the key developments that have led to modern agriculture. Much of the information in this slide presentation is taken from his book, Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau, which was published in 2018.

 The Mesa County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Mesa County history through meetings and programs about local history. This program is jointly sponsored by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Coffee will be served and we usually have cookies.

For more information contact MCHS President, Priscilla Mangnall at 970-260-5226 or at Priscilla.Mangnall@gmail.com or contact the Loyd Files Research Library at (970) 242-0971, ext. 209.


February 21
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Museums of Western Colorado
Mesa County Historical Society


Whitman Educational Center
248 S. Fourth Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501 United States
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