Clay Jenkinson stands in the Badlands of the Dakotas.

Famed humanities scholar, author, and educator Clay Jenkinson headlines Friends of Browns Canyon’s fundraiser at the Salida High School Auditorium Oct. 14. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7.

Jenkinson is currently director of The Dakota Institute, where he co-hosts public radio’s popular “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” and creates documentary film, literary and symposium projects.

He will portray our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, and lecture on his conservation and public lands legacies in the centennial year of the National Park Service. President Roosevelt is expected to weave comments about Browns Canyon National Monument into his lecture and responses.

Jenkinson is a native of North Dakota, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a Rhodes Scholar. He appeared as Thomas Jefferson several years ago in Salida, loves Chaffee County and has frequently mentioned Chaffee County on the air.

Interest in this appearance is already very high and seating is limited, so advance tickets are encouraged.

Tickets are $30 each and will be available Sept. 15 at the Salida Chamber of Commerce and Salida Mountain Sports in Salida, and the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and The Trailhead in Buena Vista. The Buena Vista Chamber is able to do credit card and telephone sales for a modest service fee at 395-6612.

Updates will be provided via the Friends of Browns Canyon Facebook page at

Friends of Browns Canyon is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and preserving a gorgeous stretch of public land on the Arkansas River known as Browns Canyon.

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