Transcontinental Celebration (148th Anniversary) Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10 (9am to 5pm) Location: Golden Spike National Historic Site, 32 miles west of Brigham City For More Information (contact info): 435-471-2209, ext 29
Sponsors/Organizations: National Park Service Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Golden Spike National Historic Site will celebrate the 148th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017. Events marking the May 10th occasion include the recreation of the historic “champagne photo”, a performance by Box Elder High School Band, traditional anniversary program, a re-enactment of the original 1869 ceremony, and locomotive steam demonstrations. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jimmy Chen, Professor of Computer Science & Information Systems, and Utah Advisor of Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). Full calendar of events can be found here: Press Release
Archaeology Day Date & Time: Saturday, May 6 (10am to 2pm) Location: Museum of Anthropology, Old Main RM 252, Utah State University For More Information (contact info): Molly Cannon, email@example.com
Sponsors/Organizations: USU Museum of Anthropology Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Join the World Explorers Club at the USU Museum of Anthropology. Come explore the wonders of Archaeology with us! Try out our mini dig site, learn about major discoveries in archaeology, and hear “Tech Talks” every half hour showing off the technology used by archaeologists.
Hyrum Hydro-Electric Power Plant Tour Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10, 6-8pm Location: Blacksmith Fork Canyon For More Information (contact info): Jami J. Van Huss, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-245-0208
Sponsors/Organizations: Hyrum Museum Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Visit Hyrum City’s hydro-electric plant in Blacksmith Fork Canyon! Hyrum Power Superintendent Matt Draper will briefly discuss the history of electricity in Hyrum (one of Cache Valley’s first electrified cities) and the work inovlved with keeping the lights on. Come and see how water is turned into electricty.
Guided Tours of Historic Hyrum Date & Time: Saturday, May 13 (11am to 1pm) Location: Meet at Hyrum Museum, 50 West Main For More Information (contact info): Jami J. Van Huss, email@example.com, 435-245-0208
Sponsors/Organizations: Hyrum Museum Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Guided tours of historic Hyrum will begin at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Meet at the museum fifteen minutes prior to your tour time. Since there is limited seating on the bus, please sign-up ahead of time at the museum. Tours will last 35–45 minutes and will be based off the Historic Tour of Hyrum, Utah booklet, which will be provided to all participants. Additional booklets will be available at the museum for those interested in driving themselves. More tour times may be added if needed.
Historical Helper Main Street Walking Tour Date & Time: Tuesday, May 16, 4pm Location: Start at Western Mining and Railroad Museum, 294 S. Main St. For More Information (contact info): Lenise Peterman, 435-472-3009, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizations: Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Utah Division of State History Admission Cost: Free, donations accepted. Event Description: Join us for a walking tour with Utah State Historical Architect Don Hartley on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 4PM. We will begin our tour at the Western Mining and Railroad Museum which is located at 294 South Main Street. You’ll gain a new understanding of the construction of our town and the true gem it is! We are proud to educate and show off our beginnings and our ongoing work to improve our historic district.
Nine Mile Canyon Tour Date & Time: Saturday, May 6, 8am
Location: Nine Mile Canyon
For More Information (contact info): Nicole Lohman, Price Field Office Archaeologist (435) 636-3667, email@example.com
Sponsors/Organizations: Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office
Admission Cost: Free
Event Description: Enjoy a visit to some of Nine Mile Canyon’s best historic and cultural sites with the BLM Price Field Office Archaeologist. Participants will meet at the Price Field Office at 8:00 am and carpool to the canyon. Sites that will be visited include First Site, Christensen Ranch, Owl Site, Big Buffalo, Pregnant Buffalo, Fremont Village, and the Great Hunt.
The Archaeology of Bears Ears Date & Time: Monday, May 8, 7pm Location: Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum For More Information (contact info): Shai Reiswig, 435-613-5755, Shai.Reiswig@usu.edu Sponsors/Organizations: Prehistoric Museum Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Come join archaeologist Ralph Burrillo and explore the incredible archaeology found across the newly designated Bears Ears National monument. This event is free and open to the public.
Family Day at the Prehistoric Museum Date & Time: Saturday, May 13 Location: Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum For More Information (contact info): Shai Reiswig, 435-613-5755, Shai.Reiswig@usu.edu Sponsors/Organizations: Co-sponsors include the Castle Valley Archaeological Society, Manti-La Sal National Forest, BLM-Price Field Office Admission Cost: Free admission from 10-5. Kids activities from 10-2 Event Description: Come down and spend a day exploring the geology, paleontology, and archaeology of eastern Utah at the Prehistoric Museum. Admission is free all day and children’s activities will be available from 10-2.
