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Register now for tours for the 62nd Annual Utah State History conference. You must be registered in order to attend a tour.


62nd Annual Utah State History Conference
“Utah Technology Through Time”


Register for the conference. It's free and open to the public.


September 25th – September 27th, 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah @ The City Library and The Leonardo


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This year’s conference is brought to you by a host of generous partners. View them here. 


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Technology has helped people live and thrive in Utah for over 12,000 years. In order to understand and remember the development of technology in Utah, this year’s Utah State History conference will focus on Utah Technology through Time. Download the conference Save the Date notice.


The conference is organized into four tracks: • The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s – present • Utah industry, technology, and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries • Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah • Utah history



National Register Nominations | July 2014

In July 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review four (4) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

George and Mabel Anderson House, Brigham City, Utah
The Princess Recreation Hall/Lynndyl LDS Meetinghouse, Lynndyl, Utah
Ezra and Abigail Shomaker House, Manti, Utah
Murray Hillside Historic District, Murray, Utah

The Board of State History meets on July 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site.

Utah’s Historic Preservation Strategic Plan Survey

Over the next year, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office within the Utah Division of State History will lead out on a concerted effort to assess the current state of historic preservation in Utah, and through collaboration with state and federal agencies, local governments, various non-profit stakeholders, and as many members of the Utah Public as possible we hope to find a set of common goals and objectives to guide Historic Preservation in Utah over the next seven years.
If you would like to learn more about the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan process, please go the National Park Service’s webpage (click here)
A first step in this effort is to assess the current knowledge of historic preservation issues in Utah through an online survey. We hope that you have the time to fill out the survey as candidly and straightforwardly as possible. There is no place in the form for any personal information, so the answers are completely confidential.

Please use the scroll bar on the right to move through the survey.

Call for Entries Open for “DesignArts Utah ’14” – 19 May 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the call for entries for “DesignArts Utah ’14,” a juried exhibition highlighting the work of professional and student designers in any design field who currently live in Utah. Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in New York, is this year’s juror. All entries must be submitted by June 27, 2014.

This exhibition of selected designs opens Friday, August 29 and runs through Friday, October 17, 2014, culminating with a closing reception in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition will be inside the Rio Grande Depot in the Rio Gallery, located at 300 South Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 recognition and thank-you award for the achievement and contribution to Utah.

Juror Ellen Lupton is senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Recent museum projects include “Graphic Design — Now in Production,” an exhibition on national tour through 2014, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Lupton also serves as director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers are invited to participate, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design — urban and rural), as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields. Entries may be submitted online or via CD/DVD to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Design Arts Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2014.

Further information, including entry forms and instructions, is available online at www.designartsutah.org. If you have questions, contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271.

- SAVE THE DATES AND PLAN TO ATTEND -

September 25 -27, 2014

sixty-second annual
Utah State History conference

UTAH TECHNOLOGY THROUGH TIME

Location: The Leonardo and The City Library
@ Library Square
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

For questions: Alycia Aldrich
801-245-7226, aaldrich@utah.gov

REGISTER ONLINE. IT’S FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Download the conference Save the Date notice.


Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments

For immediate release

April 30, 2014

Contact:
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

For Technical Information:  Alycia Aldrich, 801.245-7226

 

Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments

 

Salt Lake City – Utah State History has awarded over $147,000 in matching grants to 14 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) for the 2014-2015 grant year. CLG grants assist local governments in documenting and preserving historic buildings and archaeological sites.  The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.  For more information on the Certified Local Government program, visit http://history.utah.gov.

Centerville – $9,950 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Thomas and Sara Whitaker house, to conduct a selective reconnaissance level survey, prepare a National Register nomination, to attend the Utah Preservation Conference, and to publish a walking tour booklet of historic Centerville City homes.

Draper – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Joseph & Celestia Smith House or another National Register-listed home, attend a preservation conference, and to publish a historic walking tour brochure.

Emery County – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed San Rafael Bridge.

Heber – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Heber City Amusement Hall.

Hurricane – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Bradshaw House/Hotel.

Leeds – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Leeds CCC Camp Historic District and the National Register-listed Wells Fargo and Company Express Building.

