Jack Turner – Project Director, Citizen Historian

The Lost Files project is founded and directed by Jack Turner, the grandson of Ansel F. Hall.   Mr. Turner discovered and recovered the lost files of Ansel F. Hall in January of 2016 during ongoing research for several projects.  Ansel’s son, Roger Hall, had been saving the files for more than 50 years.Jack Turner 1 - cropped

Jack Turner (Durango, CO) is a world traveler, expedition leader, and the author of the award winning book, “Landscapes On Glass,” foreword by President Bill Clinton.  The book showcases Ansel Hall’s collection of lantern slides used to promote the original Rainbow Bridge Monument Valley Expedition.

Jack is experienced in film, television, and print media as producer, director, and/or talent on productions for: ABC Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, and Disney HD.  In 2016 he was elected to the iconic Explorers Club (founded in 1904; NYC).

Phase I Study and Planning

Fundraising efforts are underway to conduct a a three-month study to transcribe, sort, index, and conduct the first detailed study of the lost files.  This information will determine the viability and cost to produce a documentary film, television broadcast, book, exhibit, and/or other historical program based on the Lost Files and other Ansel Hall archives.

Phase I will also be used to research and prepare marketing materials for grants, sponsor support, and other funding for Phase II.

To make a contribution, please contact jturner@LandscapesOnGlass.com

Phase II Project Development and Execution

There are numerous opportunities that may be possible for the Phase II project including but not limited to:

  1. A documentary film suitable for historic programs, film festivals, public television, Boy Scouts of America, National Park Service museums, high schools, and universities. Click here to see the film trailer for “Ask A Ranger.”  (“Ask A Ranger is a documentary film originally greenlighted by NPR and Colorado Public Television.  Production was halted when the original producer passed away mid-project.  One goal of the Lost Files Project is to finish production on this or a similar documentary.) 
  2. Book(s) and other printed materials for historians, the National Park Service, Boy Scouts of America, and the public,
  3. Exhibit materials for the Ansel F. Hall Exhibit at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies (a major exhibit already planned for 2019 or 2020).
  4. Educational materials and online information, images, etc. for Supporting Organizations, schools, project website, and multiple social networks.
  5. Educational and / or theatrical lecture series.
  6. Additional source material for Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition—ONWARD!

Academic Oversight

All the Lost Files, supporting materials, research, conclusions, and publications are open to the Supporting Organizations and subject to their review / approval.