This year, summer tours are held each Friday and Saturday from June 2 and through August 31 starting at 10:00 at the St. George Art Museum. The tour takes visitors to meet 6 pioneer characters at the Art Museum, Social Hall, Opera House, Tabernacle, Pioneer Courthouse, and Brigham Young's home. This 2-hour tour takes you into buildings not always open to the public. Be sure to call ahead to make sure seats are available.
Meet at the Pioneer Courthouse at 9:00 AM and then caravan to Silver Reef. This field trip will build on the lecture and exhibit at the Silver Reef Cosmopolitan Building. After the Lecture, which starts at 10:00 AM, the group will visit various sites where the Chinese miners lived during the Silver Mining Days.
Learn exciting details about the discovery and excavation of the famous King Tut tomb. Diana Hawks, a local archaeologist, will present her thoughts on the importance of this discovery and the reason for the fascination felt by many as they have learned the details. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the excitement.
Please note - this is the 2nd Thursday, not the 1st. Annette Everett is a renowned sculpturer who recently completed the Juanita Brooks statue permanently placed in the Pioneer Gazebo in St. George Town Square. She will not only describe her work on this statue but also of the many others she has created many of which have received awards.
Susannah Nilsson is excited to share with you a fun evening learning about some iconic foods popular in Southern Utah when many of us were growing up. What are they? Come find out. She will not only teach a bit about the foods but will give us a taste. Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Pioneer Courthouse – upstairs. An elevator is available. Free.
Expect a fun evening reminiscing about the many signs you have seen over the years in Southern Utah and throughout the State. Lisa-Michele’s professional background includes more than 30 years of both public and private service as an attorney and community activist. She loves history, legal issues, social justice, and road trips. Her historical interests focus on the American West and vernacular architecture. Her most recent book – VINTAGE SIGNS OF UTAH – will be available after the lecture. It is a fascinating tour of hundreds of vintage signs around Utah. Elevator available.
The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition was a Spanish Journey of exploration conducted in 1776 by two Franciscan priests, Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante to find an overland route which eventually became the Spanish Trail, a trade route from Santa Fe to Pacific Coast settlements. This expedition going on the same time as our Declaration of Independence. Let Reuben Wadsworth share insights to this historic journey. Free to all - 7:00 PM at the Pioneer Courthouse.
Learn about this unique period of time when couples travelled long distances by wagon to the St. George Temple after it was completed. Loren Webb will share much of what he has learned about this piece of history that had a great impact on the growth of our community.
Come join the Washington County Historical Society in a delightful field trip to Pine Valley Mountain - a perfect destination to visit during the last days of summer. The group will caravan from the Pioneer Courthouse, up highway 18 to Pine Valley, leaving at 9:00 AM to enjoy a visit of historical sites. Bring a lunch to eat during your trip. The group should return by 2:00 PM. If you want to meet us in Pine Valley - be at the Pine Valley Chapel at 10:00. You might want to take advantage of being in Pine Valley and go to the park. Current posted rate for entry is $4.00.
Edward Leo Lyman III is an educator, historian, author, and philanthropist. He as taught and published books and article on the history of the western United States or over 35 years. He received his doctorate from University of California, riverside. Leo is a lifetime member of the Washington County Historical Society, He has been the Utah State Director of the Old Spanish Trail Association. Come learn about the importance of this route to the transcontinental highway system. Free to all.
The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang return to delight us with their 15-minute re-enactment of a wild west shootout. The second performance will be at 11:00 AM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 435-632-1215
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-springdale
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.”
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=NEhHK3ZaTzlWMWRTS1Q5VXczcU5hQT09
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.pdf
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!