Tickets on sale April 16 for the Yellowstone Conference Opening Dinner co-hosted by UW Libraries | New


April 14, 2022

Dayton Duncan

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 16 for the Conversations on Collecting Yellowstone Conference Opening Dinner. The conference is co-hosted by the University of Wyoming Libraries and the Montana State University (MSU) Library.

Dayton Duncan, award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and frequent collaborator with Ken Burns, will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Music Hall at the Armory Hotel, located at 24 W. Mendenhall St. in Bozeman, Montana. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $100 for those not attending the conference. They can be purchased from April 16 at

Duncan will present “Happenstance and History”. His talk will explore the unlikely confluence of events that made Yellowstone the world’s first national park in 1872, as well as the equally unexpected and unforeseen evolution of the park’s mission.

“This rare opportunity to hear Dayton Duncan speak about Yellowstone will be a highlight of the conference,” said Ivan Gaetz, Dean of UW Libraries. “If you saw the four-hour PBS film about Benjamin Franklin earlier this month, you saw Duncan again at the height of his craft as a historian and filmmaker. His speech at the conference dinner focused on the park foundation Yellowstone National Park will help us all celebrate its 150th anniversary.

For nearly 30 years, Duncan has been involved with the work of documentary filmmaker Burns as a writer and producer. Their series about the nation’s national parks, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” won Emmys for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Duncan collaborated with Burns on “The American Buffalo,” which is slated to air on PBS in 2023.

Duncan is also the author of 13 books, including “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” a companion book to the documentary series, and “Out West: A Journey Through Lewis & Clark’s America,” which chronicles his retracing of the Lewises and Clark. Clark Trail.

“Yellowstone Collecting Conversations” will take place Sunday through Wednesday, June 5-8, at MSU. The conference coincides with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park. Scholars, researchers, collectors, librarians, archivists and members of the public are invited to explore collections, scholarship and research related to the park and its wider ecosystem.

Over 50 people from across the country will be presenting at the conference. Speakers include retired Yellowstone National Park historian Lee Whittlesey; author Diane Smith; Shane Doyle, Apsaalooke Nation; and environmental leader Mike Clark.

To register for the conference, go to Closing of registrations on May 25.

For more information on Dinner with Duncan or “Collecting Yellowstone Conversations,” visit; or call Tamsen Hert at (307) 766-6245 or email


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