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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

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SPECIFIC EVENTS

For Historic St. George Live! (June-August), click here.

All Month,   5/1-31/2017
Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month
For a promotional poster, click here

Thursday through Monday,   Entire Month of May 2017,   9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orson Adams Self-Guided Open House
Self-guided tour of the Orson Adams House.
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 to the Adams House which will be on the right.
There is no admission fee.
For more information, contact Lori Hunsaker at lhunsaker@blm.gov.

Thursday,   5/25/2017,   1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Oral History Workshop
    Come learn how to prepare, conduct, and transcribe oral histories while gaining a new
    appreciation for your family and community history
Sponsored by the Dixie State University Library & History Department, Utah Humanities,
    and the Utah Division of State History.
In the Holland Centennial Building (Library), Room 325, at Dixie State University
    225 South University Avenue, St George
This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. RSVP by contacting
    Megan van Frank at Utah Humanities: vanfrank@utahhumanities.org or (801)359-9670.
For a flyer, click here.

Thursday,   5/25/2017,   7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ) Lecture
    "Three Founders of Catholicism in the Intermountain West" by Dr. Gary Topping
    Dr. Topping will introduce new findings on two little-known but influential Catholic women--
    Nora Gleason and Ellen Hayes--as well as on Lawrence Scanlan, pioneer mining camp priest
    and first bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake.
Sponsored by the Utah State Historical Society and Utah Historical Quarterly in partnership with
    Dixie State University Library Special Collections, History Department at Dixie State University,
    Washington County Historical Society, and Silver Reef Museum.
In the Holland Centennial Building (Library), Room 325, at Dixie State University
    225 South University Avenue, St George
This lecture is free and open to the public.
For a flyer, click here.

Friday,   5/26/2017,   9:00 am - all day   *** NOTE THE DATE CHANGE ***
DASIA Field Trip - Grand Gulch Mine, AZ
    This abandoned copper mine was once the richest in Arizona. At the peak of production, the site
    employed nearly 80 people. Various mining buildings can be seen, all in varying stages of
    deterioration. Most of them were constructed around the turn of the last century. The site
    included a rock bunkhouse and a rock cookhouse. Mining continued until 1918.
This trip will require high clearance vehicles with proper equipment for rough roads.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Saturday,   5/27/2017,   9:00 and 10:00 am
Respect & Protect Guided Hikes at Land Hill
    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 on 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.
Meet at the Anasazi Trailhead, Santa Clara River Reserve, Santa Clara.
Sponsors: BLM St. George Field Office, Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends (SUNCLF)
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Susan Crook at susan@conserveswu.org or call (435)773-7920.

Saturday,   5/27/2017,   10:00 am - noon
Cosmopolitan Event: Folklore to History, Intersection of Local History and Memorialization
    Presenters: Jedediah Rogers and Dr. Leo Lyman
    These prominent Utah historians are going to speak of memories as folklore, and transform them into
    reliable Utah history. A historical memorial reflects a coming to terms with a history that is
    sometimes painful. It also demonstrates contested history that goes beyond what happened and why.
It will be held at the old Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Silver Reef. The cost is $4.00 per person.
    Please call or regiser online at https://form.jotform.com/71295429233963.
For more information, click here for the flyer, contact the Museum at Museum@SilverReef.org,
    or call the Museum at (435)879-2254.

Saturday,   5/27/2017,   11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Open House Tour of the Page Ranch arranged by Lisa Michele Church,
    author of the new book, Sunlight and Shadow, The Page Ranch Story.
    See the ranch, go through the home (which is usually locked up for security), and see the historic
    barn. This is a great chance to meet relatives, talk about history, and check out the new book.
All are welcome. This is the first tour of the season - more to come later in the summer.
For a map of how to get to the Page Ranch, click here.
    If you need more information, contact Lisa Michele Church at lmhchurch@gmail.com.

Wednesday,   5/31/2017,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Wednesday,   6/14/2017,   7:00 - 8:30 pm
Dixie Archaeology Society (DAS) Meeting   (Last meeting until September)
"Incised Stones and Unsecured Localities: Authenticating Private Collections" by Tim Riley Ph.D.
    (Curator of Archaeology at the Prehistoric Museum, Utah State University Eastern in Price, UT
    - formerly the College of Eastern Utah). This talk was previously presented at the Society
    for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, April 23-27, 2014, Austin, TX.
Meet in Room 121 (Boeing Auditorium) in the Udvar-Hazy Building on the Dixie State University Campus
    (approximately 1000 East and 300 South in St. George).
    For a map of the campus, click here.
Lectures are free to the public, but you are encouraged to become a member. Dues $25 single, $30 couple.
For more information, see the DAS website, http://dixierockart.webs.com, the DAS Facebook page,
    https://www.facebook.com/DixieArchaeologySociety1, or call Chris Oravec at (435)986-8348.

