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A Diverse Range of Topics, Expertise and Inspiration all Weekend Long!


Black American West Museum Reenactors - The Living Story of Black Americans in the Historic Rocky Mountain West

Higher Ground Fair Presenter Stage: Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss this extraordinary and enormously entertaining opportunity to learn about Black Americans' contribution to historical development of the Rocky Mountain West. Reenactors from Denver's Black American West Museum and Heritage Center perform living history through narrative, costume and character presentations of such iconic figures as members of the Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers; Women Pioneers and Entrepreneurs and more. Many of the reenactors can themselves trace their heritage back to these great historical figures of the West, and will follow their gripping portrayals with time for questions and conversation.

Presentations each day will feature a mix of repeat and unique performances. 

Performers and Historic Figures Over the Two Days Include:

Linda Brown as Clara Brown

Alton Clark as Lewis Price

Eleisha Clark as Mary Fields

Felicia Foster as Patty McDaniel

Steve Shepard as Barney Ford

John Thomas as OT Jackson and a Tuskegee Airman 

Beth Cable, Morning Yoga at the Higher Ground Fair

Higher Ground Fair Presenter Stage: Sunday, 9:15 - 10:00 a.m

Sara Kirol, Leave No Trace Awareness

Higher Ground Fair Presenter Stage: Saturday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Learn the basics of what Leave No Trace is and how you can improve your outdoor experiences and ensure others that come after you can enjoy the outdoors as well.

Sara grew up on a cattle ranch in southern Wyoming. After college, she started working seasonally on the Medicine Bow-Routt NF, Brush Creek/ Hayden RD on the trail crew. Later, Sara was fortunate to get a permanent job as the Trail Lead, River Ranger, and Wilderness Ranger on the Brush Creek/Hayden RD. She became the Bighorn National Forest trails coordinator in 2005 and started in public affairs in 2019. She serves as the Wyoming Leave No Trace State Advocate and the Forest Service's Region 2 Leave No Trace Coordinator.

Bren Lieske, Which Came First, The Chicken or the Egg

Beginning workshop for those who would like to raise chickens and other fowl. 

Bren has lived in the country and have raised critters since landing out on the prairie 30 years ago. Chickens begot goats, sheep, horses, cows are raises for most of our food and use season extenders for growing veggies, selling produce, value added products, and eggs in the community. Their farm developed the rocky, sandy ground utilizing chicken manure, worms and other composting methods.


Teresa Martinez, Along the Continental Divide – Everyone Has a Story

Learn about the Continental Divide Trail Organization, its works and mission.

For much of her 30 year professional career, Teresa has worked throughout our entire National Trails System. From 1987-2007 she worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, from 2007 to 2012 she worked for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance and since 2012 she has been the Executive Director (and co-founder) of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. She serves on the board of the Partnership for the National Trails System and currently serves as the Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee to aide the USFS in the development of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. When not working on behalf of one of our National Trails, Teresa may be found exploring trails with her dog by bike, horse, and foot.

Kathy Ross, The Dynamic Relationship of Native Plants, Insects and Birds

Higher Ground Fair Presenter Stage: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

This presentation is based on years of research by my mentor, Dr. Doug Tallamy, Entomologist and Wildlife Ecologist at the University of Delaware, along with my years of hands-on practical experience in Western landscapes, working in and around native plant communities, as well as working in ornamental gardens. The discussion explores why we need our native insects and the vital role native plants play in their survival, and also explores suggestions for landscaping practices and native plants that are not only attractive garden plants but promote biodiversity. In our own backyards, these landscapes can help to create healthy environments for birds as well as humans. Birds need insects to feed their young and humans need insects to pollinate much of our food supply. Finding common ground with many insects specie is often a challenging dynamic for all of us. You are invited to explore the possibilities. I believe we can make a difference!