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Buckhorn Wash Rock Art Documentation Date & Time: Friday, May 26, 9am Location: Buckhorn Wash (San Rafael Swell) For More Information (contact info): Nicole Lohman, Price Field Office Archaeologist (435) 636-3667, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizations: Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Learn how to record rock art with the BLM at a site in Buckhorn Wash. Participants will learn how to accurately document rock art images using a photographic tracing method. Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP. All participants will also be required to complete a BLM volunteer agreement in advance.
The Way We Worked: Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Date & Time: May 20, 2017 at 12pm to 3pm Location: Museum of the San Rafael For More Information (contact info): email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Museum of the San Rafael, Utah Humanities Association Admission Cost: Free Event Description: The Museum of the San Rafael is hosting The Way We Worked Smithsonian Traveling exhibit. This exhibit highlights the way we have worked through time on a national level, a state level and then we are creating a companion exhibit that is The Way We Worked in Emery County from 1880-1980. Our opening day is May 20, 2017 starting at 12 and going to 3:00 pm. Joining this opening we are having a bake sale for our Emery County American Legion. the proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the American Legion of Emery County.
We would like to thank the Utah Humanities Association for this opportunity, with out them this project would not be possible
Rock Out with Rock Art at the Rochester Panel Date & Time: May 11, 2017, 1-4pm Location: The panel is located 3 miles east of Emery, Utah but is accessed via a graded road coming from a turnoff to the north, near the town of Moore. To get to the panel drive to the turnoff between mile markers 16 and 17 on highway 10 between the towns of Emery and Ferron. Take the paved road heading east to Moore for about half a mile. Turn south onto a well-graded road and drive for about 4 miles, passing a radio tower on the way. From the parking lot an obvious hiking trail of about a half mile leads along the side of a small canyon to the panel. For More Information (contact info): Amber Koski, Price Assistant Field Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizations: Bureau of land Management Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Join professional archaeologists, historians and enthusiasts in the upkeep of the iconic ‘Rochester Panel”. Volunteers will assist in trail delineation and trash pickup. A short overview of the regions prehistory and history will be provided by the BLM. After the event, volunteers are encouraged to visit a historic coal mine site just south of the panel and learn about the areas local history. Please bring water and come dressed for the conditions. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Participants will receive a free T-Shirt for their participation.
Graffiti Removal Date & Time: May 22 thru May 26 Location: Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management For More Information (contact info): Don Montoya, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Graffiti removal training and field exercises for archaeology site stewards. Participation limited to 15 attendees.
Dating Barrier Canyon Rock Art at the Great Gallery, Canyonlands National Park: Later Than We Thought and Implications for the Ancient History of Utah Date & Time: May 25th, 6pm to 7pm Location: Moab Information Center For More Information (contact info): firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: Moab Information Center, Bureau of Land Management Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Rock art compels interest from both researchers and a broader public, inspiring many hypotheses about its cultural origin and meaning, but it is notoriously difficult to date numerically. Barrier Canyon-style (BCS) pictographs of the Colorado Plateau are among the most debated examples; hypotheses about its age span the entire Holocene epoch and previous attempts at direct radiocarbon dating have failed. Results provide a maximum possible age, a minimum age, and an exposure time window for the creation of the Great Gallery panel, respectively. Our age result of A.D. ∼1–1100 coincides better with the transition from the Archaic to the Fremont culture; a time when indigenous Archaic foragers encountered immigrant Basketmaker II farmers bringing maize agriculture north of the Colorado River. This presentation summarizes the geological dating, and targets the human behavioral context in which the Great Gallery was produced. Our dating suggests that Barrier Canyon Style rock art was an artistic tradition that spanned cultures and arose out of a time of fundamental change in the lives of Utah’s ancient inhabitants.
Archaeology Day Date & Time: May 6, 10am to 2pm Location: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities, Utah State Parks Admission Cost: Park entrance fee is $2/person or $5/family Event Description: This is the 6th annual kick-off event for Archaeology Month in southern Utah. It is a day of fun for the whole family! Come throw an atlatl, play a pioneer game, create your own rock art, eat delicious fry bread, and more.
Archaeology Art Contest Date & Time: Entries due May 27th Location: Children’s Section, Cedar City Public Library For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities,Utah State Parks & Cedar City Library Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Children from 2nd to 8th grades have the opportunity to create archaeology themed art for display on the Cedar City Library’s Children’s Wall. Contest details and entry pages are available for pick up at the Frontier Homestead State Park and the Cedar City Library throughout May. Three winners will receive a prize!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Date & Time: Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19, 7pm Location: Theatre, Sharwan Smith Center, SUU Campus, Cedar City For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities,Bureau of Land Management,Southern Utah University Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Did you miss seeing this classic on the BIG screen? This is your chance! The BLM Cedar Office is sponsoring TWO showings of this thrilling adventure! Only 135 seats per show. An archaeologist will give a brief introduction. FREE ADMISSION. PG-13
Archaeology Collections Experience Date & Time: Monday 15, 6pm to 8pm Location: Archaeology Repository, Room 101-A, ELC, SUU Campus, Cedar City For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities, Southern Utah University Admission Cost: Free Event Description:This is a rare, hands-on opportunity to engage with artifacts from archaeological excavations. Repository Director, Barbara Frank, will open the collections to the public and answer questions. Free and Family Friendly.