Manti – $7,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Manti City Hall.

Rockville – $2,500 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Russell Home in the Grafton Historic District, and to publish walking tour brochures.

Salt Lake City – $24,948 to hire a professional consultant to complete a standard reconnaissance level survey of the University Neighborhood Historic District, to host an onsite training seminar related to historic preservation, and to send members of the historic preservation commission to a national, regional, or local conference related to historic preservation.

Salt Lake County – $16,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Henry J. Wheeler Farm, and to hire a professional consultant to prepare a multiple property National Register nomination for buildings within the Millcreek Township area.

Sandy – $10,000 to hire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the National Register-listed Crescent Elementary School, and to publish walking tour booklets and brochures.

South Jordan – $7,500 to hire a professional financial consultant to complete a Market Demand Analysis and a Pro Forma Financial Analysis to help identify a highest and best use of the National Register-listed Samuel E. Holt Farmstead.

St. George – $10,000 to hire a consultant to conduct an archaeological survey of approximately 800 acres in the city boundaries, to update and publish the third edition of the Landmark & Historic Sites book, and to attend the Utah Preservation Conference.

Tooele County – $17,800 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Benson Grist Mill, and tohire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the historic Wendover Officer’s Club at Wendover Air Force Base.

 

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Utah Archaeology Week Open House

DIG INTO UTAH’S PAST
COME SEE HOW ARCHAEOLOGY TELLS THE STORY OF UTAH’S ANCIENT PEOPLE
What: Utah Archaeology Week Open House
When: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Find out more about Utah’s incredible past during Utah Archaeology Week, May 3-10, 2014. Archaeological themed events will be held throughout the state to educate the public about Utah’s fabulous archaeological heritage.

On May 3, the Utah Division of State History will host the Archaeology Week Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will be able to throw a special spear called an atlatl, grind corn using stone tools, make Fremont figurines, see how projectile points are made, buy Indian tacos, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

“Archaeology Week gives the community a chance to connect to Utah’s unique past,” says Brad Westwood, Director, Utah State History. “It helps people realize that we have 13,000 plus years of human activity in Utah. Archaeology is our heritage and should be celebrated.”

Organizations throughout Utah will be hosting additional special events during Utah Archaeology Week. For a complete listing of statewide events, please visit history.utah.gov/archaeology-week or call Deb Miller at 801-245-7249 or email damiller@utah.gov.

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Find more about us online at heritage.utah.gov
State History serves the citizens of Utah by helping to make history accessible, exciting, and relevant-and integral to the economy and culture of the state. State History is a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

Download the Press Release in PDF form

Archaeology Week 2014 Events


Utah Archaeology Week celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and cultural resources with a week of lectures and hands-on learning.

Statewide events include:

  • Open house at the Rio Grande Depot with educational activities for kids
  • Annual poster contest
  • Lectures and paper presentations
  • Tours of archaeological sites

Please note: Updates occur regularly, but may take up to 48 hours to appear.

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Beaver County

Fire, Frisco and Furnaces – Tour of the Charcoal Making Industry at Historic Frisco, Beaver County

CITY: Frisco (Meet in Cedar City)
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 10, 8am to 2pm
LOCATION: Meet at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
SPONSORS: BLM, Frontier Homestead State Park
ADMISSION: Free

This is a BLM guided tour of the historic town of Frisco in Beaver County. Participants will be
able to see charcoal kilns, ruins of houses and businesses, town cemetery, and wherever else
the guide may lead. It will be a fun day of discovery. All ages welcome. Please prepare by
wearing good shoes, sunscreen, and possibly a hat. You will also want to bring lunch, water,
and a camera. While some carpooling may be possible, please prepare to drive your own
vehicle. High clearance vehicle required! We will be meeting at the Frontier Homestead State
Park in Cedar City before 8am. Those who are coming from another county can meet at 9:15
a.m. at the Carbonate Gulch Road and Hwy 21, 12.7 miles west of junction Hwys 21 and 257
in Milford and 1.1 miles east of Frisco Summit. While not required, attending the Wednesday
presentation at the Homestead will greatly enhance your experience. No public restrooms
available at the site.

