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World War II Honor List

The End of World War II in Images

Taken on August 14, 1945, the following images taken in downtown Salt Lake City are from the Salt Lake Tribune Collection housed at the Utah State Historical Society. Gathered by Ron Fox, these photos capture the emotion felt as Japan surrendered.

Click here for Utah’s World War II “Honor List of Dead and Missing,” which was published by the War Department in June 1946. This report also lists each Utahn casualty by name, according to their county of residence.


National Register Nominations | September 2014

In October 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

John & Margaret Price House in Salt Lake City

Murray City Diesel Power Plant in Murray

Rawsel & Jane Bradford House in Murray

James & Mary Jane Miller House in Murray

John & Sarah Jane Wayman House in Centerville

The Board of State History meets on October 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site. Please note: agenda for October 2014 may be delayed due to the production of the sixty-second annual Utah State History conference.

Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic buildings in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: George & Ellen Furgis House, Salt Lake City; Salt Lake Country Club & Golf Course, Salt Lake City; Marsac Elementary School (amended nomination), Park City; Ogden Union Stockyard Exchange Building; Ogden; and Carhart Pueblo, San Juan County.

George & Ellen Furgis House
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

UT_Salt Lake County_Furgis George and Ellen House_0001 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
The George and Ellen Furgis House, constructed in 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a one-story International Style modern residence. The building is locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture for its unique and distinctive design and association with prominent Salt Lake City architect Eduard Dreier. The Furgis House is an excellent and rare example of a mid-century International style residential design in Salt Lake City. The Furgis House has the horizontality, lack of decoration, visible structural components, glazed curtain walls allowing views of a natural landscape, and modern interior elements that closely reflect the influence of the International Style of architecture.

The architect Eduard Dreier was born in 1926 in Bern, Switzerland. He attended architecture school and worked at top firms in Zurich, Switzerland, until he immigrated to the United States with his parents in June of 1949. Eduard worked with local firms for a few years and then branched out into his own residential practice. His designs were almost exclusively influenced by the International Style of Mies van der Rohe and other Bauhaus architects.

Eduard Dreier was one of only a few Salt Lake City architects who designed International Style-influenced buildings. He was also one of two who extensively specialized in modern style residential architecture, and the only one who designed Miesian-influenced International Style residences.
Among many his many residences, Ed Dreier only designed four similar houses in Salt Lake City. The Furgis House is the only residence among those four that retains its original interior and exterior. The Furgis house is a unique and significant contributing architectural resource.

Read the full nomination:
George & Ellen Furgis House

Salt Lake Country Club & Golf Course
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah

Statement of Significance: UT_Salt Lake County_Salt Lake CC&GC_0012 (Medium)
The Salt Lake Country Club & Golf Course site is significant under Criteria A and C. The period of significance for the site begins in 1905 with the opening of the course and clubhouse and ends in 1924, when the property changed from private to municipal ownership and its uses and role in the local community were fundamentally altered; the site still reflects the clubhouse and course as they were during the period of significance. Under Criterion A, the primary criterion of significance, the clubhouse and golf course have statewide significance in the area of Social History for their direct association with the development of a leisure class and social clubs in Utah and the area of Recreation and Entertainment for the introduction of golf to the state as a new form of recreation (i.e., the theme of recreation and entertainment). Completed in 1905, the golf course and clubhouse served as a key gathering place for Salt Lake City’s business, political, and social leaders and venue for a majority of the community’s “high society” events. The Salt Lake Country Club, with its clubhouse and golf course in Forest Dale, appears to be the first recreation-specific social organization in the state as well as being among the first social clubs in Utah to allow equal access to women and men. The golf course stands today as the oldest course in Utah and the first formal course in the state. The course clubhouse represents the first golf-specific clubhouse constructed in Utah.

The clubhouse is also significant under Criterion C as a rare example of historical Mission Revival style architecture in Salt Lake City. While smaller and less stylized examples of the style can be found in the residential architecture of the Salt Lake Valley, the clubhouse is one of a very few large, non-residential buildings to exhibit the full range of features associated with Mission Revival style architecture. Finally, the clubhouse is significant under Criterion C for its association with vaunted local architect Frederic Albert Hale, who designed the clubhouse and is noted for his work on many of Salt Lake City’s most iconic buildings. Hale fundamentally changed the architectural landscape of Salt Lake City with his work on public buildings, and his work on the Salt Lake Country Club clubhouse is no exception.

