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Online projects by the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum

Multimedia Exhibits

Our online exhibits include oral histories, historical photographs, and more.

The First Page

This is part of a collaborative oral history project between the Page Public Library and the Powell Museum. This website is designed to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and worked in Page, Arizona during the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, an important time in the history of the American West. [Website]

The Repeat Photography Site for the James J. Hanks Photographs, 1927–1928

This is an important collection of photos, letters, diaries, and memorabilia kept by James Hanks from his 1927 and 1928 trips to Rainbow Bridge. Portions of the collection are held at both the Northern Arizona University Cline Library Special Collections and the Powell Museum. The expeditions, led by well-known anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn, were archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographic, dedicated to researching cultures of northern Arizona and southern Utah. As expedition photographer, James Hanks took hundreds of photographs chronicling the ecology, geology, and people of the area. Nearly 100 years later, James Hanks’ son, Tom Hanks, returned to the exact spot his father had stood in 1927–28 and recreated the photographs using virtual repeat photography. [Website]

Voices of the Colorado Plateau

This online multimedia collection features oral history recordings and photographs documenting life on the Colorado Plateau. The collection is divided into three sections: people, places, and topics. The site is designed to increase viewer’s understanding and appreciation of oral history, the Colorado Plateau, and the American West. First-person accounts make history come alive in an immediate way that is powerful and compelling. [Website]

Reserve a Lake Powell, Colorado River, or Antelope Canyon tour online

“John Wesley Powell . . . was one of the few who believed in evolution by endeavor and who fought for intelligent and scientific planning for the development of society. He believed that progress comes by increasing cooperation among men, and he dreamed of developing a science that would provide the knowledge whereby men could live together in peace and mutual cooperation.”

—William T. Pecora, USGS Director, August 1969


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