with Hipolito Rafael Chacón
professor of art history and criticism at The University of Montana
From its creation over a hundred years ago, Glacier National Park has been a mecca for visual artists who have found much to appreciate in its natural and scenic beauty. In a 40-minute illustrated presentation followed by discussion, Chacón presents the rich visual history of the park, especially the role played by the Hill family and the Great Northern Railway in developing the park’s infrastructure as well as promoting this national treasure. The lecture focuses on the early years of tourism in the West and the importance of art as a lure to millions of visitors.