(MVF) to secure the $16.5 million of federal funding and 37 acres for the project.
Former Park Superintendent Larry Wiese, former Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-CO), U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), Mesa Verde Fo
undation board members Kathy L’Amour, Dr. Fred Lau and Miss Jane Fogleman and Pueblo of Zia Tribal Administrator Peter Pino are just some of the key individuals involved in the project year after year after year.
“I like to say ‘If it’s worth doing, get it done,’” Wiese said. “Everything we say, everything
we write, every action we take or don’t take matters forever. And that’s how this visitor’s center got done.”
During the ceremony, Zia Tribal Administrator Peter Pino said a prayer in native language for the new building while wearing a special bolo tie.“This bolo signifies the end of the trail. It’s the end of the trail for the visitor’s center in Mesa Verde after many years. It gives me pride,” Pino said.
Mesa Verde has 24 affiliated tribes with descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans, which worked with Mesa Verde National Park and Mesa Verde Foundation to develop the center. Among other things, the center will educate tourists about the richNative American history, culture and traditions.
Mesa Verde visitor center
New facility a welcome flagship for park’s significant resources
Durango Herald article published on May 19, 2013
Mesa Verde National Park is a treasure trove of archaeological and natural resources, abounding with sites and artifacts that divulge a rich history of the region’s former inhabitants. Until recently, though, it was easy to drive by the landmark without a hint of what lay down the park’s road. With the opening of the long-awaited Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center, that has changed dramatically. The park and its supporting organization, the Mesa Verde Foundation have earned a crowning achievement with the center. Read more about visitor center
Painters are glad to be in ruin(s)
Mesa Verde paint-out draws top artists
The Durango Herald, 05.13.13
The wonders of Mesa Verde National Park, man-made and naturally occurring, are thousands and millions of years old. And yet next week in a display of artistic piling-on, 28 nationally renowned painters will do their best to further immortalize the already-ageless marvel. Read more of the Durango Herald article.
Open Mind, Excitement and Passion: Veryl Goodnight’s Real World Art
By Janneli F. Miller April 2013, Free Press
On a blustery afternoon in early spring, Veryl Goodnight is in her studio painting sled dogs. There are six of them, each dog a specifically different individual, which is why sheloves them. “Individuality of a subject excites me,” says Veryl. “Think of your own dog,or horse, or family member. Animals are as much individuals as people are.” Goodnight explains that the world would be boring if we all had the same stature, facial features, hair color, and so on- and notes that this pertains to the animal world as well." READ MORE