Department of History

Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Professor

Dr. Andrew Gulliford, ProfessorOffice: 200 Noble Hall
Phone: 970-247-7011
Office Hours: TBA

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Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches popular college courses in wilderness and environmental history and is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award.  He also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His articles and photographs have appeared in national publications including High Country News, Preservation, American Heritage, Colorado Heritage, andMontana.

He writes a regular monthly column titled “Gulliford’s Travels” for the Southwest life section of the Durango Herald and some essays are picked up by the “Writers on the Range” syndicated column of High Country News.  Gulliford also writes for Inside/Outside Southwest andMountain Gazette.

Dr. Gulliford has received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.”

The governor appointed Dr. Gulliford to two terms on the National Register of Historic Places Review Board for the state of Colorado. Gulliford also has his 3rd federal appointment to the BLM’s Southwest Colorado Resources Advisory Council where he represents environmental interests.

Andrew Gulliford has had led tours across the West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Colorado Historical Society.

He regularly donates tours to raise money for the Durango Adult Education Center, American Red Cross, Western Colorado Congress, Fort Lewis College Foundation, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and Great Old Broads for Wilderness.

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Centennial Canoes/Fort Lewis College Alumni Association

Historic interpreter

                   Lower Gunnison River and Escalante & Dominguez Canyons National Conservation

                    Area/Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Canoe trips July, Aug., 2009; July 2010.

                   Colorado River from Fruita to Westwater, Utah through McInnis Canyons

                   National Conservation Area & Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, July 2010.

Colorado Historical Society Study Leader

Dinosaur National Monument:

                   Rafting the Green River through the Gates of Lodore, 2003.

                   Rafting the Yampa River, 2004.

Durango Community Study Leader

Sponsored by the Fort Lewis College Professional Associates and Seniors Outdoors.

                   Historian for a Yampa and Green River Raft Trip, June 2004.

Ongoing tours to benefit the Fort Lewis College Foundation including tours of Canyons of the

                    Ancients National Monument & Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Archaeological and hiking tour of the Bluff, Utah, Comb Ridge and Cedar Mesa Area

for ten select participants who bid $9,000 for the tour on an online auction.

April 30-May 3, 2008; April 1-4, 2010.

National Geographic Society/National Geographic Expert

Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks; Cedar Breaks National Monument, 2005.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Study Leader

History study leader for “National Parks and Historic Places of the West,” which featured travel to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Mount Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Mesa Verde Parks by private jet @ $36,000 per tourist couple,

Summers of 2000 and 2001.

Off the Beaten Path, Missoula, Montana

Local historian/guide for clients exploring the Four Corners region, Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. May 2007 to present.

Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Historian/guide for a four-day Green River trip through the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur

            National Monument, August 5—8, and August 20-22, 2010.

Smithsonian Institution/Smithsonian Journeys  Study Leader

“National Parks of the West” on the private train the American Orient Express

                   Salt Lake City to Albuquerque, 2002, 2003.

“The Lewis & Clark Epic Journey by Rail” on the private train the American Orient Express

                   Portland to Salt Lake City, 2004.

Mighty Columbia River (on the Columbia and Snake Rivers) by cruise ship, 1999-2003.

On the Trail of Lewis & Clark in Montana and Idaho (by canoe and horseback), 2000.

“In the Wake of Lewis & Clark on the Columbia River”

                   (on the Sea Bird with Lindblad Special Expeditions), 2000-2004.

Hiking the Four Corners Region (Utah and Colorado) by van, 2001.

“Southwest Sampler: Native America Arts and Archaeology of the Four Corners Region”

                   Smithsonian Journeys & Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 2003.

La Plata Ridge

La Plata Ridge

Procession Panel, Comb Ridge, Utah

 Procession Panel, Comb Ridge, Utah

Previously Taught Courses

HIST 181: US/SW Environmental History
This course explores the environmental history of the U.S. from pre-European contact through today. The course will look at how the land and culture(s) interacted to reorganize and redefine one another, the relationship between environmental and cultural change andhow the present is linked to the past. This course is the same as SW 181; credit will be given for only one of these courses.

HIST 281: Survey of U.S. History, 1877-Present
Tues/Thur 10:10 a.m.--12:10 p.m., 230 Center for Southwest Studies

A survey of American History from the age of enterprise to the present. The topics covered include the modernization of the economy, the development of American foreign policy, the evolution of the liberal state, the emergence of modern conservatism, and the cultural and social movements that have shaped contemporary America.

HON 223/423: Old West/New West
This course will explore multidisciplinary perspectives in the history of the American West from the 16th century to the present. We will examine conquest, conflicts, and compromises related to ethnicity and race, water rights, public and tribal lands, immigration, settlement, urbanization, tourism, conservation and the environment. Using art, photography, films and textbooks, we will compare and contrast the mythic west to the modern multicultural communities we live in today. We will have a field trip to an historic site and a downtown Durango walking tour.

ENVS 496: Environmental Studies Senior Seminar
Students will complete an independent research project pertaining to environmental issues. A thesis project will be prepared and a final presentation delivered to a general audience. Students are expected to take this course in their final semester.

SW 335: National Parks--America's Best Idea
This course will begin with the history of the National Park Service and the Organic Act, passed in 1916, that required national parks to remain "unimpaired for future generations" thus creating the paradox of public use versus site preservation. The evolution of the National Park Service will be discussed with equal attention to history and science and the concept of national parks as valuable biotic reservoirs for ecosystems and endangered species and as home to spectacular mountain and canyon Western landscapes. The course will also focus on history, archaeology, and anthropology as those disciplines have been interpreted as units of the National Park Service including national monuments national parks, national recreation areas, and national seashores. Field trips will be required.

EGC 312: Global Wilderness
Prerequisite: Junior Standing and CO2 course
This course explores the relationship between human beings and wilderness areas throughout the world. Topics include attitudes about environment, the history of the concept of wilderness, outdoor leadership and group dynamics, and wilderness risk management with examples from the American West and ecologically sensitive areas around the globe including national parks and underwater preserves.
Note: This course is the same as TS2N 405; credit will be give for only one of these courses.

Reporter at Work

 Reporter at Work - Andrew writing notes on back of mule.