Kolob Canyon Historic Cabins Tour Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 9am to 1pm Location: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities, Utah State Parks, Southern Utah University Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Enjoy a guided hike to historic cabins in Kolob Canyon-Zion NP. The tour group will meet at the Homestead at 9 am and carpool to the park. Lunches and entrance fees will be provided. You must request a reservation and receive confirmation for this event, as space is limited. Send request to firstname.lastname@example.org Free. Not appropriate for all ages.
Southern Paiute Presentation Date & Time: Monday, May 22, 7pm Location: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum For More Information (contact info): Samantha Kirkley, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Utah Humanities, Southern Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Cedar City Public Library Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Come enjoy a special slide presentation by Shanandoah Anderson from the Southern Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Shivwits Band. Ms. Anderson has taught at several reservation schools and enjoys sharing her cultural knowledge with others. Don’t miss this unique and enlightening experience! Free and Family Friendly.
11th Annual Amazing Earthfest Date & Time: May 14-20, 2017 Location: Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East, Kanab. For More Information (contact info): Sponsors/Organizers: 11th Annual Amazing Earthfest www.AmazingEarthfest.org Admission Cost: Free Event Description: The annual Amazing Earthfest is a signature event centered in southern Utah’s Kane County. Each year beginning on Mother’s day, Earthfest welcomes families and individuals from all fifty states and abroad. Through dynamic and interactive experiences, visitors are invited to discover, learn from and celebrate public lands in the western region of the Colorado Plateau. For specific events and more information please make sure to visit the website above.
Hike to the Mansard Rock Art Site Date & Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8am to 2pm Location: Meet at the Kane County Office of Tourism parking lot at 7:45 a.m @ 78 South 100 East, just off Highway 89 in Kanab. For More Information (contact info): Clay Stewart, 435-644-1280, firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the hike. Sponsors/Organizers: BLM, Kanab Field Office, Kane County Office of Tourism 11th Annual Amazing Earthfest www.AmazingEarthfest.org Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Join the BLM Park Rangers and the Archaeologist on a moderately difficult six-mile hike to the Mansard Rock Art Site. This unique petroglyph site contains many pecked images and overlooks the expanse of the Arizona Strip. Various segments of the trail are very steep with over 1000 feet in elevation change and a 7-foot scramble over a sandstone ledge. Bring the usual hiking gear including a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, lunch/snacks, a daypack and a camera!
Saving Your Stuff: A Curator’s Preservation Tour Date & Time: Saturday, May 6 (all day) Location: Territorial Statehouse State Park For More Information (contact info): email@example.com, 435-743-5316 (email is best) Sponsors/Organizers: Territorial Statehouse State Park Admission Cost: Free with paid admission ($1 10 & under, $2 general, $1 Utah senior [62+], $8 family [up to 6 people], We honor the Utah State Parks Annual Pass and Utah State Parks Honor Pass. Event Description: Guided museum and grounds tours for up to ten people per tour (prepare to make new friends). Ranger Carl will lead this fun, interactive, fast-paced tour, focused on issues around collecting and preserving the various types of artifacts and buildings at Territorial Statehouse State Park and Museum. We will also discuss free or inexpensive things visitors can do to preserve family heirlooms. Please RSVP for this event via e-mail, telephone, or by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/brwDmSi7K0sZxpfC3. Visitors will be grouped as close to their requested time as possible.
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Murray’s Historic Streetscape, Bus Tour Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 10am Location: Meet at Murray City Hall, 5025 South State (southeast parking lot) For More Information (contact info): Mary Ann Kirk, 801-264-2638 Sponsors/Organizers: Murray City/Historic Advisory Board Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Take a narrated drive along the main arteries of the city with a few detours through Murray’s historic districts to learn about Murray’s local historic register and landmarks. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Participants are asked to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with names and contact info.
Salt Lake City
Archaeology and Preservation Month Public Presentations Date & Time: Wednesdays in May, 12pm-1pm Location: Utah State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande St. For More Information (contact info): email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Utah Division of State History, and others TBD Admission Cost: Free & Open to Public Event Description:Utah Division of State History will sponsor a free public lecture each of the five Wednesdays in May in celebration of Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Schedule for May is as follows:
May 3: Bear River Massacre Archaeology, Dr. Ken Cannon, Cannon Heritage.
