Archaeology & Preservation Month May 2019 Events Guide
Statewide One of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad – happened in Utah on May 10, 1869. Spike 150 is organized to partner with all those celebrating the 150year anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony in Utah. Through a series of activities and events, the Spike 150 initiative aims to inspire, educate, and reflect on the Transcontinental Railroad legacy as it unifies Utahns to see
Visit Spike 150 Website for more information: https://spike150.org/
Box Elder County Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Hoedown
When: May 3, 6pm-9pm Where: Box Elder County Fairgrounds, 320 North 1000 West, Tremonton Contact: https://members.boxelderchamber.com/events/details/golden-spikesesquicentennial-hoedown-1388 Sponsors: Box Elder County Admission: Free Event Description: Come celebrate the opening ceremonies of the Sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at a good, old fashioned hoedown with live music and great food! Enjoy an authentic hoedown. Live music from a Box Elder County favorite, Rough Stock, a soda bar, and plenty of local treats make for big fun!
Cache County Memorial Day Open House
When: May 27, 9am to 12pm Where: Hyrum City Museum, 50 West Main Street Hyrum, Utah 84319 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, hyrumcitymuseum.org, 435-245-0208, www.facebook.com/hyrumcitymuseum Sponsors: Hyrum City Museum Admission: Free Event Description: Memories tie us to the past and prepare us for the future. Join us at our annual Memorial Day Open House at the Hyrum City Museum to experience how remembering the past connects us all together. Whether you are interested in learning about lost loved ones, the history of the railroad, or even livestock branding, we will have special exhibits and resources available during this event. Take some time this Memorial Day Weekend to come and remember with us!
Carbon County Family Day at the Prehistoric Museum
When: May 11, 10am to 5pm Where: The Prehistoric Museum @ Utah State University Eastern, 155 E. Main St. Contact: Shai Reiswig, 435-613-5755 Sponsors: Prehistoric Museum, Castle Valley Archaeological Society, Manti-LaSal National Forest Admission: Free 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. The Waffle Love food truck will be in the parking lot during lunchtime.
Standing on the Walls of Time: Ancient Art of Utah’s Cliffs and Canyons
When: May 11, 3pm Where: The Prehistoric Museum @ Utah State University Eastern, 155 E. Main St. Contact: Shai Reiswig, 435-613-5755 Sponsors: Prehistoric Museum Admission: Free Event Description: Author Kevin T. Jones and photographer Layne Miller discuss their new book, Standing on the Walls of Time. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the museum giftshop. In western culture, rock art has traditionally been viewed as “primitive” and properly belonging in the purview of anthropologists rather than art scholars and critics. This volume, featuring previously unpublished photographs of Utah’s magnificent rock art by long-time rock art researcher Layne Miller and essays by former Utah state archaeologist Kevin Jones, views rock art through a different lens.
Carbon County Spike 150 Celebration
When: May 10, 11am to 7pm Where: Western Mining and Railroad Museum, 294 S. Main St. Helper Contact: 435-472-3009, email@example.com Sponsors: Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Spike150 Admission: Free Event Description: Come celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad with us. There will be new railroad exhibits, food vendors, fun, live music, and a live broadcast of the Promontory re-enactment at approximately noon.
Nine Mile Canyon Celebration: The Excavation at Cottonwood Village
When: May 18, 3pm Where: The Prehistoric Museum @ Utah State University Eastern, 155 E. Main St. Contact: Shai Reiswig, 435-613-5755 Sponsors: The Prehistoric Museum, BLM-Price Field Office, Arizona State University, Montgomery Archaeological Consultants, the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance and the Castle Valley Archaeological Society Admission: Free Event Description: Event Description: Please join the Prehistoric Museum, BLM-Price Field Office, Arizona State University, Montgomery Archaeological Consultants, the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance and the Castle Valley Archaeological Society for a community celebration of Nine Mile Canyon. As part of ongoing interpretation efforts in the canyon, these partner organizations have been excavating a Fremont structure at the Cottonwood Village Complex with the help of high school student groups and other volunteers. Come learn about what they have discovered, hear about plans for the upcoming field season next fall, and ask about how you or your organization can be involved in this exciting project!
