Edward Bridge Danson: Steward of the New West
Author: Eric Penner Haury
Publication Date: 2011
"As a boy, Edward Bridge "Ned" Danson dreamed of adventure. He read books about explorers and heroes and studied the lives of prominent men. He raced cars through the streets of Cincinnati, when he should have been studying, and made friends with a charm that was second to none. At age seventeen, he lived his dreams by joining the crew of a schooner for a voyage circumnavigating the globe. Over the next year and a half, Danson encountered cultures dramatically unlike his own and won friends around the world. In 1937, he found a new home, Arizona, and discovered his passion, anthropology. With new-found discipline, fused with his skills at uniting people in common cause, Ned Danson, as Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1960s and '70s, helped reveal the past and reshape the future of a West on the rise. With his wife Jessica and children Jan and future actor Ted Danson at his side, he placed himself at the crossroads of past, present and future, the meeting place of the first peoples of Arizona and its newest immigrants."