May 10: ZCMI Documentary and Presentation, Robert Baird,
May 17: Adobe Houses in Salt Lake City, Laurie Bryant,
May 24: Salt Lake City-County Building Rehabilitation, John Lambert & Don Hartley
May 31: Archaeology of the Chinese Railroad Worker in Utah, Chris Merritt
Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl Date & Time: Thursday, May 4th at 6pm Location: Downtown Salt Lake City, the address will be given on ticket receipt For More Information (contact info): Liz at 801-533-0858 ext 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: Preservation Utah Admission Cost: $15 for members; $20 for non-members and general public
Event Description:The mining and railroad boom brought immigrants to Utah from around the world. With them they brought their well-established drinking habits. Rather than lose money to outsiders by importing beer, the first “buy local” movement was initiated by men with a knack for brewing beer. On the Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl, Preservation Utah tells the history of beer in Utah and takes you into three of Utah’s most well-known watering holes, with a Thrist Fursday Pub Crawl pint glass included with your registration! http://utahheritagefoundation.com/tours-and-events/thirst-fursday-pub-crawls
Archaeology and Preservation Month Open House Date & Time: Saturday, May 6th Location: Natural History Museum of Utah For More Information (contact info): email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Natural History Museum of Utah Admission Cost: Free Event Description:Come down and enjoy a variety of archaeological and historic preservation activities for kids and adults.
McCune Mansion Tour Date & Time: TuesdayMay 9, 10am and 11am Location: 200 North Main Street, Salt Lake City For More Information (contact info): Liz at 801-533-0858 ext 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: Preservation Utah Admission Cost: $10 per person Event Description: Alfred and Elizabeth McCune stopped keeping track of expenses after the costs for their “simple” bungalow on Capitol Hill reached $500,000. They imported roof tiles from Holland, rare white satin-grained mahogany from South America, and a room-sized mirror from Germany. The ceiling murals and decorative borders alone took an artist from New York two years to finish. Completed in 1901 and restored in 2001, the McCune Mansion remains a Utah showplace. Spend an hour touring the mansion from the first floor’s octagonal reception room to the third floor’s glittering ballroom. The Venetian marble bathroom alone is worth the tour! http://utahheritagefoundation.com/tours-and-events/guided-tours/item/13-mccune-mansion
Meditation Chapel Tour Date & Time: May 31, 2017, 12pm to 1pm Location: 375 North Canyon Road, SLC For More Information (contact info): Liz at 801-533-0858 ext 107 or email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Preservation Utah Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Beautiful Meditation Chapel is a space set apart for quiet reflection. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Beason built the chapel in 1948 as a memorial to their son, Ross Beason, Jr., and all other Utahns who died in World War II. The plaza surrounding the chapel contains more than 300 granite markers each representing a Utah serviceman whose remains were not recovered after the war. The pink marble chapel features intricate bronze doors, stunning “acid etched” windows, and a patterned marble floor. Take some time to enjoy the chapel’s contemplative atmosphere and lovely setting in Memory Grove Park. http://utahheritagefoundation.com/tours-and-events/guided-tours/item/15-meditation-chapel-in-memory-grove-park
Two Utahs: Religious and Secular Landscapes in the Great Basin West Date & Time: May 31 thru June 3, 2017 Location: Marriott City Center, Salt Lake City (with field trips to Park City/Sanpete Valley) For More Information (contact info): http://www.vafweb.org/saltlakecity-2017; Alison Flanders, Vernacular Architecture Forum/Preservation Utah, firstname.lastname@example.org; (801)521-7969 Sponsors/Organizers: Vernacular Architecture Forum, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Historical Society, Tanner Humanities Center at the university of Utah, College of Architecture and Planning/University of Utah, Park City Planning Department Admission Cost: $450 Event Description: The Salt Lake City conference highlights the process by which the vast interior of the western United States was transformed beginning in the nineteenth century into one of the world’s most distinctive regional landscapes. The story is expressed in the Two Utahs conference title, which acknowledges the central role The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also referred to as the Mormons or LDS Church, played in the place-making process, while at the same time recognizing the significant contributions of non-Mormon forces. Rather than framing the narrative within a simple Mormon/non-Mormon opposition, we break things down into a more fundamental dialogue with religious and secular forces; both Mormons and non-Mormons, and how they had to find ways of making a living and utilizing, even exploiting the region’s ample natural resources. The real duality in the landscape may be between idealism (religious utopia, Edenic nature, sustainable development) and pragmatism (individual enterprise, outdoor recreation, economic growth). Conference tours in Park City, the Sanpete Valley, and Salt Lake City have been designed to introduce attendees to the intricacies of the region’s built environment, and to raise questions about how landscapes are constructed, maintained, contested, and changed.