Davis County Historic Preservation Junior Ranger
When: All Month Where: Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Utah State Parks, Antelope State Park Admission: $10/vehicle to enter park Event Description: To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, Fielding Garr Ranch will have a special Junior Ranger self-guide. Only available this month. Why is Fielding Garr Ranch worth preserving? Take on the role of a historian to analyze maps, look at pictures, read peopleâ€™s mail, and inspect buildings close-up to find out for yourself! Due to the number of people at the ranch for Cowboy Legends, this will not be available May 24-26. Only a limited number of guides will be printed. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Emery County Museum of the San Rafael Free Family Day
When: May 4, 10am to 2pm Where: Museum of the San Rafael, 70 North 100 East, Castle Dale Contact: For more information call the museum at (435) 381-3560 Sponsors: Museum of the San Rafael, Emery County Admission: Free Event Description: The Museum of the San Rafael is pleased to announce its Free Family Day! The Museum of the San Rafael will be holding a Free Family Day where the whole family can come and join in educational and fun activities. Bring the whole family for fun and educational activities. Admission for attendance and participation is free. We will have food available for purchase: Hot Dogs, Chips, and a Drink meal $2.00
How Not to Do Aerial Archaeology in Southeastern Utah
When: Thursday, May 23 at 6pm Where: Moab Information Center, 25 East Center St. Contact: The Moab Information Center at 435-259-8825 Sponsors: Moab Information Center Admission: Free Event Description: Aerial archaeology is almost as old as human flight itself. While it is a very viable archaeological method in Europe and the Middle East, it is under-utilized in the United States despite the amenability to vast portions of the desert west. Early forays by Charles Lindbergh and others into aerial archaeology in the American SW proved popular with the public, but the methods and procedures, with a few important exceptions, never caught on with the archaeologists in the region. In this presentation, weâ€™ll examine the history and application of aerial archaeology in the SW and explore recent my misadventures in learning the ropes of aerial archaeology and attempting to apply it in southeastern Utah.
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Activities in the Moab Area & the Dalton Wells Isolation Center
When: Thursday, May 30 at 6pm Where: Moab Information Center, 25 East Center St. Contact: The Moab Information Center at 435-259-8825 Sponsors: The Bureau of Land Management, and Moab Information Center Admission: Free Event Description: Description: This lecture is part of the Moab Information Centerâ€™s free lecture series and will present information on the CCC, the four main CCC camps that were established in Grand County, the projects they completed, and will briefly discuss Japanese imprisonment, and the Dalton Wells CCC camp that was used as a Japanese isolation center.
Iron County Archaeology Day
When: May 4, 2019, 10am to 2pm Where: Frontier Homestead State Park, 635 N. Main Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Sponsors: Frontier Homestead State Park, Project Archaeology, Bureau of Land Management, Southern Utah University-College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Intersearch, Transcon Environmental Admission: $2 per person or $5 per family Event Description: Archeology Day is the kick-off for a series of activities throughout May to celebrate Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in activities involving Native American games, history, traditional crafts and skills, and visit with a variety of demonstrators.
Kane County The Anthropology of Paleontology: A Quick Look at Native American Depictions of the Fossil Record in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region and Beyond
When: May 29, 2019, 7pm Where: Kanab Public Library, 374 N. Main Contact: Ralph Burrillo, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners Admission: Free Event Description: Archaeologist Ralph Burrillo will present on how Native Americans viewed and interpreted the paleontological remains of the National Monument.