Thursday,   6/22/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - Hidden Canyon, AZ
    An exceptionally scenic 4WD road through Hidden Canyon crosses the Grand Wash Cliffs. Small
    canyon cliffs appear four miles in, then become higher and higher as the road winds downstream
    along the canyon floor, repeatedly crisscrossing the normally dry streambed. Juniper and pinyon pine
    on the Shivwits Plateau in the upper canyon give way to Joshua trees in the desert country below.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Thursday,   6/22/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Paula Mitchell (Special Collections Librarian at SUU).
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Thursday,   7/20/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Sara Black will present "Homeland, Homestead, and Haven: the Changing Perspectives
    of Zion National Park 1700-1930".
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Thursday,   7/27/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - Mt. Logan, AZ
    Mt. Logan is an area of interesting volcanic activity. It includes basalt ledges, cinder cones,
    ponderosa pine forests, pinyon-juniper woodlands, and a large, colorful, naturally eroded
    amphitheater known as Hells Hole. The area provides habitat for deer, turkey, and Kaibab squirrels.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Thursday,   8/24/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - Nampaweap / Witches Pool, AZ
    One of the largest known rock art sites on the Arizona Strip is Nampaweap (Billy Goat Canyon). The site
    is 1/2 mile long and contains thousands of individual rock art elements on hundreds of boulders. On the
    flank of Mt. Trumbull, a reliable water source holds much of the human history found on this plateau.
    This pool of seemingly permanent water is referred to variously as Witch Pool or Witches' Pocket. Near
    the pool on the lava wall, a white cross has been painted onto the surface.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Thursday,   8/24/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Dr. Joseph Platt will present "Raptors in Zion Canyon".
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Wednesday,   8/30/2017,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Thursday-Saturday   9/7-9/2017
Mountain Meadows Association Annual Meeting
Details are TBD.
Will be held in Southern Utah.
For information, see http://www.mtn-meadows-assoc.com

Thursday-Saturday   9/14-16/2017
National Convention of the Sons of Utah Pioneers
Details are TBD.
Will be held in Centerville, Utah.
For information, see http://www.sup1847.com/calendar

Friday,   9/15/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Lora Tom.
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Saturday-Saturday   9/16/2017-11/4/2017
Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit: "The Way We Worked" in Silver Reef
Hosted by the the Silver Reef Museum at the Cosmopolitan (next to the Museum).
The Museum will be open for extended hours during this period and there will be
    other events that will be held in partnership with this exhibit.
For a brochure about the exhibits statewide, click here.
For a brochure about supporting the exhibit in Silver Reef, click here.

Wednesday,   9/27/2017,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Thursday,   9/28/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - House Rock Valley Ranch / Bison Herd
    This 60,000 acre wildlife area is one of only 2 sites in Arizona where one may see state-managed
    bison herds. House Rock Valley, along the eastern edge of the Kaibab Plateau, has good views into
    the Marble Canyon portion of Grand Canyon National Park.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Friday,   10/20/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Dr. Christopher Norment will present "Great Basin Habitat Islands: Mountains and Metaphor".
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Wednesday,   10/25/2017,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Thursday,   10/26/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - Big Springs, AZ
    Big Springs Administrative Center is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been used
    by homesteaders, and later the Forest Service, since the 1800's. The complex consists of an historic
    office, dining hall, shower house, group kitchen, seven residential units, and several administrative
    structures.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Thursday,   11/9/2017,   7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series
Joan Bacharach (Senior Curator of the National Park Service) will present
    "Discovering Treasured Landscape Paintings in National Park Service Collections".
At the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lyon Blvd, Springdale
For more information about the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, click here
    or contact Zion Natural History Association at (435)772-3264.

Thursday,   11/30/2017,   Time TBD
DASIA Field Trip - Jump Up Canyon, AZ
    Since the 1900s, Jumpup cabin has been used by ranchers as well as the Forest Service, and is
    listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a panoramic view of Kanab Creek Wilderness,
    the cabin sits on the edge of Jumpup canyon. From the front door you take in a wide open expanse of
    red rock descending into canyon walls below, lined with juniper, pinyon, yuccas, sage and cliffrose.
Make reservations at the Public Lands Information Center or call (435)688-3200.
For more information, click here and read the notices at the end.

Wednesday,   1/31/2018,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Wednesday,   2/28/2018,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Wednesday,   3/28/2018,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Wednesday,   4/25/2018,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Wednesday,   5/30/2018,   10:00 am - noon
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770

Thursday-Saturday   9/20-22/2018
National Convention of the Sons of Utah Pioneers
Details are TBD.
Will be held in Cedar City, Utah.

REPEATING EVENTS

First Tuesday of September, November, January, March, and May
(every odd numbered month, except summer), 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tres Trails Chapter (Washington County)
    of the Old Spanish Trail Association bi-monthly business meeting.
Downstairs at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George UT 84770
For information, contact Dr. Leo Lyman, lionman011@gmail.com

First Saturday of October, December, February, and April
(every even numbered month, except summer)
Tres Trails Chapter (Washington County)
    of the Old Spanish Trail Association bi-monthly field trip.
For information, contact Dr. Leo Lyman, lionman011@gmail.com

Second Wednesday of Each Month,   7:00 - 8:30 pm
Dixie Archaeology Society (DAS) Lecture Meeting
Meeting in Room 121 of the Udvar-Hazy Building on the Dixie State University Campus
    1000 East 300 South, St. George, UT 84770

Third Thursday of Each Month September-March,   7:00 - 8:00 pm
Washington City Historical Society Lecture Meeting
Historic Washington Relief Society House
    100 W. Telegraph St., Washington, UT 84780
This lecture is free and everyone is invited.
For information, contact Kelly Paxman at kpaxman@skyviewmail.com or (435)680-1407.

Last Wednesday of Each Month,   September - November and January - May,   10:00 - 12:00 am
Washington County Historical Society Board Meeting
Downstairs (Community Room A) at the St. George Library,
    88 West 100 South, St George

Fridays October-May,   ??/??/2015,   Noon - 1:00 pm
D/ASIA Brown Bag Program
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Interagency Visitor Center Conference Room
    345 E. Riverside Dr.
    St. George, UT 84790
Reserve free tickets at the Visitor Center or call (435)688-3200
    to reserved one of the 80 seats per session.

Last Thursday of Each Month,   7:00 pm
Fort Harmony Lecture Series
New Harmony Library