Professor Betsy Downey is an American Historian whose interests, in keeping with her American Studies degree, are wide-ranging. In addition to her work in American History and American Literature at the University of Denver, she has also studied the Cold War, the New Deal, women in American Literature, and women in European History in post- doctoral seminars at Stanford University and the University of Connecticut. She has published on the Cold War, domestic violence on the frontier, and the works of Mari Sandoz. She has given numerous papers on these topics and also on preservation of the buffalo, the Cascade Crest Trail, and women in ski patrolling. A serious photographer, she has used photography in many of her presentations, and her photographs were used in a book on early childhood by faculty in the School of Education.