Elizabeth von Till Warren

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Elizabeth von Till Warren
Born
Mary Elizabeth von Till

(1934-04-16) April 16, 1934 (age 84)
Brooklyn, New York
ResidenceNevada, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Other namesLiz Warren
Alma materWashington State University
OccupationHistorian
EmployerHRA, Inc., Conservation Archaeology
Known forHistoric Preservation in Clark County Nevada.
Spouse(s)Claude Nelson Warren

Elizabeth von Till Warren (born April 16, 1934) is an American historian and preservationist. She has expertise in the history of water development in the Mojave Desert and the Las Vegas Valley in particular. She also has expertise in the historical route of the Old Spanish Trail in Southern Nevada.

She is married to Claude Warren. They have four children: Claude Jr., Susan, Louis, and Jonathan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Warren is one of eight children born in Brooklyn, New York to Louis Alois von Till and Mary Ellen von Till née McNulty.

She attended Barnard College where she earned her bachelors in anthropology in 1955. She then attended Northwestern University as a Carnegie Fellow in the African Studies Program. While at Northwestern Warren met and, in December, 1955, married Claude Warren who was also attending Northwestern as a Carnegie Fellow in the African Studies Program.

Professional career[edit]

In 1974 she earned her Masters in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her thesis revisited Antonio Armijo's route through the Las Vegas valley.[2]

Warren earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University with a dissertation on the history of the Las Vegas springs.[3] Her work chronicled the boom and bust of water development in the Southern Nevada Mojave Desert, from 1844 to the late 20th century.[4]

Warren taught history and anthropology for Clark County Community College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Clark County School District Professional Growth Services. She was a volunteer instructor in history of water use in the Las Vegas Valley for Nevada Project Wet, a water education program for teachers sponsored by the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

She as an archivist for the Women’s Archives in the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Library.

She was an historian for HRA, Inc., Conservation Archaeology. where her work entails preparing historical component and evaluating cultural resources for projects in southern Nevada, including Table Mountain Wind Project in Spring Mountains (Yellow Pine Mining District), Corn Creek Field Station, and all remaining parcels in Las Vegas Valley which the BLM is preparing for public auction. She is currently researching and writing the history of the Las Vegas Wash for the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, Nevada.

Preservation[edit]

Warren has been a resident of Southern Nevada since 1969 and is active in anthropological and historical research of the region, and related historic preservation projects, notably Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Las Vegas Springs, Old Spanish Trail, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Oliver Ranch, Yellow Pine Mining District, Eldorado Canyon Mining District.

She has developed, designed or significantly contributed to area exhibits at virtually all historical water resources in southern Nevada, including Valley of Fire State Park, Tule Springs, Goodsprings, Spring Mountain Ranch, Clark County Wetlands Park, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the Old Spanish Trail Park and Las Vegas Springs, where Las Vegas began.[4]

She was the founder and president of Friends of Big Springs. the organization that preserved Big Springs and helped to create the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.[5]

She was instrumental in the creation of the Neon Museum.[6]

She is a former national Past President of Old Spanish Trail Association and currently President, Nevada Chapter.[7] Warren is also a Past President of Southern Nevada Historical Society, Preservation Association of Clark County and a former Southern Nevada representative to National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She has won numerous awards for public service and for historic preservation, including the Daughters of the American Revolution’s National Preservation Award for 2004-2005.

A video interview[8] of her was produced by the Nevada Women's Virtual Center as part of their "Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence"[9] project.

Publications[edit]

  • Warren, Elizabeth von Till (1974). Armijo’s Trace Revisited: A New Interpretation of the Impact of the Antonio Armijo Route of 1829-1830 on the Development of the Old Spanish Trail (MA thesis). Las Vegas, Nevada: University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Coombs, Gary B.; Crabtree, Robert H.; Warren, Elizabeth; Ritter, Eric W.; Archaeological Research, Inc. (1979). The archaeology of the northeast Mojave Desert (Technical report). Riverside, California: United States Bureau of Land Management.
  • Warren, Elizabeth (1980), Las Vegas Fort: old values, new meaning : an exhibition, Las Vegas, Nevada: Preservation Association of Clark County (Nevada)
  • Warren, Claude N.; Knack, Martha C; Warren, Elizabeth; Ritter, Eric W; United States Bureau of Land Management Desert Planning Staff (1980). A cultural resource overview for the Amargosa-Mojave basin planning units (Technical report). Riverside, California: United States Bureau of Land Management.
  • Lyneis, Margaret M; Weide, David L; Warren, Elizabeth; Ritter, Eric W; United States Bureau of Land Management Desert Planning Staff (1980). Impacts, damage to cultural resources in the California desert (Technical report). Riverside, California: United States Bureau of Land Management.
  • Warren, Elizabeth; Roske, Ralph Joseph; United States Bureau of Land Management Desert Planning Staff (1981). Cultural resources of the California desert, 1776-1880 : historic trails and wagon roads (Technical report). Riverside, California: United States Bureau of Land Management.
  • Warren, Elizabeth; Ritter, Eric W; United States Bureau of Land Management Desert Planning Staff (1981). A Cultural resources overview of the Colorado desert planning units (Technical report). Riverside, California: United States Bureau of Land Management.
  • Warren, Elizabeth von Till (2001). The History of Las Vegas Springs, A Disappeared Resource (Ph.D. thesis). Pullman, Washington: Washington State University.
  • Warren, Elizabeth von Till; Eskenazi, Suzanne Beryl (2007). Passing through : the history of Clark County Wetlands Park, Henderson, Nevada. United States Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region (Report). Boulder City, Nevada: HRA, Inc., Conservation Archaeolog.
  • Roberts, Heidi; Warren, Elizabeth von Till; Eskenazi, Suzanne Beryl (2007). Coyote named this place Pakonapanti : Corn Creek National Register Archaeological District, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Nevada. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Desert National Wildlife Refuge (Report). Las Vegas, Nevada: HRA, Inc., Conservation Archaeolog.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Winslow, Diane Lynne; Wedding, Jeffrey R.; Schneider, Joan S. (2000). "Claude Nelson Warren: An introduction to his life and times". In Schneider, Joan S.; Yohe II, Robert M; Gardner, Jill K. Archaeological Passages: a volume in honor of Claude Nelson Warren. Number 1. Hemet, California: Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology, Publications in Archaeology. pp. 1–7. ISBN 0-9713558-0-0.
  2. ^ Warren, Elizabeth von Till (1974). Armijo’s Trace Revisited: A New Interpretation of the Impact of the Antonio Armijo Route of 1829-1830 on the Development of the Old Spanish Trail (MA thesis). Las Vegas, Nevada: University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  3. ^ Warren, Elizabeth von Till (2001). The History of Las Vegas Springs, A Disappeared Resource (Ph.D. thesis). Pullman, Washington: Washington State University.
  4. ^ a b "Renowned Desert Water Historian to Speak at PURE". PURE Global Water Expo. 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Scott, Cathy (3 March 1999). "Saving a piece of nature in neon casino capital". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  6. ^ Witcher, T.R. (21 July 2011). "Saving a piece of nature in neon casino capital". Vegas Seven. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ About the Old Spanish Trail Association, Old Spanish Trail Association, http://www.oldspanishtrail.org/about_osta.php
  8. ^ "Mary Elizabeth Warren, Goodsprings, Nevada". Nevada Women's Virtual Center. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nevada Women's Virtual Center". Women of Diversity Productions. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.