Arboretum Book Club Friday – ‘Letters from Wupatki’ by Courtney Jones

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 5, 2018   9:00 am

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When David and Courtney Reeder Jones moved into two rooms reached by ladder in a northern Arizona Indian ruin, they had been married only two weeks. Except for the ruin's cement floors, which were originally hardened mud, and skylights instead of smokeholes, the rooms were exactly as they had been 800 years before. The year was 1938, and the newlyweds had come to Wupatki National Monument as full-time National Park Service caretakers for the ruin. Remote in time and place, their story as described in Courtney's letters will take readers into a dramatic landscape of red rocks, purple volcanoes, and endless blue sky. Here, some 60 years ago, two young people came to terms with their new life together and with their nearly total reliance upon each other and their Navajo neighbors.Letters from Wupatki captures a more innocent era in southwestern archaeology and the history of the National Park Service before the post-war years brought paved roads, expanded park facilities, and ever-increasing crowds of visitors. Courtney's letters to her family and friends reflect all the charm of the earlier time as they convey the sense of rapid transition that came after the war.

Attendance at our once-a-month meetup is included with $15 daily admission if you're not already among our annual members. Stop by our gift shop for your copy or order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 602-827-3000.

To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email Vicki Johnson: [email protected]