Read the full nomination:
Salt Lake Country Club & Golf Course

Marsac Elementary School (amended)
Park City, Summit County, Utah

UT_Summit County_Marsac Elementary_0001 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
Because the original nomination did not include significance criteria, areas of significance, or a period of significance, they are being included with the additional documentation. However, no additional information for the statement of significance is being added. The Marsac Elementary School is significant under Criteria A in the areas of Politics/Government and Social History. The period of significance is 1936-1965, which corresponds with the construction of the original building and the end of the historic era (50 years ago). The building was continuously used for the same purpose through the period of significance

Read the full nomination:
Marsac Elementary School AD

Ogden Union Stockyard Exchange Building
Ogden, Weber County

Statement of Significance: 001 (Medium)
The Ogden Union Stockyard Exchange Building, constructed in 1931, is locally significant under Criteria A and C. The period of significance dates from the original construction of 1931, to 1965, the end of the historic era. Under Criterion A, it is significant in the areas of Agriculture and Commerce, for its association with the economic success of Ogden in the livestock industry. Ogden is known for the contribution it made to the rail industry, yet it should also be known for the important contribution it made in the area of livestock trade, particularly between the years 1920 and 1960. After 1960, Ogden began losing its strength as being the top shipping center for cattle, as more slaughter houses were moving closer to where cattle were being raised. Construction of the building began in September of 1930 and was completed in 1931. The Exchange Building was used for many years as the offices of the Ogden Union Stockyards and many other agricultural businesses. When the stockyards were no longer used for livestock the Exchange Building was adapted for use as a trade school, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and, within the last few years, a haunted house attraction.

The Exchange Building is also significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture, for embodying the distinctive characteristics of the Art Deco architecture movement as interpreted by noted Ogden architect, Leslie S. Hodgson. Hodgson was one of the most influential architects within the community and conceived the three most significant Art Deco-style buildings in Utah, the US Forest Service building ( NRIS #06000432), Ogden Municipal Building (NRIS #83003202) and at the pinnacle of his career, Ogden High School (NRIS #83003201). Although not as elaborately rendered as these buildings, the Ogden Union Exchange Building is still an excellent example of Hodgson’s local interpretation of the Art Deco style and truly is a significant and contributing historic building in Ogden.

Read the full nomination:
Ogden Union Stockyard Exchange Bldg

Carhart Pueblo
San Juan County

UT_San Juan County_Carhart Pueblo_0003 (Medium)Statement of Significance:
Carhart Pueblo includes a Chaco-style great house with a blocked-in kiva, a great kiva, earthen berms, surrounding roomblocks, and a possible prehistoric road segment, indicating the site’s connection with Chaco Canyon to the south (Baxter 2010). Carhart’s occupation from the early Pueblo II through Pueblo III periods (ca. A.D. 1040-1140), makes it one of the earliest Chaco outliers known in the northern San Juan region. Additionally, the site’s location in southeastern Utah makes it one of the most northerly great house communities identified (Lekson 1984; Van Dyke 2003). The well-preserved site illustrates the cultural development of ancestral Puebloan peoples in the northern San Juan region during an important time of community establishment and integration into the Chaco system (Lipe et al. 1999). As one of the earliest and most northerly great house communities, Carhart Pueblo provides important evidence about the nature of the developing Chaco system and the extent of involvement and integration into the system by outlying communities (Baxter 2010; Van Dyke 2003). Carhart Pueblo is therefore significant at the national level and has a period of significance dating between A.D. 1040 and 1140. Under Criterion C, it is significant in the area of Community Planning and Development for embodying the distinctive architectural features and characteristics of a Chacoan great house outlier community. Under Criterion D it is significant in the areas of Prehistoric Archeology and Religion (under Criteria Consideration A). Carhart Pueblo has provided and could continue to provide important information regarding early Chacoan outlier community establishment and organization, architectural construction techniques and styles, changing subsistence practices, and ancestral Puebloan ceremonial practices and beliefs. Carhart is an estimated 90% intact and represents an excellent example of a northern, early Chacoan outlier community (Baxter 2010; Mills 2002).

Read the full nomination:
Carhart Pueblo

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

How can I get a house or building listed? (and other frequently asked questions)


National Register Nominations | October 2015

On October 29, 2015, the State Historic Preservation Review Board, for the Utah Division of State History, will review three (3) nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. These are:

Smoot Dairy Farmhouse Centerville, Davis County
Park City High School Park City, Summit County
Barrett-Homer-Larsen Farmstead Orem, Utah County

The State Historic Preservation Review Board meets on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 12:30 pm to review the NRHP nominations. 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 If you have questions, contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271.

Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments

For immediate release

April 30, 2014

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

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

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 or call Deb Miller at 801-245-7249 or email

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Find more about us online at
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.

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

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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,
SPONSORS: BLM, Frontier Homestead State Park

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:, (435)797-7545,
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,;
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum

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.
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum

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.
SPONSOR: Utah State University Eastern, Prehistoric Museum

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:

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

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,
SPONSOR: National Resources Conservation Service and John Wesley Powell Museum

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:, 435-381-5252
SPONSOR: Museum of the San Rafael

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:, 435-381-5252
SPONSOR: Museum of the San Rafael

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
SPONSOR: Moab Information Center

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,
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,

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,
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,

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.


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:, or Like us on Facebook UtahStateAntiquitiesSection
SPONSOR: Utah Division of State History and partners

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:; (435) 527-4631
SPONSOR: Fremont Indian State Park & Friends of the Fremont

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.


Annual Archaeology Week Public Tour of Danger & Jukebox Caves

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 10, 2014
LOCATION: Contact Justina Parsons below
INFORMATION: Justina Parsons-Bernstein (put “Danger Cave Tour” in subject line
SPONSOR: Utah State Parks

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 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:; (801) 422-0020
SPONSOR: Brigham Young University, Museum of Peoples and Culture

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,

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.