On the Road AgainPresenter: Bill Wyckoff

Date: Monday, Sept. 21

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: This Side Trip explores the world of re-photography, and the author’s experience of taking repeat photographs around Montana as part of a book project. The presentation will highlight many re-photographed towns and highways around the state as well as tell the inside story of how the book came together. The book, On the Road Again: Montana’s Changing Landscape, made use of early photographs taken by Montana engineers, road builders, and local officials as they surveyed and improved the state’s early road system between 1915 and 1935. The author visited every county in the state as he completed the project. Book information: ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Montana’s Changing Landscape by William Wyckoff, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-295-98612

Instructor Bio:
Bill WyckoffBill Wyckoff received his master’s (1979) and doctoral (1982) degrees in geography from Syracuse University. Since 1986, he has taught Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. He is the author of five scholarly books on the West and on the frontier, including his most recent volume titled How to Read the American West: A Field Guide, (University of Washington Press, 2014). He coauthors Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development, an award-winning world regional geography textbook published by Pearson.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust