The Academy for the Love of Learning’s Seton Legacy Project promotes and makes known the life work and philosophy of conservationist and educator Ernest Thompson Seton through research, art exhibitions, publications and film.
Seton made a permanent move from Connecticut to New Mexico in 1930, establishing the headquarters of his Woodcraft League among the piñon
She was joined in this pursuit by her and Ernest’s daughter, Dee Seton Barber, who in the 1990s, revived the Ernest Thompson Seton Institute, first founded in the 1930s as
In 2003, a fortuitous meeting took place between Aaron Stern, founder
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I first discovered Seton during the summer of 1972 as assistant curator of the museum at the Boy Scouts of America Philmont Ranch outside Cimarron, New Mexico.
Now known as the National Scouting Museum—Seton Memorial Library, I read about Lobo and Woodcraft, and Aylmer Lake, the jewel of the Arctic Prairies. Later, I was (for a long time) curator of the University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Separately from this site, I write a radical natural history blog.
I unexpectedly got the chance to return to my Seton interests of decades earlier when the Academy’s founder and president, Aaron Stern, invited me to head what became the Seton Legacy Project.
Among our accomplishments was organizing a major Seton exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum in 2010 which was accompanied by my book, Ernest Thompson Seton, The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist (Gibb Smith Books). I have curated our Seton Gallery since 2011. In 2015, I led an expedition to Aylmer Lake, retracing Seton’s route of 1907.
Seton’s spirit lives on—as well as that of Lobo, the wolf who made all of this possible. (Lots more on him in the Blog section). I’m looking forward to your joining me in this exploration.
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