Cedar Mesa Great House Service Project Date & Time: Friday, May 5 at 9am Location: Meet at the Bluff Community Center at 9am For More Information (contact info): email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Friends of Cedar Mesa and Bureau of Land Management Admission Cost: Free but must register at www.cedarmesafriends.org (Space is limited) Event Description: Join Friends of Cedar Mesa and the BLM to help protect an ancient Puebloan great house on Cedar Mesa that is being damaged by cattle and off-road vehicles. We will be doing the final of three buck & rail fence installations on Friday, May 5th in honor of Utah Archaeology Month.
Historic Shumway Cabin Restoration Project Date & Time: May 8-11 and 18-20th, 830am to 5pm Location: Recapture Wash, Sign up for full details. For More Information (contact info): firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: SITLA,Friends of Cedar Mesa Admission Cost: Free but must register at www.cedarmesafriends.org/shumway-cabin (Space is limited) Event Description: You’re invited to participate in an exciting historic cabin restoration project with Friends of Cedar Mesa, SITLA and Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultations. The Shumway Cabin site is part of an early 20th-century ranch established in 1911 or 1912 by the Peter and Mary Shumway family of Blanding, Utah. Unfortunately, Recapture Wash and other environmental factors have been eroding the foundation and integrity of this cabin. For this multi-day service project, we will be stabilizing this pioneer structure of great historical significance.
Archaeology Day Date & Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10am to 4pm Location: Edge of the Cedars State Park For More Information (contact info): Chris Hanson (435-678-2238), email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Utah State Parks Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Activities include lectures and demonstrations including prehistoric pottery, flint knapping,pueblo textiles, yucca preparation and use, hands-on activities including atatl throwing and friction fire making. Food Available for Purchase. https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/edge-of-the-cedars/
Old School Community Center Dedication Date & Time: May 26th Location: Spring City Main Street For More Information (contact info): firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: Friends of Historic Spring City Admission Cost: Free Event Description: This beautiful old structure will be COMPLETED for this Heritage Day and will be dedicated on Friday May 26, 2017. The second floor will include a large ballroom for receptions and community programs, plus art and cultural events. A Wall of Honor, composed of engraved plaques, will be displayed as a permanent show of gratitude to all those who have made substantial contributions to the restoration of this magnificent building. (Plaques may honor donors, their ancestors, or even stand as a memorial to an individual or family.) The Old Spring City School is the current major project which has made significant progress in the past year. We anticipate the Old School Community Center to be ready for occupants, including Spring City Offices and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) .
Heritage Day Date & Time: May 27th, 10am to 4pm Location: Spring City Main Street For More Information (contact info): email@example.com Sponsors/Organizers: Friends of Historic Spring City Admission Cost: $10-adults; $5-children Event Description: A tour of charming old restored pioneer homes and buildings in historic Spring City Utah. Spring City is the best preserved example of a 19th Century pioneer village in the country. Tickets purchased online, may be picked up at Will Call in the Main Street Historic Firehouse or be purchased from 9am to 2pm at the Old School or the Main Street Firehouse. Funds benefit preservation and restoration efforts in Spring City. Currently the Friends are working to raise money to pay for the loan portion of a Community Impact Board (CIB) grant/loan that Spring City was awarded.
Fremont Indian State Park & Museum (Near Sevier)
Family Fun Day: Archaeology Date & Time: Saturday, May 27, 10am to 2pm Location: Fremont Indian State Park For More Information (contact info): Amy Ramsland, Curator 435-527-4631 Sponsors/Organizers: Fremont Indian State Park Admission Cost: $8/vehicle (up to 8 people per vehicle) Event Description: Learn about archaeolgoy by trying out our new dig box, make a map, learn about stratigraphy and hear from professional archaeologist Bob Leonard about his work on the Old Spanish Trail.
The Old Spanish Trail: Cairns, Blazes and Corridors Date & Time: Saturday May 27, 2pm Location: Fremont Indian State Park For More Information (contact info): Amy Ramsland, Curator 435-527-4631 Sponsors/Organizers: Fremont Indian State Park/ U.S. Forest Service Admission Cost: $8/vehicle (up to 8 people per vehicle) Event Description: The Fishlake National Forest is in the last phase of its investigation of the Fish Lake Cutoff and the Old Spanish Trail from Red Creek (Exit 83, I-70) to Junction, Utah. We have located historic literature that documents these trails and our field surveys have identified cairns, blazes and trail corridors. We now suspect that the Old Spanish Trail followed segments of earlier trails left by Native American travelers and Spanish slavers looking for captives at Fish and Utah lakes, and Grass and Circle valleys. Thus, the Euroamerican use of the area and trails breaks down into two periods: 1795-1817 (blaze dates) for slavery by the Spanish and 1830-1848 for trade, commerce and slaving by Mexicans, Euroamericans, Utes and Navajo. This will be powerpoint presentation with a display of reproduction artifacts.
