A History of Discovery  

Wetherill Reunion 2017 Agenda

 Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Tome', New Mexico

Kick off dinner at Jim and Marie Shaffner’s home, 49 Patricio Rd.
Los Lunas, NM 87031 (aprox 40 minutes south of Albuquerque)

Select the button below for detailed directions to the Shaffner home.

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Shaffner phone number 505-507-2021 

Thursday, June 15, 2071 – Visit  Chaco Canyon

Breakfast on your own.

Drive to Chaco Canyon Jim Shaffner’s presentation at aprox. 1 pm

Special Chaco Canyon Tour for Wetherill Group by Debbi Gregory, NPS guide.

Lunch - Individual parties to purchase travel lunches in Albuquerque

Drive to Dolores/Mancos/Mesa Verde – individuals need to make their own motel / camping arrangements.  

Dinner on own.

 Friday, June 16, 2017 Anasazi Heritage Center. 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, Colorado

8:30 Meet at the picnic area just off the parking area and hike to Escalante Pueblo. We will have an interpretive guide provided by the heritage center. The trail is one-half mile long, paved, uphill, wheelchair-accessible. Excellent 360° view of area. Signs along the trail illuminate history and the local environment

9:00 Tour Exhibits  Note: the BLM fee for the Heritage Center is $3.00.

9:30  10:15 Laurie Webster  - Pre historic Fibers of the South West. 

10:15-10:30  Break 

10:30- Sandy Wagner – Wetherill’s On The Upper Rio Grande

11:30  Tour of Artifact Collection and Curation Section

12:30-1:30 – LUNCH  box lunch.

1:30 – Harvey Leake – The Wetherill Album – pictures and discussion of the B.K. Wetherill Clan.

2:15 – Break

2:30 -Marietta Wetherill Six Degrees –Colleagues and Influences of the Wetherill’s

3:30 -Heritage Center Events wrap up.


BONUS EVENT: 7:00 pm at Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Center


The Four Corners Lecture Series has scheduled Harvey Leak to speak at the Park Visitor Center at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017.   His topic at this event will be related to the Wetherill Archeology of Mesa Verde and Beyond.  The Visitor Center is just of Hwy 160 before the road climbs to Mesa Verde ruins.

 Saturday, June 2017 Mesa Verde Tour, Family Picture, Family Story Telling.

Each tour will be a special Wetherill family reunion tour, led by the National Park Service.  There will be the usual fees for each site entrance, of $5.00 per person. 


The Wetherill tours on Saturday are full. Sadly, that means, registration is closed for all tours. 
If you have not yet registered and still want to do a guided tour there are still options through the Mesa Verde National Park tour system.

Please note, the park does not have an on-line process for booking the guided tours.  Tickets can not be purchased more than 2 days in advance and MUST be purchased in person.  For convenience of those staying in Cortez, tickets can be purchased at the Colorado Welcome Center, in Cortez (928 E Main Street, Cortez Colorado, hours 8:00 am - 6 pm) or at the Visitor Center at the entrance to Mesa Verde Park.
Also note, there are self-guided tours and more than a full day's worth of sightseeing and hiking that can be done on your own.

9:00 am Arrive at Wetherill Mesa Kiosk. The Wetherill Mesa Information Kiosk is located near the parking area at the end of the Wetherill Mesa Road.

9:30pm   Special Wetherill family reunion Tour of Long House. Concludes at 11:30

Lunch on your own

1:30pm   Meet at Cliff Palace entrance for a Wetherill Family Reunion Tour led by the NPS

3:00 pm   Meet at Sun Point Overlook for a Wetherill Family photo with Cliff Palace in the background, to be taken by the NPS Photographer

4-6 pm  Family gathering and storytelling. This event location has been changed from the Moorefield Amphitheater to the Amphitheater on Chapin Mesa, the one below the Museum.     

Dinner on your own.  If there is an interest to meet at the Metate Room Restaurant for dinner together we have tentatively block out room for 25-50 people at 7pm. for dinner.  We need to give the restaurant a count by May 20th.  Each group will pay their own ticket.  Dinners will be in the price range of $30.00, and with beverage tax and tip estimate $50.00 per person.

  Sunday, June 18, Ute Tribal Park Tour

8:30 Meet at Ute Tribal Park Visitor Center which is on the only building on the corner of Hwy 491( going south out of Cortez aprox. 20 miles) and  Hwy 160. 

Both Full and Half Day tours will leave from here and will travel together until noon, at which time the half day tours will return to the Visitor Center and the Full Day tour will continue.  Note:  if you only have one vehicle and part of your group wants to do the half day and part to do the full day, your full day party can car pool with other full day persons on the return trip into Cortez. 

Half Day – this tour visits Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs, scenic lands, Ute pictographs panels, geological land formations, and surface sites. All sites on the half-day tour are within a short walking distance of the gravel road. 

Full Day – This tour includes 5 climbs on ladders and a 3 mile round trip on unpaved trails to visit 4 well preserved canyon cliff dwellings. 

Past Wetherill Events

Wetherill Seminar in 1998. 


Ute Mountain Tribal Park Reunion


Mesa Verde Reunion 


Pennsylvania Reunion 


Wetherill Mason Reunion


Rainbow Bridge Wetherill Reunion


Chaco Canyon Wetherill Reunion


Wetherill Reunion Cape, NJ 


Wetherill Reunion


Mason Wetherill Reunion, Tumwater Historic Park Tacoma Washington.