Wetherill Reunion June 14-19, 2017
Several Wetherill family members met at the University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum July 10th, 2012 to view the collection donated by Marietta Wetherill in 1954. Many items were of pre-1900 origin and one was of particular interest. It was a rug owned by Richard Wetherill at the time of his marriage in 1896. The items in the collection may be viewed here
Basket bowl, coiled. White willow background with black decorations, large black center with white crosses around edge of black. Rectangular stepped design in black to rim is narrow black and white circular bands. Pima or Western Apache. Marietta Wetherill Collection.
April, 2011 Wetherill Tour of Wetherill sites in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.
These photos are of a trip in early 2011 by four members of the Wetherill family, James Wetherill Shaffner, Tocky Wetherill Bialobrzeski, Ted Wetherill and Marie Garcia Shaffner. They visited most major archeological sites visited or discovered by the Wetherill brothers in the late 1800's and early 1900. These sites include Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Arizona, Betatakin Navajo National Monument and Canyon De Chelly National Park.
October, 2011 Wetherill tour to Cave 7, Blanding Utah.
The hike to Cave 7 made by Wetherill family members and others, stopped at alcoves with ancient ruins in them before hiking o Cave 7. One of them is Cave 8 and probably excavated by the Hyde Exploration Expedition. The group included four Wetherill descendants and the great grandson of Platte D. Lyman who helped build a house and corral in the valley which ultimately became the Milk Ranch and where Cave 7 is located. Cave 7 is considered one of the most important archeological discoveries in North America.
On November 29, 1893, Richard Wetherill led the Hyde Exploring
Expedition from Mancos, CO to Grand Gulch UT. After a stop in Bluff,
UT for supplies they headed north on December 11. In a letter
written six days later, addressed from “First Valley Cottonwood
Creek 30 miles North Bluff City,” Richard Wetherill wrote:
Our success has surpassed all expectations….In the cave we are now working we have taken 28 skeletons and two more in sight and curious to tell, and a thing that will surprise the archaeologists of the country is the fact of our finding them at a depth of five and six feet in a cave in which there are cliff dwellings and we find the bodies under the ruins, three feet below any cliff dweller sign. They are a different race from anything I have ever seen. They had feather cloth and baskets, no pottery–six of the bodies had stone spear heads in them.
2011October, 2011 Wetherill tour to locate the Tiz-Nat-Zin trading post near Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
2011October, 2011 tour of Sandal House, Ute Tribal Park next to Mesa Verde, Colorado.
Celebration of the remodeling of the Chaco Canyon museum and reception area.
Jim Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill delivered a talk honoring Richard Wetherill at his grave site June 10, 2010. Jim gave a short overview of Richard Wetherills' life and events leading up to his death. The Wetherill family gathered at the Wetherill Cemetery in the Chaco Culture National Historic Park to honor Richard Wetherill on the 100th annversary of his death.
2008June , 2008 Wetherill, Mason reunion, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde
Kathy Watson Johnson and Terry Watson, great granddaughters of Richard Wetherill at the 2008 Wetherill Mason reunion, Mesa Verde.
2007 Wetherill Reunion in Pennsylvania
The reunion included an evening get together and dinner. The next day members of the family visited the Robert Wetherill factory site, home and, Wetherill Mausoleum near Chester Pennsylvania. Several days were spent visiting Philadelphia and surrounding historical sites.
May 10, 2006
Wetherill-Mason gathering May 10, 2006 in Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park.
This photo was taken at the Wetherill-Mason gathering May 10, 2006 in Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park. Most persons in the foreground are direct, Wetherill or Mason descendants. The photo was superimposed over the original photo of Al and John Wetherill during excavations in 1891. Original photo taken by Gustav Nordenskiold. Superimposed photo by Robert Jensen.
June 30, 2006
The Wetherill family gathered at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park next to the Mesa Verde National Park June 30, 2006 to view sites visited by the Wetherills between 1888 and 1890.
Members of the Wetherill family members Cris Fine, Sarah Fine and the Ute Tribal member guide sitting on the cliff top at Eagle Nest House, Ute Mountain Tribal Park.
Wetherill descendants assembled near Cottonwood Wash for a group picture with authors and those responsible for organizing the Wetherill Seminar in 1998. The group made a decision to establish a Wetherill family archive at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado.
Cliff Palace Park Ranger dressed as Virginia McClure