Cache County

Utah Archaeology and Native History at the Museum of Anthropology

City: Logan
Date & time: Saturday, May 10, 10am-2pm
Location: USU Museum of Anthropology, USU Campus, Old Main Building, Room 252
Information: elizabeth.sutton@usu.edu, (435)797-7545, anthromuseum.usu.edu
Sponsor: USU Museum of Anthropology and USU Native American Student Council
Admission: Free

“Utah Archaeology and Native History” This is a FREE event at our museum designed for a family audience. We will offer hands-on activities with tours of our Great Basin exhibits and artifact displays,atlatl throwing, making pottery, and Native Arts and Crafts.

Carbon County

Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum Family Activity Day

CITY: Price
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 3, (Free admission to Museum 9am to 5pm)
LOCATION: USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, 155 East Main St.
INFORMATION: Dr. Tim Riley, tim.riley@usu.edu; usueastern.edu/museum/
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum
ADMISSION: Free

Come join the Prehistoric Museum for a day of fun for the whole family, including numerous hands-on activities and educational events. Admission to the museum is free all day, with children’s activities from 10am to 2pm. Bring the whole family!


Prehistoric Artisans: The Role of Artistic Expression among the Fremont

CITY: Price
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 6, 7-8pm
LOCATION: USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum (upstairs), 155 East Main St.
INFORMATION: Dr. Tim Riley, tim.riley@usu.eduusueastern.edu/museum/
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum
ADMISSION: Free

Dr. Tim Riley will speak on artistic expression amongst the Fremont peoples of Utah, at this free event at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum.


The Mouth That Roared: Acrocanthosaurus inside and out

CITY: Price
DATE & TIME: Friday, May 9, 7-8pm
LOCATION: USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum (upstairs), 155 East Main St.
INFORMATION: Dr. Tim Riley, tim.riley@usu.eduusueastern.edu/museum/
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum
ADMISSION: Free

Dr. Ken Carpenter, the Director and Curator of Paleontology at the Prehis-
toric Museum & Associate Vice Chancellor at Utah State University.


Art Gallery Exhibition Opening – Terry Willis, Chasing The Light – II

CITY: Price
DATE & TIME: Friday, May 10, 9am-5pm
LOCATION: USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum (upstairs), The museum art gallery.
INFORMATION: (435) 613-5060 or (800) 817-9949
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum
ADMISSION: General admission rates apply. For Prices visit: usueastern.edu/museum/visit.htm

Daggett County

History and Archaeology of the Jarvie Ranch in Daggett County, Utah

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 17, 10am to 3pm
LOCATION: Jarvie Ranch
INFORMATION: BLM Ranger for Jarvie Ranch (435) 885-3307
SPONSOR: Vernal Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
ADMISSION: Free

Jarvie Days is an all-day program that provides an opportunity for the public to experience life-ways of the inhabitants of Browns Park of NE Utah during the late 18th Park area, there were several cultural interactions that were taking place. Beyond the settlers that inhabited the area year-round, there were seasonal gatherings of Mountain Men and Native Americans. To represent these various cultures, the Vernal Field Office is planning on having several opportunities for the public to have hands-on experiences that include various historic activities of the period. These include, but are not limited to, rope making, candle making, and various prehistoric technologies such as petroglyph recreation and atlatl throwing. Also planned are multiple re-enactors that represent the
Mountain Men Rendezvous, Native American Flintknapping, Blacksmithing, and Wagon Teamsters. It will be a fun filled day of learning for the entire family with food vendors available.
century. During this period in the Browns.

Emery County

The Tusher Diversion and Hastings Ranch and Green River’s Agricultural Industry

CITY: Green River
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 8, 7-830pm
LOCATION: John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main St.
INFORMATION: Grant Carlos Smith, grant.smith@ut.usda.gov
SPONSOR: National Resources Conservation Service and John Wesley Powell Museum
ADMISSION: FREE

Presentation will cover the history and importance of the Tusher Diversion and the Hastings Ranch in the development of the Green River agricultural industry. As part of that meeting, NRCS and the John Wesley Powell museum is inviting the public to bring photos, articles, journal entries, and/or anecdotes about the Tusher Diversion so that its history can be better understood and appreciated. NRCS will have scanners and copiers at hand for those that wish to share.