McPolin Barn Ribbon-Cutting Date & Time: June 24th, 1-5pm (ribbon cutting at 3pm) Location: McPolin Farm, 3000 North HWY 224, Park City, Utah For More Information (contact info): Anya Grahn 435.615.5067/ firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors/Organizers: Park City Municipal Corporation, Friends of the Farm Admission Cost: Free Event Description: In spring 2016, Park City Municipal Corporation began a $1 million stabilization project on the historic c.1921 McPolin Barn. CRSA Architects and Hogan Construction worked with City staffers to ensure the preservation of this iconic structure. The project was completed in early December 2016. The City will be hosting a ribbon cutting celebration to officially unveil the stabilized McPolin Barn to the public on Saturday, May 20th from 1pm to 5pm. The event will feature live music by Motherlode as well as guided tours of the historic barn, house, and outbuildings. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3pm. Parking will be available off-site, and participants are encouraged to use public transportation to reach the site. More details to follow.
Tours of Danger Cave and Jukebox Cave Date & Time: Saturday, May 6, (Times will be provided when you pre-register) Location: Danger Cave State Park (Directions provided upon registration) For More Information (contact info): Ronald J. Rood at email@example.com
Sponsors/Organizations: Utah State Parks and Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. Admission Cost: Utah State Parks Will Have Two Guided Tours of Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area on May 6th, 2017, in conjunction with Utah’s Archaeology and Preservation Month. Cost is $15 per person–inclusive of service fee. Tickets are purchased through Utah State Parks reservation service Reserve America. All participants must have a valid ticket to go on the tour. Tickets will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28th. Ticket Sales will close at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4th. All registered participants will be sent further instructions at that time. PLEASE NOTE: ALL TICKETING IS HANDLED THROUGH RESERVE AMERICA. THERE CAN BE NO REFUNDS AFTER TICKET SALES CLOSE AT 9:00 A.M. MAY 4TH. Event Description: Danger Cave is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Utah and the Great Basin. This large cave is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is perhaps, one of the best known archaeological sites in the United States. Native American groups used this cave, and nearby Jukebox Cave as homes for more than 13,000 years. Excavations at Danger Cave in the late 1940s revealed a complete record of human use of the Great Basin and ongoing research seeks to refine how pre-contact hunters and gatherers thrived in the harsh environments of the Great Basin. Jukebox Cave is similar to Danger Cave but it contains early historic Native American Rock Art and a concrete dance floor used by the Army Air Corps during their training at Wendover prior to WWII. Space is limited and you must pre-register through Utah State Parks reservation service RESERVE AMERICA and there can be no exceptions to this. There is a short but relatively easy hike to Danger Cave and a longer and steep hike to Jukebox Cave. Bring water, appropriate shoes, sun screen, cameras and questions about the archaeology of Utah and the west desert. You will provide your own transportation to the meeting point near Wendover. Travel to the caves is on dirt roads with a couple of rough spots. 4×4 is recommended especially if there is wet weather. The tour will be led by archaeologist Ronald J. Rood, who has assisted with research in Danger Cave and who had been providing tours of the cave for 20 years.
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Open House Date & Time: Saturday, May 13, 730am to 1pm Location: Ouray National Wildlife Refuge For More Information (contact info): https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ouray/
Sponsors/Organizations: Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Various educational stations will be set up throughout the refuge to teach about wildlife, biological research, archaeology, and other topics. The Ashley National Forest Heritage staff will run a station with atlatl demonstrations. The staff will be available to discuss the history of the area, shifts in hunting technology, and display some artifacts. Public participants are invited to visit the archaeology station and take a turn throwing the atlatl.
Behind the Scenes Archaeology Tour Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10 Location: Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum For More Information (contact info): Mary Beth Bennis, 435-789-3799
Sponsors/Organizations: Utah State Parks Admission Cost: Regular Admission Fees Event Description: Take a behind-the-scens peek into the archaeology collection that is currently not on display.
Utah Archaeology Convention Date & Time: June 16 and 17, 2017 Location: Uintah Conference Center (313 East 200 South) in Vernal, Utah For More Information (contact info): Visit utaharchaeology.org for more information and to get a registration packet.
Sponsors/Organizations: Uintah Basin Chapter of the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society Admission Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for youth Event Description: The 2017 Utah Archaeology Convention will host tours to rock art in the Vernal area as well as multiple presentations on the archaeology and history of the Uinta Basin. You can find a flyer here: 2017UtahArchaeologyConventionFlyer.
