Michael Punke, author of “The Revenant” who is also a former deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, will give the second talk in the Center for Western Lands and Peoples’ Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series on Oct. 16.
Punke's lecture, "Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo and the Birth of the New West" is set for 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium in Bozeman and is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a book-signing at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a reception, both in the museum’s lobby. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
Punke will discuss the saga of Grinnell, a scientist, journalist, hunter and conservationist who led the battle to save the buffalo from extinction and gave birth to the American conservation movement. In the final decades of the 19th century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million was reduced to 23 animals. Fighting in the pages of magazines, in Washington’s halls of power and in the frozen valleys of Yellowstone National Park, Grinnell and his allies sought to preserve the icon. Grinnell shared his adventures with some of the greatest and most infamous characters of the American West — from John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill to George Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt.