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Doorways, Chaco Canyon

The successful one-day format used for last year’s Brazos Forum will be used again on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24th for the 34th annual Forum. In a departure from the usual one theme with related talks, this year’s theme, “KALEIDOSCOPE: A World of Wonder”, will feature speakers enlightening us on three entirely different topics.

A Chaco Canyon National Park Ranger will share the latest theories about the Anasazi, or Ancient Ones, who came from an unknown place, built amazing pueblo homes high in the cliffs, and mysteriously disappeared again…and no one knows why or where.


Winterthur Museum’s resident scientist will tell us about fakes and forgeries in the art world, how to recognize them, and what to do to avoid being victimized. “Antiques Roadshow Meets CSI: The Art and Science of Fakes” will be fun, interesting, and informative.

A curator for the Preservation Society of Newport, Rhode Island will focus on the homes and life style of the rich and famous during the Gilded Age, including their private residences, their “cottages” (actually mansions) in Newport, and their travels…especially on the ill-fated Titanic. ***

Finally, Waco’s own David A. Smith – Baylor professor, Waco Tribune column writer, and in-demand speaker – will unite these three topics and offer his insightful concluding remarks.

*** With the Titanic exhibit at the Mayborn Museum during the Forum, participants will have an opportunity to tour at a reduced rate.