Near Saratoga Springs
Smith Family Preserve Community Service Project Date & Time: Saturday, May 6 at 9am. Location: Smith Preserve (Due to the cultural resources contained on the preserve, directions to the preserve will be provided upon contacting the Lead Steward, Randy Griffin to sign up as a participation. The general location is within a 20 to 30 minute drive from the center of Saratoga Springs, UT.) For More Information (contact info): Contact Randy Griffin, Lead Steward, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 385-237-6978.
Sponsors/Organizations: The Archaeological Conservancy Admission Cost: Free Event Description: The 200 acre Smith Family Archaeological Preserve is owned by the Archaeological Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition and subsequent preservation of property containing significant historical or cultural resources. The Conservancy has acquired over 500 properties nationwide for this purpose, with the Smith Preserve being one of the first three properties owned by the Conservancy in the state of Utah. The Smith Preserve contains over 200 panels of Native American rock art in near pristine conditions. The Smith Preserve is undergoing some minor infrastructure development to accommodate public tours of the preserve, under controlled conditions, by June of 2018.The community service project consists of helping construct 60 feet of a buck and pole fence to delineate one of two parking areas being developed on the preserve. The Conservancy will be providing all the materials, tools, and some volunteer help to construct the fence. The Conservancy wants to invite the public to assist with this project on May 6, 2017. The project start time is 9 a.m. Due to certain limitations and liabilities, the Conservancy will have to limit the public’s participation to the first 20 individuals who sign up. Participation by person(s) under the age of 16 is not possible at this time. To sign up, contact Randy Griffin, the Lead Steward for the preserve, via e-mail at email@example.com by May 1, 2017.The first twenty individuals who sign up will then be provided the information necessary to participate in this event including directions to the preserve and what to bring. After the event, Mr. Griffin will be leading a tour of the preserve for those who participated in the project and are interested in doing so. The project is expected to take at least 1 hour and the tour to take at least 2 hours.
Vineyard Heritage Day Date & Time: May 13, 10am to 4pm Location: Rulon Gammon City Park and Pavilion 240 East Gammon Rd., Vineyard,Utah 84058 For More Information (contact info): Tim Blackburn (801) 607-2426
Sponsors/Organizations: Vineyard City and the Vineyard Heritage Commission Admission Cost: Free Event Description: This is the 1st such event for the City of Vineyard where the heritage and history of Vineyard will be commemorated. There will be flag raising, elementary school singing groups, petting zoos, pioneer children games, pioneer story telling, ice cream social, Food trucks, Local police/fire groups, etc.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures Block Party Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 12pm-4pm Location: Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) For More Information (contact info): MPC, 801-422-0020
Sponsors/Organizations: Brigham Young University Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Archeology is like a puzzle, but you can’t cheat and look at the box and not all the pieces are there! Come discover the ways BYU archeologists are studying ancient cultures around the state and around the world. Hands-on activities and refreshments included. .
Huber Grove Historical Tours Date & Time: Saturday, May 27, 1pm Location: Huber Grove at Wasatch Mountain State Park For More Information (contact info): firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors/Organizations: Wasatch Mountain State Park Admission Cost: Day use fee of $7/car up to 8 people or $4 for seniors (62 and over) Event Description: Jon us for a historical tour of the Huber Family Farmhouse, creamery, and apple orchard.
Cosmopolitan Events: Folklore of Silver Reef Date & Time: Saturday May 27, 10am Location: Cosmopolitan Building at Silver Reef For More Information (contact info): Call 435-879-2254, or silverreefutah.org Sponsors/Organizations: Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum Admission Cost: $4.00/person Event Description: The brief 19th century Silver Reef mining boom comes to life in the enduring stories of the colorful lore and legends it engendered.
Ancient People’s and Petroglyphs of the Santa Clara River Date & Time: Friday, May 5, 5pm. Location: Santa Clara Branch of the Washington County Library For More Information (contact info): Susannah Nilsson, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Dixie Archaeology Society, Santa Clara Historical Society, Bureau of Land Management Admission Cost: Free Event Description: John Mangels, former President of the Dixie Archaeology Society will talk about petroglyphs found in the Santa Clara River Reserve along the Anasazi Ridge Trail.