Movie Night at the Museum

CITY: Castle Dale
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 8 at 6pm
LOCATION: Museum of the San Rafael, 70 North 100 East, Castle Dale, UT
INFORMATION: museum@emery.utah.gov, 435-381-5252
SPONSOR: Museum of the San Rafael
ADMISSION: Free

Please join us for a fun and entertaining evening of watching the animated movie, The Croods, at the museum. The movie is rated “PG”. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. Bring your own pillows and blankets. Popcorn and water provided!


Family day at the Museum

CITY: Castle Dale
DATE & TIME: Saturday May 10, 10am-2pm
LOCATION: Museum of the San Rafael, 70 North 100 East, Castle Dale, UT
INFORMATION: museum@emery.utah.gov, 435-381-5252
SPONSOR: Museum of the San Rafael
ADMISSION: Free

Please join us for a day of family activities at the Museum of the San Rafael with activities for all ages.

Grand County

Aliens, Dinosaurs, and Lost Treasure: Hijacking Southern Utah’s Cultural Heritage for Nefarious Purposes

CITY: Moab
DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 8, 6-7pm
LOCATION: Moab Information Center, 25 East Center Street
INFORMATION: Mary Thomas, crmfilesearch@gmail.com
SPONSOR: Moab Information Center
ADMISSION: Free

Southern Utah’s rich cultural history holds many mysteries. These mysteries slowly reveal themselves to archaeologists, historians, and other scholars as they undertake careful, thoughtful, and often tedious research based on empirical observations, fact checking, and the scientific method. Unfortunately, many of these investigations are overshadowed in popular culture by questionable claims made by pseudoscience practitioners who manipulate facts, make unverifiable claims, or use weakly piecemealed arguments to twist simple observations to fit into preconceived notions of their preferred realities. Using examples drawn from Southern Utah, claims for creation, alien visitation, hidden treasure, and certain infamous missing person case are scrutinized through common sense, logic, and the scientific method.

Iron County

Archaeology Day

CITY: Cedar City
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 3, 10am to 3pm
LOCATION: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (635 N. Main), Cedar City
SPONSORS: Southern Utah University, Bureau of Land Management-Cedar office, Project Archaeology, Frontier Homestead State Park, and the Cowboy Smokehouse.
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
ADMISSION: $5/family

This is the 3rd annual kick-off event for Archaeology Week in southern Utah. We will have various activities and demonstrations for all ages. Bring the family and learn how to throw an atlatl, grind corn, build an ancient dwelling, make a prehistoric duck decoy, and more. Also, bring your interesting artifacts from home and “Ask an Archaeologist” to give you more information. Boy Scouts can earn Indian Lore badge by participating. Park entrance fee is $1.50 per person or $5.00 per family.


SUU Archaeology Repository Tours

CITY: Cedar City
DATE & TIME: Monday, May 5, 6 to 8pm
LOCATION: Room 101-A, West basement door, Electronic Learning Center (ELC), SUU, Cedar City
SPONSOR: Southern Utah University
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
ADMISSION: Free

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity available to the public to see and touch real artifacts from various archaeological sites. Professional archaeologist and curator, Barbara Frank, will be offering the tours every half hour and answering questions. Directional signs will be on the doors of the ELC to ensure that you arrive. All (well-behaved) ages welcome! Free event.


Fire, Frisco and Furnaces: Presentations on the Charcoal Making Industry at Historic Frisco, Beaver County

CITY: Cedar City
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 7, 7 to 8 pm
LOCATION: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (635 N. Main), Cedar City
SPONSORS: BLM, Frontier Homestead State Park
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
ADMISSION: Free
Professionals, Doug Page and Nate Thomas, will offer public presentations on historic mining in southern Utah and the latest discoveries at historic Frisco, Utah. Those interested in taking the tour Saturday won’t want to miss these presentations. Free event.


