Registration Open for Yellowstone Conference Co-hosted by UW Libraries, MSU Library | News

February 18, 2022

Dayton Duncan

Registrations are now open for the 2022 »Yellowstone Collecting Conversationswhich will be co-hosted by the University of Wyoming Libraries and the Montana State University (MSU) Library.

“Yellowstone Collecting Conversations” will take place Sunday through Wednesday, June 5-8, at MSU in Bozeman, Mt. The conference coincides with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park. The first “Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone” conference was held in 2019 in Cody.

Scholars, educators, private collectors, museum curators, librarians, archivists and members of the public are invited to the conference to explore aspects of collecting documentation about the park and its wider ecosystem, including the objects, documents, stories, data and representations, and to look at the changing nature of collecting and curating these materials.

“This ‘Collecting Yellowstone’ conference presents a unique opportunity for UW Libraries and the University of Wyoming to partner with our colleagues at Montana State University and help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the park’s founding,” said said Ivan Gaetz, Dean of UW Libraries. “Following our partnership with Brigham Young University in 2019, these conferences focus on the educational aspects of preserving and promoting a wide range of historical records relating to Yellowstone National Park. attention to national parks – what Wallace Stegner calls “America’s best idea” – to new levels of intrigue and fascination.

The conference will include guest speakers, expert presentations, social events and networking opportunities. Additionally, the conference will include a vendor fair on June 6 and 7, which will be open to conference attendees and the public.

Over 50 people from across the country will be presenting at the conference. Speakers include retired Yellowstone National Park historian Lee Whittlesey; author Diane Smith; Shane Doyle, Apsaalooke Nation; and environmental leader Mike Clark.

“This conference will bring together the voices of many communities who have an enduring interest in collecting aspects of the park and the surrounding ecosystem, and it will explore the use and understanding of collections such as memories, stories and data,” says Jan Zauha, MSU Librarian of Humanities and Library Outreach and Co-Chair of the Conference Program Committee. “Opportunities for conversations among historians, teachers, Native Americans, artists, conservationists, archivists, and the public will connect diverse perspectives on this environmentally and culturally significant area.”

Conference events include a June 7 Keynote Dinner with Dayton Duncan, an award-winning documentary writer and director who frequently collaborates with Ken Burns. Duncan is co-author, with Burns, of the companion volume to the PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”.

Advance registration for the full conference, including the June 7 main dinner, is $250 through April 15. Basic early bird registration, which does not include the Duncan event, is $200. Full conference registration drops to $300 on April 16 and basic conference registration drops to $250 on April 16. Those not planning to attend the full conference can purchase tickets for the opening dinner from April 16.

To register for the conference, go to Closing of registrations on May 25.

A post-conference tour will visit Jackson and Yellowstone National Park Thursday-Saturday June 9-11. For more information, visit

For more information on “Yellowstone Collecting Conversations”, visit

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