Frank Power to give talk on John Wesley Powell

ECWG member Frank R. Power MN’93, will give a luncheon talk on John Wesley Powell at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant at 5333 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Power says: “We have regular dinners in the Powell Room at the Cosmos Club, but how much do we know about the man after whom it is named?  John Wesley Powell (1834 – 1902) was a Civil War hero, geologist and explorer of the American West.

“He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, that included the first known passage through the Grand Canyon.

“He served as director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 1881 to 1894. – He was simultaneously Director of the Bureau of American Ethnology that he founded it in 1879. During his government tenure he touched off controversy by advocating strict conservation of water resources in the developing states and territories of the arid West.

“Powell was also a founder of the Cosmos Club and the National Geographic Society as well other major scientific and cultural institutions. Come and learn more about his remarkable life.”

Reservations must be received before noon on Friday, October 12, 2012 by Bill Runyon,1812 19th St. NW, Washington DC 20009; (202) 234-7490

bill.runyon@verizon.net

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