The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series 2015

2015 marks the ninth year of the Fern and J. L. Crawford Lecture Series. Created by ZCFI Director Michael Plyler in 2005, the lecture series mission is to present topics and perspectives not specifically limited to the Colorado Plateau.

August 26 – Dr. Alfred Runte presents “The Enduring Legacy of our National Parks”.

September 18 – has Dr. John Peterson presenting “Brigham’s Bastion: Winsor Castle at Pipe Spring and Its Place on the Mormon Frontier.”

October 16 – another silent film, “The Vanishing American” with live musical accompaniment by members of Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and a pre-film lecture once again by Jeff Crouse.

November Plein Air lectures will include:

  • James Aton presenting – The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones on Tuesday, November 3;
  • Zion Canyon Artist in Residence – Earnest Ward: art journalist, Fort Worth TX on Wednesday, November 4;
  • Kate Starling, sharing Plein Air Painting: A Personal Approach on Thursday, November 5;
  • Michael Plyler sharing In Search of Thomas Moran on Friday, November 6.

August, September and October lectures will be held at Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah at 7:00 p.m.

Plein Air Evening lectures held at 7:00 pm in the Zion Lodge Auditorium. Friday’s Plein Air lecture will be held on the Zion Human History Museum at 11:00 am.

As more lecturers and dates firm up we will make changes to this posting so that you may make plans to join us for an interesting evening lecture. 

For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, please call 435-772-3264 or go to

 Photo by Tif Hafen: James Swenson, BYU Professor of Art History lectures during the Plein Air event at Zion Lodge.