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This exhibit is the ideation of Utah icon Ken Sleight, an outdoor guide and environmentalist who was among the outfitters guiding river trips in the original Glen Canyon. At 88 years of age, he lives outside of Moab, Utah and is still involved in the modern conservation movement.
Martha Ham has lived in the lands and on the rivers of southern Utah for more than 40 years. She’s the founder of Splore, a nonprofit organization with the mission to make river adventures accessible for people of all abilities. Ken and Martha introduced the first accessible trips on Utah rivers in 1978. They have been friends since that time and Martha has become an ardent collector of Ken’s stories and memories of Glen Canyon.
Ryann Savino is a writer and river guide based in southeastern Utah. For the past two years, she’s worked alongside Ken Sleight to preserve his archives and work on his ‘book.’ She is a board member for the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers and believes preservation of land is inextricably tied to the preservation of its stories.
Meghan Hicks is an author and editor who lives outside of Moab, Utah, basically next door to Ken Sleight. Her passion is telling stories about landscapes of natural and cultural significance, and her years spent with Ken fuel her desire to help tell Glen Canyon’s story.
Kevin Jones is an archaeologist with over 30 years experience in the intermountain west. He was the State Archaeologist of Utah for 17 years. Kevin’s expertise and enthusiasm will help bring to life the pre-history of Glen Canyon.
Bob Quist, river guide and co-owner of Moki Mac Expeditions, saw Glen Canyon for the first time at age eight. Bob ran the Colorado River through Glen Canyon many times with his father, an executive with Boy Scouts of America, as well as the infamous Moki Mac. Bob’s friendship with Ken Sleight dates back 50 years. He is a board member for John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit hosting this exhibit’s fundraising effort.