Salt Lake County State History Brown Bag Series
When: Wednesdays in May, 12-1pm. Where: State Archives Auditorium, 350 S. Rio Grande St. Contact: email@example.com Sponsor: Utah Division of State History, University of Utah, United States Forest Service Admission: Free Event Description: State History will host a series of brown bags highlighting a diverse group of presenters: May 1: “Dead Pelicans - historical archaeology of the remote Gunnison Island” Arie Leeflang, Archaeological Records Manager, Utah Division of State History May 15: “Quirky Creations: Gilgal and Other Outsider Art Installations” Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Utah Division of State History May 22: “West: A Poem of the Transcontinental Railroad” Paisley Rekdal, State Poet Laureate, University of Utah May 29: “The Other Ranger: Early Roles of Women in National Forest Management” Richa Wilson, Regional Heritage Program Coordinator, United States Forest Service
Salt Lake County Archaeological Artifact Illustration Workshop
When: May 18, 9am to 4pm Where: Meldrum Science Center, Westminster College Contact: Shawn Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Utah Division of State History, Westminster College Admission: $15/person (includes supplies and lunch) Event Description: Illustrations offer researchers another medium in which to convey important aspects of an artifact that photographs cannot capture. In this workshop, you will learn that the value of drawing, as an interpretive tool can portray ideas that photographs or other media cannot. The act of drawing also unveils new perspectives of artifacts that can benefit interpretations of past lifeways. This course will introduce you to the major facets of artifact illustration, but there is not enough time in a single day to cover all the details of and variables. Click Here to Sign Up or copy/paste this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artifact-illustration-upan-archaeology-andpreservation-month-workshop-series-tickets-60093184332
Salt Lake County The Civil Army in Salt Lake City: A Behind the Scenes Look at Archaeological Collections from the Fort Douglas Potter Street Excavation When: May 16, 5pm-7pm Where: SWCA Archaeology Lab 257 E 200 S #200 (Second Floor Suite), SLC, 84111 Contact: Kelly.email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc. Admission: Free Event Description: Come interact with local archaeology and learn about the importance of behind-the-scenes archaeology taking place every day at SWCA! Please join SWCA Environmental Consultants for an open-house inspired tour of the Archaeological Collections from the Fort Douglas Potter Street Excavations. SWCA archaeologists will be sharing their favorite special finds and mundane objects from the excavations at Potter Street at Fort Douglas, a military fort established in Utah in 1862. The event is from 5:00-7:00 pm in the SWCA Archaeology Lab on May 16, 2019. The Archaeology Lab is located on the second floor of 257 East 200 South, in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. For more event information or to request special assistance, please reach out to email@example.com
Salt Lake County Murray City Museum Tours When: Monday/Wednesday (9am to 5pm), Tuesday/Thursday/Friday (9am to 1pm) Where: Murray City Museum, 5025 South State Street, Murray Contact: 801-264-2589, https://www.murray.utah.gov/294/Tour-Requests Sponsors: Murray City Cultural Arts Admission: Free Event Description: The Murray Museum is located in the Southeast end of Murray City Hall and offers self-guided and guided tours for individuals and groups. Smaller groups are encouraged to make an appointment at least a day in advance so the staff is properly prepared. Special appointments may be made for other possible times by contacting the museum. Museum Tours for Schools consists of a museum tour and a city hall tour, including city council chambers and the Mayor’s office, if the Mayor’s schedule allows. School tours are best scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursday. Wednesdays may be scheduled is necessary, but the “city hall” component of the tour may be eliminated due to conflicts with space. Wednesday tours cannot accommodate more than 2 classrooms. We are a small museum! Large non-school groups may be divided up into 2 groups of no more than 20 participants each, due to our space restrictions within the exhibits. *School and Non-School Tour Request Forms available on the Museum Webpage.
San Juan County Archaeology Day When: May 4, 10am to 4pm Where: Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 660W 400N, Blanding Contact: 435-678-2238 Sponsors: Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum Admission: Free! Event Description: Flintknapping by Greg Nunn (Moab), weaving by Chris Lewis (Zuni), pottery making by John Olsen, and other crafts and skills demonstrations throughout the day. There will be a lecture by Richard Friedman at 2 pm titled "Using Computer Technology to Aid in the Identification, Documentation, and Visualization of the Chacoan Landscape (Built Environment)." Friedman's presentation imagery is simply stunning!
Sanpete County Spring City Heritage Day Celebration
When: May 25, 8am to 4pm Where: Spring City Main Street For More Information: https://friendsofhistoricspringcity.org/heritage-day/ Sponsors: Friends of Historic Spring City Admission: $10/adults $5/children at Old School or Main Street Firehouse Event Description: The Friends of Historic Spring City are pleased to announce our annual Spring City Heritage Day, on Saturday, May 25, 2019. This event includes a tour of many of the townâ€™s charming, mid-19th Century pioneer homes and buildings, including the Old Spring City School, which was restored and completed May of 2017. Other events include breakfast, craft sale, childrenâ€™s crafts, historic home tours, art show, and a mini-concert. 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. The Friends currently are raising $100,000 to match a grant that will pay off the Community Impact Board (CIB) loan.
Sevier County Mountain Man Rendezvous
When: May 17-18 (9am to 6pm) Where: Fremont Indian State Park For More Information: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/fremont-indian/events/ Sponsors: Utah Division of State Parks Admission: $8/person Event Description: Step back in time to the era of Fur traders. Walk through Trader’s Row to look at historic reproduction for sale, watch the candy cannon and throw a hatchet or iron skillet. Put on by the San Rafael Trapping Party. For more info visit their website: https://sanrafaeltrappingparty.weebly.com/ Atlatl Competition: borrow atlatl and spear from the museum and try your hand at a 3D animal target course, 10am-2pm.