Parowan Gap Tour

CITY: Cedar City
DATE & TIME: Friday, May 9, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Meet at Frontier Homestead State Park (635 N. Main) or at Parowan Gap
SPONSORS: BLM, Frontier Homestead State Park
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
ADMISSION: Free

Come see one of the largest and most spectacular collections of rock art in Utah! This tour will be guided by BLM archaeologist, Nate Thomas. While some carpooling may be possible, please prepare to drive your own vehicle. We will meet at the Frontier Homestead State Park and be ready to depart at 6:30 pm. You may also meet the group at the Gap. The petroglyphs are visible from the road, so no rigorous gear should be necessary and wheel chairs should be able to access most of the area. Water, binoculars, and a camera are suggested. No public restrooms yet available at this site.

Salt-Lake1

Utah Archaeology Week Open House

CITY: Salt Lake City
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 3, 10am-2pm
LOCATION: Rio Grande Building, 300 S Rio Grande Street, SLC
INFORMATION: history.utah.gov, or Like us on Facebook UtahStateAntiquitiesSection
SPONSOR: Utah Division of State History and partners
ADMISSION: Free

Experience Utah’s rich cultural heritage by participating in hands-on archaeological activities. Grinding corn, throwing spears, and face painting are just a few of the exciting events for kids and families.

Sevier County

Archaeology of Clear Creek Canyon and Fremont Indian State Park

DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 15, 6-8pm
LOCATION: Fremont Indian State Park & Museum, 3820 Clear Creek Canyon Rd.
INFORMATION: donmerritt@utah.gov; (435) 527-4631
SPONSOR: Fremont Indian State Park & Friends of the Fremont
ADMISSION: Free

Archaeologists Richard Talbot and Asa Nielson will present on the archaeology of Fremont Indian State Park, and provide a unique perspective on those archaeological excavations and research as they were members of the original team to do the work in the 1980s before founding of the State Park. Get an insider’s perspective on the archaeology of the canyon! There is no fee for the lecture or access to the museum from 6pm to 8pm, and everyone is welcome.

tooele

Annual Archaeology Week Public Tour of Danger & Jukebox Caves

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 10, 2014
LOCATION: Contact Justina Parsons below
INFORMATION: Justina Parsons-Bernstein jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov (put “Danger Cave Tour” in subject line
SPONSOR: Utah State Parks
ADMISSION: RSVP Only

Danger and Jukebox Caves were formed under the waters of Lake Bonneville. When the waters of that ancient lake receded and revealed the caves, humans began using them as shelter and food processing centers. Archaeological work in these caves is the foundation of Great Basin Archaeological studies. Saturday, May 10th will the annual public Archaeology Week tour of the caves with Utah State Parks staff and associated experts.

Space is limited for this annual tour. Please Note–this tour involves some very steep and rugged hiking. You must reserve a spot by emailing Utah State Parks Heritage Resources Coordinator Justina Parsons-Bernstein at jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov with “Danger Cave Tour” in the subject line. First emailed, first served.

Utah County

Museum of Peoples and Cultures Block Party

CITY: Provo
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 10, 11am to 3pm
LOCATION: Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 100 E 700 N
INFORMATION: mpc@byu.edu; (801) 422-0020
SPONSOR: Brigham Young University, Museum of Peoples and Culture
ADMISSION: Free

Come join the Museum of Peoples and Culture for an archaeological Block Party! The theme this year is “Technology through Time” and there will five different stations (Weapons & Hunting, Food Preparation, Clothing, Building Materials, and Games and Entertainment) and each station will have three different cultures in Utah represented as well as a game. Refreshments will be provided to all attendees!

Washington County

Archaeological Excavation Tour

CITY: ST. George
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 3, 10 to 11am
LOCATION: Meet at Crosby Family Confluence Park
SPONSORS: Local Professional Archaeologists
INFORMATION: Samantha Kirkley, slkirkley@gmail.com
ADMISSION: Free

Come and receive a guided tour of an archaeological excavation currently in progress in St.George. All are welcome to meet at the Crosby Family Confluence Park located just south of the Dixie Center on Convention Center Drive prior to 10 am, when you will be guided to the site by a professional archaeologist. This is a rare and educational opportunity that you don’t want to miss!

Please note: Jumps may land slightly below their marker. We are sorry for the inconvenience.