What makes this area so attractive?
Learn the history of southern Utah and those who carved out
the beginning of this little bit of heaven.
The McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum (DUP) is the home to hundreds of photos, relics, and histories of early settlers in southern Utah. Tours are available as well as unique events. Museum Board of Directors has been given the prestigious DAR Historic Preservation Recognition award for the continuing efforts in making improvements to the Museum to encourage visitors to come to learn about the history of the early settlers and the area.Learn More
The Dixie Encampment Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers honors and preserves our pioneering forefathers in St. George and Washington City, Utah.Learn More
Where history resonates and creativity soars. Sponsor of annual Arts to Zion Art Studio Tour. Supporter of Silver Reef MuseumLearn More
Members from various communities in Washington County, Utah, come together to promote the history of the towns and cities of this area.Learn More
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - meet at the St. George Art Museum just prior to 10 AM to begin journey to meet historic characters and buildings in downtown St. George. An air-conditioned shuttle bus will take you from one location to another. Each tour is approximately 2 hours long with a tour guide sharing tidbits of history with you. This is a wonderful way to share this history with family and friends - especially those visiting from out-of-the area. Minimal cost.Read More
The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang return to delight us with their 15-minutes re-enactment of a wild west shootout. A 2nd performance will be at 11:00 AMRead More
The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang love to do this re-enactment of a "wild west shootout." Two performances - 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM. In between, a lecture by Teresa Orton on Erastus Snow and his 5 Wives will be given in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum Meeting Room. Shootout and lecture are free to everyone. If you miss the shootout, the group will be returning each month on the 3rd Saturday. Times will vary, so watch closely for future announcements.Read More
Meet at the Pioneer Courthouse at 9 AM (97 E. St. George Blvd). . . . . We will caravan, arriving outside of the Fort Harmony Library (34 South 2900) at 10:00 AM. Questions: . . . call Dick Kohler (702) 445-3650 Mike Harless will be the Tour Guide, with support from Brent Prince. We will return about 2:00 PM. Bring a lunch with you.Read More
Come learn more about the history of the little town of Enterprise, known for hosting an annual Cornfest where the town and neighboring communities celebrate the harvest of local farmers in late August. Cornfest has been a tradition in Enterprise since 1990. The small town boasts of its freshly grown corn available at the festival and along Main Street. There is also a vintage car show, live entertainment and dancing, festival food, a variety of booths to shop at, and more. You will be driving your vehicles as the group visits various historic sites. No cost.Read More
Glenn Rawson is a radio and television personality known for being the voice of the inspirational stories on the Sounds of Sunday program and for being the writer, producer, and host of KJZZ Television's The Joseph Smith Papers and KSL Television's History of the Saints TV series. Rawson was born in Idaho. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 18 and later served as a Mormon missionary in Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in wildlife and range management at Brigham Young University and later received a master's degree in educational administration from Idaho State University. For several years Rawson was a full-time seminary and institute teacher. He was also a frequent speaker at various Especially For Youth sessions. A collection of inspirational stories by Rawson entitled In the Midst of Thee has also been published. Rawson is currently working on a Ph.D. in political science and constitutional law.Read More
Wooden Tantrum is an award-winning Celtic band, featuring Bret Sevy on Boldrum, Britain Sevy on Guitar and Tara Tishner world class Celtic and classical violinist. Come and enjoy best in state Irish traditional melodies and foot stomping jigs March 22 as we continue the concert series at the Old Historic Pioneer Courthouse 97 E. St. George Blvd. Parking available. No admission.Read More
In conjunction with the Juanita Brooks unveiling, a new play will be show cased at the Pioneer Courthouse. Entitled "Hard Truths, " this story by Debora Threedy weaves together the story of two women whose lives are indelibly altered by attempts to erase the events of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. One woman is based on the true story of Juanita Brooks and her 15-year struggle to research then bring to light the death of 120 emigrants in 1857. The other woman is fictional and based on a child who survived the massacre, read by a cast of local actors and free of charge, this event will tally the cost of attempting to erase and then refusing to face the past.Read More
Wendy Spooner will discuss why the arts are important to humanity. Wendy is a Genetic Genealogist by day, a writer by night, and an artist in between. She has recently become a member of the City of St. George Arts Commission. Come enjoy her enthusiastic and energetic personality as she describes the most influential works of paintings, sculpture, music, literature, and drama, including local St. George settlers' artwork.Read More