Kathy’s love for native plants, birds and all things wild kick-started her journey into biodiversity. "It is estimated we have 40% fewer birds than we did 50 years ago." When she began reading recent research and statistics like this, she realized as a landscape/gardener for 30+ years, primarily in the Flathead Valley of NW Montana, that she had been witness to radical changes occurring in the environment. Kathy also lived and worked in the landscapes of Colorado and Idaho before moving to Bigfork, Montana. In addition, she spent many years as a volunteer Citizen Scientist working with research on native plants, birds and wildlife, for Glacier National Park, Forest Service and Audubon. All of this has given her an expanded picture of how the world is changing. When new research on the decline of insects began surfacing, Kathy began looking at the bigger picture and realized she has a wealth of practical experience that can make a difference if she just has the courage to share it.


La Jean Dobbs, Learn to Reverse Applique

Beginning workshop for learning new sewing and quilting skills.

La Jean Dobbs has been sewing for many years and quilting for 10 years. She enjoys quilting at a number of guilds where she enjoys spending time with her friends. La Jean enjoys meeting other quilters and teaching quilting classes. She has created several award-winning quilts. She splits her time between Florida and Michigan with her husband Brad. She has two daughters, Kira and Andrea. She is excited to meet you along her journey!


Sheila Honeycutt, English Paper Piecing 

Learn an easy and accurate hand sewing technique for quilting that you can do anywhere.

Sheila has been sewing and quilting for most of my life. Two years ago, she left the corporate world to open her quilt shop and hasn’t looked back. She loves teaching and helping people put together their quilting projects.

Cindy Brick, Romping Through the Decades

Fads are a phenomenon centuries old...and quilting is no exception. View quilts and textiles dating from 1800 through Bicentennial. Along the way, explore and discuss each period's favorite colors, patterns, fabrics and techniques, using a timeline and handouts. 

Cindy Brick is an editor, designer, and writer who travels the world teaching about quilting and quilt history. A former editor for Quilter's Newsletter, She is also an AQS-certified and USPAP-trained personal property appraiser, and a professional quilt restorer. She also judges quilt competitions, with venues as varied as the international Quilt Festival, the Pacific International Quilt Festival, The Higher Ground Fair Quilt Show and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. She has written hundreds of articles and six books, including Hanky Panky, the Stitcher's Language of Flowers, Quilts of the Great Depression, the Fabric Dating Kit, Crazy Quilts, and Quilts from the golden west.

Jackie and Scott Taylor, Sustainability in Wyoming on Small Acreage

Jackie and Scott Taylor run a full working farm growing veggies and fruits naturally from seed to jars. Have jams, jellies, relishes, chickens for heritage eggs, goats for dairy and meat. All of their animals help keep the natural balance of being a good steward of our land. Learn about what it takes to run a small but thriving farm using sustainable practices.


Billy Smith, Can My Dog Do Therapy Work?

Billy has been a therapy dog handler with Alliance of Therapy Dogs for 28 years with 5 different dogs. She has also been the Executive Director since 2008. Haven, a five year old Doberman is her current partner.

Billy’s presentation introduces the organization and what it takes to have your dog become a therapy dog, training, socializing, following through with certification. She will also be handing out brochures, notepads, pens and bumper stickers.


Sally Palmer, The Beauty of Public Lands in Wyoming

Sally has taught "Nature and Spirit", "The Power of Limits", "Religion and Science" and "Ecocentrism--Where Science and Religion Meet" on the campus of the University of Wyoming. She has been and will be a presenter on the difficult issue of toxic waste and race. Sally’s environmental work began in 1976 while writing a book The Gift of Life.S he bridges process theology and environmental keeping as well as serves as a member of the Wyoming Interfaith Network--Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Native Americans. She will be presenting on the value and beauty of public lands in Wyoming in honor of Wyoming's first Public Lands Day, September 28.


Yana Ludwig, Foundation for Intentional Communities

Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture and intentional communities advocate, and an anti-oppression activist. She serves on the Foundation for Intentional Community board, and is a trainer and consultant for communities, worker owned cooperatives and nonprofits. Her book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year. She's a host on the Solidarity House podcast, co-founder of Solidarity Collective (an income sharing community in Wyoming) and a candidate for US Senate in 2020.


Jessica Miller, Radical Raptors

Jessica Miller will be presenting on what Rocky Mountain Raptor Program does, bring out the raptors and introduce them, talk about their histories, what threats and challenges raptors face in the world and how community members can help support them in daily life.

Stay tuned, more to come soon!

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