01 Bright Angel Canyon & NR with snow from SR GRCA NP AZ (800x600)
Looking toward the North Rim
Yippee, I’m headed to Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim for the Grand Canyon History Symposium. The North Rim, where I work summers, is closed for the winter.  Going to pack my long-johns and polypropylene as there’s snow on the ground and it’s been cold and windy.
02 GRCA Historical Society logo
Friday I’ll be a volunteer at the registration desk.
The Grand Canyon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 3rd Grand Canyon History Symposium, a gathering of professional and avocational historians who will speak about historical topics specific to Grand Canyon National Park.  The goals of the symposium are to increase the knowledge and understanding of the history pertaining to the Grand Canyon and adjacent areas, and to promote communication and sharing among canyon historians, writers and enthusiasts.”
03 Train station SR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)
Train station on South Rim
Some symposium attendees will ride the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams Depot to the South Rim which includes a Wild West Shootout.  I’ve opted to drive up.
04 Ellsworth & Emery Kolb lifesize cutouts Kolb Studio Residence tour SR GRCA NP AZ (600x800)
Ellsworth & Emery Kolb
Field trips include a tour of the historic Kolb Studio and residence lead by the Grand Canyon Field Institute’s director Mike Buchheit, a walk on The Trail of Time guided by geologist Wayne Raney…
05 Wooden dory Wen Nevills Expedition at VC, training, SR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)
…a tour of the Park’s collection of historic river-running boats and other important artifacts of Grand Canyon river history by river runner Brad Dimock, and a Grand Canyon cemetery tour by historian John Azar.
06 Colorado River trip (768x1024)
The lineup of speakers is long and covers a variety of topics including archaeology, Native Americans, Colorado River, transportation, cowboys, geologists, families from the canyon, explorers, disasters, and artists.  To view a complete schedule of speakers go here.
07 Storm & rainbow over canyon SR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x530)
I’m pretty excited about all of this, get to learn while at Grand Canyon. I been missing that big ditch.
08 Kolb Studio & cloudy canyon with snow SR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)
This is what Kolb Studio looked like when I was on the South Rim last year in February.
The Grand Canyon History Symposium is designated as an Official Centennial Event, as sanctioned by the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation Sanctioned Events