GEORGETOWN, D.C. — Nearly 100 students cross the Rawlins High School stage to accept their diploma every May, but what happens after they leave their well-worn paths? For one graduate, it took him all the way to the Smithsonian.

Dennis Stanford left Rawlins High School in 1961 to pursue his love for the earliest of America’s inhabitants. Stanford stated in a 2008 interview for a Nobel Conference, his love for the subject was fostered by a childhood spent roaming the sagebrush covered hills and valleys of Carbon County for Native American artifacts.

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