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1. Wolf, bear, and Yellowstone stuff – souvenirs and research materials reflect her travels and writing on Yellowstone’s wolves and history.  The wolf plate was painted by a former student.

2. “She Wolf” DVD –  Downey was a consultant for this and another National Geographic documentary by cinematographer Bob Landis who  lists her in the credits as wolf historian/consultant.

3. Teddy Roosevelt – her favorite president; he was an adventurer, a progressive reformer, a champion of wilderness protection, a scholar and a larger-than-life personality with an educated opinion about everything.  The Roosevelt street sign was given to her by a student who refused to discuss  its origin.

4. John Muir – nature lover, environmental activist, and a founder of the Sierra Club and effective advocate of wilderness preservation, his writings helped her to form her own attitudes on wilderness and environmental protection.

5. 25-year Plaque – If you can spot it, there’s also a 45-year pin (near Roosevelt’s bust), representing her 45 years of teaching United States history at Gonzaga on topics that included colonial and revolutionary America, the presidencies of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Women in America, African-American history, and most recently the history of Yellowstone Park.

6. Mari Sandoz – books and cup. Downey says Sandoz was an important historian who focused on Great Plains history and whose writings on western women and on the environment influenced her own work.

7. The framed photo on the wall was taken by former GU Admisions Director Jim Mansfield on a backpacking trip in North Idaho.

8. The moon walk front page was saved by her father. Betsy, who did not own a television at the time, watched on a TV at Gonzaga.

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