Ken Wolff Interview, February 14, 2006


Ken Wolff


Suzanne M. Vernon



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Ken Wolff discusses the work of Grounded Eagle Foundation, a non-profit in Swan Valley, Montana, devoted to the rescue and recovery of injured wild birds. He describes growing up in and around Western Montana, his ties to the landscape, and returning to Swan Valley after a number of years away. Wolff recalls serving in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War and the personal difficulties he suffered immediately following the war, such as unemployment, a divorce, and struggling with alcoholism. He talks about returning to Swan Valley in the late 1970s, where he rebuilt his life, largely by working to assist returning veterans, and later in 1983 when he became involved in bird rescue.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swan Valley, Montana; Grounded Eagle Foundation; Non-profit organizations; Western Montana; Unemployment; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Alcoholism; U.S. military; Bird rescue; Veterans’ issues

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 422-195, 196

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:51:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_195_196.mp3; OH_422_195_196.pdf

Ken Wolff Interview, February 14, 2006