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Bicentennial of the Long Expedition

July 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Long Expedition Exploring the Front Range, 1820
Monday, July 13th, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Long Expedition Exploring the Front Range, 1820

From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains and back. Major Stephen Long’s U.S. Government expedition traveled by boat, horseback, and foot in 1819 and 1820. Along their way, the explorers met hardship and success in addressing various tasks assigned to them.

This 75 minute program celebrates the expedition’s bicentennial, while focus-ing on their adventures in the South Platte and Arkansas River valleys during the summer of 1820. Highlights are the company’s scientific, geologic, and geographic discoveries in today’s Douglas, Jefferson, and El Paso Counties. Quotes from the explorers’ journals and artwork from the exploration’s illustrators enrich this presentation by storyteller John Stansfield.


Did you know?

Many of the areas where the Long Expedition traveled in our region are lands that DLC permanently protects. Sketches and journal entries show that the group was at what is now Dawson Butte, Sandstone Ranch and Perry Park.

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The event is offered free of charge, but as a nonprofit, DLC kindly requests a donation of $10 per person to continue offering quality programs.

DLC events fill quickly. If the event is full, contact DLC staff to be added to the wait list. [email protected] or (303) 688-8025.

Meet Your Presenter: John Stansfield

For forty years, storyteller and author John Stansfield has recounted stories from the American West and the world. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician. He authored biographies, Enos Mills: Rocky Mountain Naturalist and John Denver: Man for the World (Filter Press 2005, 2008, respectively). His book Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002) earned a Colorado Authors’ League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. John’s latest book, a folkloric short story collection titled Rocky Mountain Stories To Read Aloud or Alone, is pending publication.




July 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm