Oral History Update
Oops. Now weve done it. Accidentally went and
got a grant to continue the oral history project. Many thanks to Mrs. Jane Ivancovich, who
started the Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation. And to Dr.
Jessica Harrison of Tucson, a veteran dory passenger, who along with her cohorts on the
Foundations board, has given us the funding to, as our proposal put it:
1. Tape record, transcribe and archive (at NAUs Cline Library)
interviews with 60 participants.
Talk in depth with boatmen and women, their passengers, various outfitters,
and the rangers whove tried to regulate them all. Pay attention to stories of the
wilder adventures and mishaps, but also examine aspects of a broad evolution. How did
river running as we know it start out? Where did it go? What is the significance of Glen
Canyon Dam? What happened in the mid-sixties with the Sierra Club and the fight to stop
more dams in the Canyon? What happened during the big flood of 1983? And the Environmental
Impact Statement of 1994? When it comes to management, where do we go from here?
2. Publish the results. First in installments via the GCRG newsletter. Later
in book form of some kind.
Thats what we asked for and it worked. Rather better than we had hoped
for. Now that we have our generous grant, were looking for input on how to make the
best use of it. Thats where we need help from YOU. What are the wildest, most
incredible stories we need to record? Who should we talk to at all? Who should we talk to
first? Please let us know by sending comments to The Oral History Project, care of GCRG