Today, just before the rain began, the National Outdoor Leadership School dedicated its newly finished bronze statue of its founder, Paul Petzoldt. It will permanently reside at the NOLS headquarters in Lander. A committee of former and current NOLS employees led a fundraising effort of more than $85,000 to have the bronze done by artist Ben Victor
Victor was unable to be present for the dedication, having broken his leg a
couple months ago. The bronze was cast at Eagle Bronze in Lander.
"Those of us who knew him like where he is right now (motioning to the
statue)," old friend Rob Hellyer said. "There's nothing subjective about
this bronze." He added that the larger than life size of the bronze was
fitting for Petzoldt's big personality.
NOLS Executive Director spoke about Petzoldt's ever-lasting methodology of
learning by experience and the power of the mountains that the statue
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