Respect & Protect Guided Hikes at Land Hill Date & Time: Saturdays May 6, 13, 20, 27; 9am and 10am each day Location: Anasazi Trailhead, Santa Clara River Reserve, Santa Clara, Utah For More Information (contact info): Susan Crook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-773-7920 Sponsors/Organizations: BLM St. George Field Office, Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends (SUNCLF) Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Petroglyph Patrol teams will lead groups of up 10 people on guided hikes of the Land Hill Heritage Site. The hikes will begin with a trailhead talk about the cultural history of the site and tips visiting in a safe, respectful manner. The Petroglyph Patrol teams will lead the groups to the interpretive panels at the excavated farming site and on to the interpretive panel near the petroglyphs. Group members will then be allowed to explore on their own. The guides will patrol the site while the group explores to answer questions
Artifact or Trash Guided Hike Date & Time: Friday, May 12, 8am Location: Rusty Cliffs Trail (Meet at Chuckwalla Trailhead) For More Information (contact info): LSusan Crook, email@example.com, 435-773-7920. Go to Conserve Southwest Utah Facebook Events or the SUNCLF Meetup page for details. Sponsors/Organizations: BLM St. George Field Office, Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends (SUNCLF) Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Field session led by Historical Landscape Architect Susan Crook about the significance and integrity of potentially historic resources. Is this trail a study in historic preservation or garbology? Garbology is the study of modern refuse and trash. As an academic discipline, it was pioneered at the University of Arizona and long directed by William Rathje.
SUNCLF Speaker Series: Artifact or Trash Date & Time: Thursday May 11, at 7pm Location: Washington City Library For More Information (contact info): Susan Crook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-773-7920. Go to Conserve Southwest Utah Facebook Events or the SUNCLF Meetup page for details. Sponsors/Organizations: BLM St. George Field Office, Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends (SUNCLF) Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Historical Landscape Architect Susan Crook will explain the implications of the 50-year threshold for what is considered “historic.” How do qualified professionals determine the significance and integrity of potentially historic resources that may appear to be merely trash.
Red Cliffs Recreation Area
Orson Adams Self-Guided Open House Date & Time: Thursday through Monday, entire month of May Location: From St. George, take I-15 north to Exit 22 (Leeds/Silver Reef). At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 91. Travel south 2 miles and turn right. Continue under two freeway tunnels (tunnels restrict vehicle size to less than 12 feet in height and width) and turn left. Follow the road around that the Adams House will be on the right. For More Information (contact info): Lori Hunsaker, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Bureau of Land Management Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Orson Adams Self-Guided Open House.
Pleasant Creek Hike, Capitol Reef National Park Date & Time: Saturdays May 13 and 27 at 10am Location: Pleasant Creek in Capitol Reef National Park For More Information (contact info): Julie Howard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-425-4144 Sponsors/Organizations: Capitol Reef National Park Admission Cost: Free with paid park admission Event Description: Guided hike for up to twelve people on May 13 and May 27. Archaeologist Julie Howard will lead this tour, focused on preservation, archaeology and conservation treatment. Participants are asked to register by emailing email@example.com with names and contact info.
Ogden Heritage Festival Date & Time: Saturday, May 13, 2016, 10am to 5pm Location: Ogden’s Union Station (2501 Wall Ave. Ogden, UT 84401) For More Information (contact info): Holly Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org; 801-393-9886)www.theunionstation.org Sponsors/Organizers: Union Station Foundation and Museums Admission Cost: Free Event Description: : Join Ogden’s Union Station in recognizing and celebrating Weber County’s heritage, culture, and contributions. Connections, Community, and Culture 2017 Heritage Festival is a FREE event is open to the public and will include live entertainment, food, and a variety of educational activities and lectures for people of all ages. Union Station will feature its newest educational program, We Dig History where visitors can learn about archaeology and be an archaeologist for a day by doing a mock excavation. Visitor will be able to learn about artifacts and the different time periods and cultural groups that used the Union Station.
Ogden City Landmarks/Weber County Heritage Foundation Event Date & Time: May 18, 5pm Location: Eccles Community Art Center For More Information (contact info): Greg Montgomery, email@example.com Sponsors/Organizations: Ogden City Landmarks/Weber County Heritage Foundation Admission Cost: Free Event Description: Details will be provided as this event approaches, but will include a presentation and results of the annual scavenger hunt. No RSVP needed.
Note: This year’s contest is officially closed and we’ve selected a winner! We’ll post the winning artwork soon!
Utah Archaeology Week celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and cultural resources with a week of lectures and hands-on learning. This is your chance to not only help us promote Archaeology Week, but to win prizes and have your own artwork immortalized.
Who can participate? All residents of Utah! It doesn’t matter what age you are, we want your entries!
I don’t draw. That’s okay! Entrants may choose any material, design, or medium to create an original depiction of Utah archaeology. Just remember to incorporate this year’s theme into your work. Whether it’s prehistoric or historic archaeological technologies, we want to see your creativity shine!
What do I get if I win? Winners of the poster contest receive:
Grand Contest Winner – $250; this poster will also be professionally printed, distributed nationwide, and hung at the Rio Grande Depot
Adult Contest Winner – $100
Secondary School Contest Winner – $100
Elementary School Contest Winner – $100
I need inspiration. No problem! Check out our past winners to get some inspiration to help you on your way!