When: May 25 (10am to 2pm) Where: Fremont Indian State Park For More Information: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/fremont-indian/events/ Sponsors: Utah Division of State Parks Admission: $8/vehicle Event Description: Dig deeper in the Study of Archaeology. Join us for a mini “dig” experience, archaeology crafts and activities and a talk with a real archaeologist. Also join in for a Movie in the Park at 9pm
Summit County “My Mule Enjoyed the Joke:” A.J. Russell’s Western Adventures, 18681869
When: May 1, 5-6pm Where: Park City Museum Education and Collections Center, 2079 Sidewinder Drive, Park City Contact: Diane Knispel, Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 435649-7457 ext. 102 Sponsors: Park City Museum Admission: Free Event Description: Andrew J. Russell took nearly 1,000 photographs of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1868 and 1869. Today his photographs are analyzed as art, as historical evidence, and as cultural objects. But who was he as a person? Daniel Davis, author of Across the Continent: the Union Pacific Photographs of Andrew J. Russell, (co-published by University of Utah Press and Utah State Historical Society, 2018,) will discuss Russell’s background and personality and how that influenced the photographs he made. Davis will examine Russell’s images as well as contemporary sources and explain how he came to the conclusion that Russell was, “an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary events. Taken as a whole, the photographs show that Russell did not want viewers to forget who built the Union Pacific. His images celebrate working people – masons working on bridge foundations, freighters and their wagons, surveyors with their transits, engine crews posed on their engines, as well as tracklayers, laborers, cooks, machinists, carpenters, graders, teamsters, and clerks pushing paper.
Summit County Showcasing the Legacy of the Lagoon Lecture by Lynn Arave
When: May 16, 5-6pm Where: Park City Museum Education and Collections Center, 2079 Sidewinder Drive, Park City Contact: Diane Knispel, Director of Education, email@example.com or 435649-7457 ext. 102 Sponsors: Park City Museum Admission: Free Event Description: Only 7 amusement parks in the United States have older histories than Lagoon – and they are all east of the Mississippi. However, “Lagoon” wasn’t its original name and the park has moved locations once. From big band to opera to horse and auto racing to bowling and wrestling to high diving, Lagoon has hosted a variety of events over the decades -- besides its many thrill rides. This lecture will highlight what you probably don’t know about Lagoon’s extensive history. Lynn Arave graduated from Weber State University. He worked as a reporter/editor for the Deseret News for 32 years. He has written 5 books and has a popular blog, “The Mystery of Utah History,” often utilized often by fourth and seventh grade Utah history classes. This lecture coincides with Park City Museum’s traveling exhibition called Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland which will be on display from April 6, 2019 to May 25, 2019. Adapted from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s flagship exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008, this new traveling exhibition from NEH on the Road will explore America’s playground as a place and as an idea, examining its persistent presence in the American imagination.
Tooele County Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area Tours: Tours of Danger Cave and Jukebox Cave When: May, 11, 18, 25: Each tour includes trips to both caves and lasts between 3.5 and 5 hours. Where: Danger Cave State Park Heritage Areas Contact: www.metcalfdangercavetours.com or call 801-243-1306 To register for a tour, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with DANGER CAVE TOUR in the subject line. Details will then be sent concerning the meeting place and tour times. Sponsors: Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation Admission: Adults (16 and older) $18.00. Children (8-15) $12.00. Children under 8 are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fees will be collected at the tour meeting location (CREDIT and / or DEBIT CARDS). Event Description: Danger Cave is an iconic archaeological site in the Eastern Great Basin. Evidence of human use of the site goes back 12,000 years and archaeological excavation in the 1940s, 1980s and 1990s revealed detailed aspects of human adaptation to the Great Basin environment. Jukebox Cave is also a large cave with archaeological deposits going back at least 8000 years.
Utah County Lake Mountain Rock Art Tours
When: May 11, 10am to 2pm Where: SR-68, between MP 18-19, coming from Saratoga Springs. Meet at BLM Kiosk For location follow link: https://goo.gl/maps/xvJ5moeHDLc96SXU9 Contact: Sponsors: Utah Rock Art Research Association, Bureau of Land Management, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Admission: Free Event Description: Join Steve Acerson, former President of the Utah Rock Art Research Association on a guided tour of prehistoric rock art on Lake Mountain. This area was subject of a long-running effort to protect the rock art from damage due to target shooting in the area. With the efforts of BLM, SITLA, and other partners the area is now closed to target shooting in order to preserve these important pieces of the areaâ€™s cultural history. Visitors should register using the above link. Participants should expect a short hike on uneven terrain, with variable weather conditions.