Meet at the Pioneer Courthouse to caravan to Springdale to arrive at 11:00. The group will meet for orientation. Some of the activities will include 1) 5 min. Walk to the Bishops Granary 2) 15 min. Drive to Pioneer Cemetery and walk to the site. 3) 5 min. Drive through Towns current Cemetery. 4) 5 min. Drive to Historic Jail. 5.) 5 Min. Drive to the Museum Construction site. 6) 5 Min. Drive past Ditch water system interpretive site. 7) 5 min. Drive to Under the Eaves NRHP monument 5 min. Tour. Field trip should last 1 1/2 hours. Those who wish to drive into Zion NP can continue their self-tour at that time. Rich Levin will be leading the tour in Springdale.Read More
If you love history and want to help preserve the history of our beautiful area, come find out what volunteer opportunities are available at the Pioneer Courthouse and with other historical groups - Washington County Historical Society, Sons of Utah Pioneers, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and Arts to Zion (Silver Reef).Read More
Former Mayor, Dan McArthur will share his experiences as a life-long resident of St. George, and long-term Mayor. Dan is a direct descendant of Daniel Duncan McArthur, one of the founding fathers of St. George. There is a new display at the Pioneer Courthouse for visitors to learn a little more about what it took to establish our community.Read More
To history buffs of all ages! Celebrate the holiday season with Washington County Historical Society. RSVP for one of four free and fun guided walking tours of historic downtown St. George on Wednesday, December 15. Click on READ MORE to use QR Code and sign-up. All tours start at the Pioneer Courthouse, 97 East St. George Boulevard. Watch the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Enjoy light refreshments at the Pioneer Courthouse after your tour. Group size limited to 15. Face masks recommended. Questions? Call 435-632-1215Read More
Mark your calendar. Plan to take a field trip to Springdale. Participants will enjoy a historical site route created by Rich Levin, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for Springdale. The Event will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 23 at the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George, and then the group will caravan to Springdale in their own vehicles. Signup https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5A928A5FC1-springdaleRead More
The Muddy River Gang Returns. Come to the Pioneer Courthouse at 10:00 AM or 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Watch this short re-enactment and then plan to attend the special event at the Pioneer Museum and hear Colin Smith share his talent in woodworking which will begin immediately after the “Shootout.”Read More
Pioneer Corner Lecture Series, How the LDS Tabernacle Made St George a Regional Capital, presented by Doug Alder To attend in-person, sign-in https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5A928A5FC1-lecture or Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86979850186?pwd=NEhHK3ZaTzlWMWRTS1Q5VXczcU5hQT09Read More
Historic Walking Tour along St George Boulevard and 100 West to see highlights such as the Gardener's Club, Augustus Hardy House, The Old Jail House, Emma Parker Morris house, Dr. Pike home, Brigham Young home, Adolphus and Mary Whitehead home, Edwin and Mary Woolley home, Israel and Anna Ivins home for more info see: https://static.s123-cdn.com/uploads/3225498/normal_5fff55433895f.pdfRead More
For a little over four years, sisters singing duo Kaitlin Sevy and Marissa Sevy Thompson have blended their voices performing an eclectic set of songs about heartache, vices, and finding your way despite adversity. “Bow with the Sin”, their 2018 debut album, ranges from alt-country to indie/folk inspired by artists such as Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kid, Hank Williams and Julia Jacklin. After touring in the Pacific Northwest, Kaitlin and Marissa continue writing songs for an upcoming new EP, but for now are excited to perform for a live audience again!Read More
Early explorers to the area were Catholic Priests. In 1776, Father Dominguez and Father Escalante traversed this wild country in their pursuit of a trail to reach the Pacific Ocean. The Domínguez–Escalante expedition was a Spanish journey of exploration conducted in 1776 by two Franciscan priests, Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, to find an overland route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to their Roman Catholic mission in Monterey, on the coast of modern day central California. Domínguez, Vélez de Escalante, and Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco, acting as the expedition's cartographer, traveled with ten men from Santa Fe through many unexplored portions of the American West, including present-day western Colorado, Utah, and northern Arizona. Along part of the journey, they were aided by three indigenous guides of the Timpanogos tribe (Ute people). The land was harsh and unforgiving, and hardships encountered during travel forced the group to return to Santa Fe before reaching Las Californias. Maps and documentation produced by the expedition aided future travelers. The Domínguez–Escalante route eventually became an early template for the Old Spanish Trail, a trade route from Santa Fe to Pacific Coast settlements."
Several explorers came after the Escalante and Dominguez expedition, such as Jedediah Smith, John Fremont, and Jim Bridger, to name a few. Each added to the body of knowledge needed to face the challenges in the mountains of the West. Much information was passed on to Brigham Young as he prepared the exodus from the United States to the Great Salt Lake Valley.