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Wasatch County Tree-ring Dating and Archaeology
When: May 25, 10am to 2pm Where: Wasatch State Park Visitor Center, 1281 Warm Springs Rd., Midway Contact: Wasatch State Park, Kathy Donnell, Park Ranger/Naturalist, 435-654-1791 Sponsors: Wasatch State Park, Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation and the Utah Division of State History Admission: Day use fee of $7/car up to 8 people or $4/car for 62 year olds and over up to 8 people Event Description: Join archaeologist Elizabeth Hora from Utah's Division of State History as she explores the past of Wasatch Mountain State Park through tree-ring dating! This all-ages, family friendly event combines outdoor education, natural history, and human history in scenic Midway. Come learn how archaeologists and other scientists learn about the past by examining trees and experience scientific fieldwork hands-on! No RSVP necessary and you can drop in at any time. We'll see you at the Park!
Washington County Leeds Sesquicentennial Celebration
When: May 18, 7am to 10pm Where: Leeds Contact: Leeds Town Hall 435.879.2447 or email email@example.com Sponsors: Town of Leeds Admission: Free Event Description: 7 am-Fun Run/ 8am-Breakfast at the Peach Pit Pavilion/ 10 amParade on Babylon Mill Rd/ Noon-5 pm-Horse events, food trucks, DJ music, Town Historic tours of Leeds, CCC Camp and Silver Reef, Western Dancing, Root Beer Floats, Candy Canon, Games, etc./6pm-Dinner at Peach Pit Pavilion/ 10pm-Fireworks
The Silver Reef Utah and Pioche Nevada Connection
When: May 25, 10am to 12pm Where: Leeds Town Hall, 218 N. Main St. Leeds Contact: Silver Reef Museum, 425.879.2254, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Silver Reef Museum / Ghost Town 1903 Wells Fargo Rd Leeds Admission: $4. ea (includes museum admission) Please register online: https://tinyurl.com/SilverReef-Pioche5-25-19 Event Description: Historians Leo Schafer and Glen Zumwalt will explore the many connections between Silver Reef, UT and Pioche, NV during the mid-late 19th Century.
Washington County St. George & Santa Clara River Reserve Petroglyphs
When: May 2 at 4pm Where: Santa Clara Branch of the Public Library, 1099 Lava Flow Drive, St. George Contact: Sussannah Nilsson, email@example.com Sponsors: Dixie Archeology Club Admission: Free Event Description: A presentation for the Dixie Archeology Club by Gary Smith, who has completed research and documentation of local prehistoric petroglyph panels with solstice and equinox implications. Multi-media presentation is free and open to the public.
Tunnels and Trestles Connecting Time to Place: Chinese Culture and Experience along the Transcontinental Railroad (Utah State University Traveling Exhibit)
When: April 27 thru June 14 Where: Silver Reef Museum/Ghost Town 1903 Wells Fargo Rd., Leeds Contact: Silver Reef Museum, 425.879.2254, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Silver Reef Museum / Ghost Town 1903 Wells Fargo Rd Leeds Admission: Free with museum admission ($3. ea, $10 family of 2 adults 3 kids under 18, $2. ea for groups over 10 persons) Please register for the Grand Opening 4.27.19 https://tinyurl.com/GrandOpening-Chinese4-27-19 Event Description: This traveling exhibit will fill the Cosmopolitan and is part of Utah's 150-year celebration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and the great role that Chinese workers had in the undertaking.
Weber County Ogden’s Heritage Festival (150th Edition)
When: May 9, 10, and 11, 9am to 9pm. Where: Ogden’s Historic 25th Stree (Wall to Grant Ave.) Contact: email@example.com ; http://www.goldenspike2019.com/ Sponsors: Ogden Downtown Alliance, Golden Spike 150, Ogden Union Station Admission: Free Event Description: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, Ogden’s dynamic and vibrant community will be in the spotlight. This celebration is an opportunity to share our past, our present and our future. The Heritage Festival is an annual celebration, bu t this event will be a special anniversary edition. The Big Boy 4014 and 844 steam trains will be on full display at Union Station. The Station will be full of exhibits celebrating the influence of the trains and rail industry. The event will also expand up Historic 25th Street for three full days of historic presentations, live music, performances, vendors, community activities and more.